August 19, 2012

New Hooked Wool Drawings

2012 #14, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 14 x 13 1/4 in.

Here are two new drawings, the one below a two dimensional design, and the one above adding an illusion of three dimensional form. A couple of months ago I did a piece that departed from my usual flat shapes, adding a bit of volume (you can see it here), and I think I'll continue with that from time to time. #14 seems quite funny to me, with a stolid upright rectangle alongside the bulging one; I'll leave the metaphors to you, and they are many I'm sure.

2012 #15, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 16 1/2 x 13 1/4 in.

In this work, the curves of the arch have broken loose, making lines hither and thither. The color was inspired by the Indian miniature below. I keep a small shelf of art books in my work space, books that frequently provide ideas on color or composition. When I was doing the color sketch for #15 I pulled out my book Wonder of the Age, a catalog for a show of Indian painting at the Met, which I wrote about here. In one of my favorite paintings by Golu, there is a luscious deep purple, lit by golden trees; the reds and blues enhance the effect of that purple, a color a designer might describe as "aubergine". It's quite a journey from a narrative Indian miniature to an abstract textile, but I feel strong ties to this work and much else from the long history of art. 

Golu, The lover prepares to depart; Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh, ca. 1710-20; opaque watercolor on paper; 6 7/8 x 10 5/8 inches.


  1. very effective (they all are), but this one rings my bell.

  2. I love those works as color sources too -- I like both of these textile drawings, the second one is witty too.

  3. I like the way that #14 plays with the eye, and the playfulness of the curves in #15.

  4. #14 made me laugh, I want to swat it to flatten it out. like a fly on the wall. terrific illusion. and i loved your color reference for #15, the shapes and composition also fit that miniature...

  5. Thanks for the comments, Mona and rappel.
    I'm glad #14 made you laugh, rappel; I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds it funny.