May 7, 2012

New Hooked Wool Drawings

 2012 #8, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 13 1/2 x 13 in.

Here are four new drawings that I've just completed. I usually work on several of these pieces at once because the actual painting and hooking don't take that long, but there is a good deal of preparation––working up the drawings and transferring them, figuring out the size of the linen, cutting and ironing it––and then finishing––deciding on the final dimensions, applying matte acrylic medium to the edges and then cutting them––that it makes sense to have a small assembly line. The first piece I'm showing above, #8, is unusual in this body of work in that it has an illusionistic form, something I haven't done before, but might try again as long as I keep it simple.

2012 #9, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 13 1/4 x 15 5/8 in.

Some elements escape, and some are held inside the rectangle.

2012 #10, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 15 3/8 x 12 1/8 in.

A hinge, an angle (a comic mouth?).

2012 #11, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 14 5/8 x 13 1/8 in.

When I first did the sketch for #11 I had only the tilted rectangle with the rounded form on top of it, then I thought to add the intersecting lines which add a subtle illusion. I chose to use a patterned wool for the green form, which adds more texture. I continue to have fun with these drawings, and continue to be surprised that I don't run out of ideas; I'm saying this as an artist who has worked from a motif found in the real world for almost her entire painting life.


  1. they are charmed

  2. I like the playful allusion to a question mark in #8, and the overlapped grid in #11.

  3. these are wonderful Altoon. the first three remind me of punctuation possibilities.

  4. I love the colors of #8 and the movement in #9.

  5. Thanks, rappel and Cheryl. I love that different people gravitate toward different images. It seems that a couple of you––Mona and rappel––were thinking punctuation.

  6. I love these, even more than the "hooked wool drawings" you've posted before!