Saturday, June 25, 2011

Flowers and Glaciers

The Pics to Picks photo that I have selected for my inspiration has blue and white china (which I love) and flowers much like those in DH's here is the photo.

I played with it just a little in Photoshop and really like the tiled effect.  Then I used an online web design color tool to help me see all the colors.  The tiling seem to lighten the colors a little.  So I used the same color tool with the original photo.  You can see the differences below.

Meanwhile, back in the studio, I finished weaving a laprug using a cashmere weft (hand dyed yarn from Lisa Souza) and started a tencel scarf using the colors in the glaciers at Mendendall Glacier and at Glacier Bay. Here are a couple of photos from our Alaska cruise that I used in my color selection for the scarf:

You can see more photos from our cruise here.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Pics 2 Picks -- Second Pic

Esame’s second pic has opened a whole new area for me -- Aboriginal artists from South Australia. Take a look at the photo I have linked here on the right. The large orangey-blue painting between the two women is the one that started me down this path. Esmae sent me an exhibit sheet from the Desert Mob 2006 guide that shows the center portion of the painting. (Desert Mob is an annual art event held in Alice Springs.) From there I followed a Google path leading to paintings with really fabulous use of color. 

I found a really great PDF about an exhibit entitled, Desert Country and from there explored the work of various artists. I’ve listed some of the links I followed below. Tunbridge Gallery
Marshall Arts -- this link is really good because it lists the geographic areas and the artists -- describing what the area is know for.

I could look at these paintings all day -- but I had better save it for later and go wind a warp!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pics 2 Picks...First Pic

Esmae's packet of photos arrive (from Australia)...a very diverse and thought provoking group of photos.  The first one, linked here, is from an exhibit of the works of Shumei Kobayashi, entitled  "Weaving The Future".  From the other photos on the Facebook page of the Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne, his work is really amazing.  If you are on Facebook, take a look at the gallery's page -- they have 28 photos from the current exhibit.  Then Google "Shumei Kobayashi" and look at his other work.  You will be blown away by how fabulous it is.  Thanks to Esmae for introducing me to the work of his awesome artist!

Stay tuned for more pics and for details of the weaving conference I just returned home from.