2013 #18, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen; 2 panels, each 7 x 16 1/2 in.
It's been at least a couple of years since I stopped listening to the radio and had complete quiet in the house, and I believe it's been very helpful to me in coming up with ideas for my work. Instead of my head being full of politics or social issues, my mind is free to wander, thinking of this and that, having little brain waves, using my "little gray cells" as Hercules Poirot would put it, or "using my noodle" as my father would say. I had taken out a sheet of thumbnail sketches for new hooked drawings, and began to think about where I would take the next works. One day I just looked down at a sketch and thought, gee, that could be a diptych! Of course diptychs have been on my mind, having just completed a textile diptych, which you can see here, and not long ago a painting diptych here. I like the way forms leap across the space between panels, the way our mind completes the curves, makes them whole, yet at the same time creates a jumping rhythm.
2013 #19, hand dyed wool on linen; 2 panels, 12 3/4 x 8 and 8 x 8 in.
The theme of both these pieces are curves, how they continue across a divided space, the relationships set up from one panel to the next. I like the big simple sweeps of color, wool, and linen; I enjoyed playing with vertical and horizontal formats. I think I'll do more of these.