December 22, 2010
New Hooked Wool Sketches
Here is a new group of sketches, to add to the previous ones, which you can see here and here. It's been a great pleasure to work on these, from the first pencil sketches, to adding color to the sketch, to working out the design at full size. Adding color to the warm linen surface, with paint and wool, as though drawing on a richly textured surface, is very satisfying. The entire process is quick, so I'm able to work through a lot of ideas in a short time. When I look at sketches hung on the wall, I find myself feeling touched by them, as though they are vulnerable and modest beings who might be here and gone in a moment. A friend (thank you!) suggested that I use acrylic matte medium to glue the edges of the linen, and this now more transparent edge emphasizes the thin and fragile quality. I feel that I'm getting at something that I love about abstraction in these pieces, a paring down to essentials, a poetic utterance. Their lightness is a welcome change from the more weighty paintings and hooked ruglets.