2016 #5, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 17 1/2 x 16 in.
When I am working on studies for new hooked wool drawings, a theme sometimes emerges; with this group it might be "line and shape". Each work has a line––or double line––of hooked wool along with painted and/or hooked shapes. Above, two divided circles, half painted and half hooked, are held together with the blue line of a square.
2016 #6, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 15 x 12 in.
A curved line touches the point of a yellow rectangle, while a second line encloses an implied oval.
2016 #7, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 2 panels each 16 x 7 in.
Double-lined circle and oval float on blue fields in this diptych. The curved outlines of the blue against the unpainted linen are different in each panel, creating an offbeat rhythm.
2016 #8, hand dyed wool and egg tempera on linen, 17 3/4 x 18 in.
A thin oval plays off against dense curved shapes inscribed within rectangles. Of course there is always the question the balance of all elements: color, line, shape, and their relationship to the surface of unpainted linen. All artmaking is a juggling act.