2014 #8, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 15 x 12 in.
I've been enjoying the all-over compositional strategy for my hooked wool drawings; I like the energy that comes from forms that cross the surface, moving the eye around and through.
2014 #9, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen; 2 panels, each 14 x 8 in.
The jump across panels moves from painted to hooked surface; expectations are flipped. The downward blue triangle is similar in color to the blue on the left panel, moving the eye from upper right to lower left.
2014 #10, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 13 1/4 x 16 1/4 in.
The visual energy of this piece is quite different from the two above. Here, the focus is all in the center, a condensed idea of shape and movement. Looking at this, I began thinking about how it would look with those lines reaching to the edges, the orange rectangle moving across the surface. When I began this series of hooked wool drawings, all the images were small and centered, like sketches on a page, so I have a kind of loyalty to that idea, but it may be that it doesn't satisfy me as it used to. I suppose I'll find out in the coming months....