I find it important to look at other disciplines and media in order to grow as an artist. As such I not only hold subscriptions to rug hooking and spinning magazines, but also to art magazines such as “International Artist”. I garner ideas for inspiration and methodology for approaching my rug art. Today I spent time going through some past issues of IA, noting ideas for future reference.
Better than reading a magazine is to wander the local art galleries for ideas. I take my sketchbook and note ideas in the car between stops. Sometimes I sketch sample compositions.
The composition for “Ice Caker” was modeled after a painting I saw at the Assiniboia Gallery in Regina, SK. I have no recollection of who the artist was, and the piece has long since sold. But whoever it was, I thank them for solving my compositional dilemma.
I spent part of this morning doing Internet searches for old artist friends that were involved in the Airdrie Artist Guild with me many years ago. The Guild is now defunct. I was pleasantly surprised to find several have done quite well since the early ’90s. I was prompted to look them up because I finally have some of their early pieces framed to put on the walls here. It is interesting to see the progression of an artist’s style over the years. I have pieces spanning 10 years for one artist, and spanning 20 or 30 for another. I am left wishing I had the resources to purchase some of their current pieces. But my, how expensive their art has become! I am so happy for them, but sad for me. 🙁
I am busy dyeing wool swatches again today. The last tan is cooling on the stove. This afternoon I plan to start dyeing reds. 🙂 I love red, so this is going to be FUN! I cannot get over the lovely colours I am dyeing. The photos on this blog in no way do them justice. I just cannot seem to catch the vibrancy of the colours with my camera. I imagine it is my lighting. I am often shooting in the evening.
Well, it’s back to dyeing wool…’talk’ to you all later. 🙂