April 27, 2016

Four New Hooked Wool Drawings

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.


  1. Each invites meditation and thought.
    More sacred geometry.
    I enjoy the process of seeing them.

    1. Thanks, JBS; you comments are much appreciated.

    2. Meditation and the optical-system combine to produce wonderful results.
      Dues must be paid to experience it...who is going to gaze at a work long enough, rather than rush through a gallery, to thoughtfully combine analysis of geometry with retina-after-images?
      When I am not too lazy.
      #5 produces, among so many other things, great magenta and yellow latent-images...the "real" and [what do you call them?] "imaginary" images enter into a dance over the field.
      Of course, all visual images do it, but the pure and simple are the easiest to catch.

    3. Thank you for that extended comment. We all tend to be lazy too much of the time to really look. Of course what you experience on a screen will be different from seeing the work in actuality.

    4. I'll never forget my first dues-paying...twenty minutes before a large reds-and-yellows Rothko. Then the show really started.
      That's not all-that-long, when I consider the fact that it took three days on the Appalachian Trail before my retinas calmed-down enough for real vision to kick in.