Greens and blues. I’m using these colors more so far this year. I don’t know why. Weeks of dreary, gray weather have me longing for green leaves and blue skies? For a verdant Spring? Maybe.
|String Box 2, 2014. Watercolor paper, merino wool thread.|
I tried the string box design again, this time in a larger piece (8 “ x 8’) with softer, merino wool floss. (Instead of the tightly wound No. 8 pearl cotton.) And I like it better this time. The lines are more clearly defined. The squares firmer. Angles stronger.
|The piece measurs 8 x 8 inches.|
I made String Box 2 for my boyfriend. For Valentine’s Day. The colors are deep, rich and complicated, like him. I added some playful reds and yellow threads. Those colors, in this context, remind me of his wicked, irreverent sense of humor.
|WIP. I may wind up playing with more negative space.|
His mother is a very talented, successful artist whose work I admire a great deal. He has several of her luminous paintings in his home, so it’s a little intimidating to give him a piece of my artwork. But I can’t be afraid to make what I make and to share it. That would not be me.
These angles and lines… I can’t get enough of them. My sketchbook is filled with grids – some with curving lines. Some like circus tents. I want to paint them and stitch them. But I only seem to have time to sketch them or muse upon in those liminal moments before I wake.
|In the sun.|
I can’t imagine being free from this longing for more time.