|Arlington 2017, 12" x 22", 10 epi|
1. Working with an idea
- I started with some photos the client had taken of her father's funeral. How do I express this in a fairly small piece? The solemnity of the day, the beauty of the park and a sense of hopefulness...I like that challenge.
|I started with a watercolor|
2. Manipulating values
- I dye nearly all the yarn I use and the control of values is important. How can I lead the eye where I want it to go? Can I show the soldiers in the foreground against the caisson?
- How do I show stars on the caisson with so few warps? Will I be able to 'collage' the three themes of the piece - the funeral procession, the bugler and the Capitol, how will that sense of distance work?
- I have had a lifetime of trouble with green, wearing it, dyeing it, working with it. It's tricky.
A commission is a great opportunity to work within the parameters of another person's wants and needs. I remembered the many portraits pieces I used to do from photos and how each one was different.
I enjoyed this recent challenge.
Now it's time to experiment once again....
|Latest warp cut, who knows what will happen next....|