I decided rather than work on Rose Hips all day yesterday, to take the morning off. I loaded up my rug hooking gear and headed to Wascana Creek to do some Plein Air hooking.
Plein Air hooking is similar to Plein Air painting. The artists would take their paints, canvases, easels, and equipment to the outdoors and hook what was in front of them, without the aid of a camera or other devices. It usually means making a quick sketch of what you see and then, in the case of rug hooking, using what worms (fabric strips) you’ve brought with you to hook. You may or may not have the correct colour, so improvising is sometimes required. I required a lot of it!
It was a great morning – bright and sunshiny with a cool breeze. I parked in the shade and started on this scene…
The end result was nothing to write home about, but it is a beginning. It is a small study, as most of my plein air pieces are. It will be enlarged into a bigger studio piece in the future. I have a couple I would like to work on.
After arriving back home I picked up Rose Hips and struggled with the leaves. I’m still not sure about them. I just don’t like the colour yellow I’ve chosen. I will play with them yet. I want to try the gold again, only stick to one value in the leaf and see if that helps.
What’s happening otherwise? I did turn down the latest exhibit. I had initially expressed an interest, but I have decided I am doing enough for now. Five exhibits in one year is enough.
One event that is coming up Friday, the 19th of June, at 7 PM, is the Dimensions 2015 opening night. I have friends whose work was accepted, and so I will try to attend. It is the night before I leave to head west for a memorial service in Alberta, but I am planning to be packed by then and able to go to the opening. I am hoping one of my friends wins an award. But we shall see.