Friday, September 28, 2012

And Yet, another direction

Last post I spoke about the direction of my work; and yet, here is another direction entirely that I also love to work in.  Somehow painting the piece vs. printing a photograph before I do my thread painting makes it feel more my own.  When I wrote of this in the past, comments were very favorable toward the work and time involved in getting a good and balanced photo and they are absolutely correct.  Good photography is a skill set unto itself.  I don't claim to be a very good photographer and so the thread enhances them, in my opinion.  The texture of a thread painting is another draw for me as well.  These have become my Threadscapes and they keep me excited.
View from covered bridge in Indiana
This newer piece is painted on watercolor paper during a class I was taking.  Watercolor really appeals to me although I am not very good at it either-yet!  What I am excited about is the detailing I will get to add as I start painting with thread on the machine.  It may not sound like it will make a big difference but the next picture shows my point.
Here is Majestic and how it came to be .   When you look at the before and after, is there any doubt that the stitches add depth and richness to the painting? This piece sold promptly at the next show I entered it into which made me very proud.
Do you have a favorite method to work in (raw edge fusible, painting, dyeing, abstract, etc)? Do you concern yourself with whether all your work should be in the same style or do you like to have 2-3 different styles?

Today is Off the Wall Friday so please be sure to see what other wonderful styles our fellow artists are working in here.


Nina Marie said...

I have been working hard to develop a "style" and even go as far as to work in series. That said - for my figurative work I like to use a neat rough edge applique with a lot of thread painting detail - while with my abstract (which I'm just starting to study) I like to piece more and add the texture through stitching. Yours is quite lovely! Its interesting to see how you work!

Sylvia said...

I enjoy many different techniques, so I am having a bit of trouble defining a "style". Right now I am not worrying about it, I am just glad to be back in the saddle again.

Deborah OHare said...

My problem is that are so many options and I want to try them all. I love your lighthouse.

Kit Lang said...

I generally piece and quilt the background and used painted, fused elements in the foreground.

In my abstracts, I tend to do little or no painting - just piece/fuse/quilt - but that my changing in the future.

Although I think my series work is recognizable as mine, in my own style, in general, when I'm just playing, I'm happy to try different things.

Anonymous said...

I agree that there are so many options to try. Right now, I am trying a wide variety of options... felting, painting, printing. I'm not to the point on establishing a style, but am just DOING. I think it takes a lot of trial and not quitting. I like what you are doing - can't wait to see more.