June 22, 2011

New Hooked Wool Drawings

2011 # 24, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 10 x 10 1/4 inches.

When I made my last group of hooked wool drawings, which you can see here, one of the pieces was quite small, made from a scrap of linen. I thought it would be interesting to have four of the same small size, to hang as a group. My idea was to keep them simple: two painted shapes accompanied by hooked wool lines. In #24 the side by side shapes float above two lines.

2011 #25, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 10 x 10 1/4 inches.

2011 #26, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 10 x 10 1/4 inches.

In #25 and #26, the shapes are held inside the lines. There's an odd balance between the flat painted forms and the lines that have an actual physical presence; so that the hooked wool doesn't completely dominate, I've used saturated colors for the painted shapes.

Here are the four pieces hung together on the studio wall. And below is a detail view of the one of the appliqué pins that I found at the local sewing shop and are perfect for hanging the drawings, with their small white tip that disappears against the work. I like the idea of an informal hanging, the pieces dropping loosely against the wall. In this, I was inspired by two artists, Richard Tuttle and Blinky Palermo, whose works operate against a "high art" culture.

Note: in my last post on hooked wool drawings I mentioned an upcoming show of these works along with paintings. Last week, the dealer decided to change the direction of his gallery, so my works no longer fit in his program; my promised show for September will not happen. I am disappointed, but such are the vagaries of the art world, and in the larger scheme of things it is not very important.


  1. Love the tiny space in the top green line of #25. Sorry to hear about the NYC show, we were thinking of a trip to the city to see.

  2. Liz, thanks, glad you like that space, which is actually a technical glitch, from the way I have to hook the line so as not to have a cut end on the end. You'll notice the same little space on #24.
    I'll certainly let everyone know if there's ever another show on the horizon.

  3. Altoon, seeing all four together is fascinating. The simplicity of the colorful floating circle, the triangles, its like getting the essence of a complex thing.
    I too was looking forward to seeing them in nyc. maybe another time.

  4. lovely grouping
    like a play group of 3-year olds
    also appreciate the ability to click and look really closely
    how did you apply the paint?

  5. thanks so much, alicia. I was also looking forward to meeting you, along with other blog readers and facebook friends; I hope there will be another opportunity someday.

    sg, I love the metaphor of playgroup. I used the same paint I use for my paintings and applied it with a brush.

  6. #26 especially compelling to me as the line interrupts the circles' perfection. Sorry too about lost showtime...ups & down of art world just as trying as working with weather in my biz.

  7. I'm glad you like #26 Julie, because that's one where I thought the line might be overpowering.
    The weather is also very frustrating this year, not only the art business: my tomato plants are already showing signs of early blight and I had to pull up my sunflower plants because they were totally diseased.

  8. Yes, best to be "unattached." We worked yesterday where it turned out one of two tornadoes had touched down during previous storm...the stoplights were mostly out and took me half hour to get through one train crossing...many plants here starting to show signs of our higher than normal rain fall and cool temps interrupted by 90 plus.
    I like #26 a lot.