I love the summer months. Days are longer, schedules relax, lots of outdoor activity and fun in the sun. Living in the Pacific NW, we savor these months because the rest of the year is definitely seasonal with lots of rain and weather.
I am continuing along with my vineyard series. I have to admit, it has been a little stop and start lately with other activities in my life creeping in. Moving forward, I decided to change things up a little bit. My goal is to complete 4 works for my series by summer's end. To do that, I realized that I had to place my studio focus on specific goals.
I finished Vineyards 16 a couple of weeks ago, at least the piecing portion of it. The next step will be to begin the surface stitching. Normally, I would jump right into this next phase to complete the piece. As I thought about time and plans on the calendar for the remainder of the year, I decided that my goal would be to make the works, and then finish them with stitching and facing this fall. Here is Vineyards 16:
My focus for this piece was to experiment with "negative space". As I was finishing this work I thought about taking a look at controlling the "negative space" even more. My next piece that I want to create will be be that of a winter theme with a neutral palette. Here is what I have come up with so far: (click on images to enlarge)
The photo on the left is a vineyard in the winter. I love the sparseness and graphic nature of this image. The middle image is a sketch that I was playing with to capture my thoughts as I move forward. The last image are the fabrics that I have pulled for this composition, Vineyards 17. My intent is to float my stakes in the center of this work and surround it with a white field. This piece will be a rectangle, not sure yet what the dimensions will be until I start.
I already have ideas dancing in my head with how I want to explore Vineyards 18. The sketches began one night or shall I say morning, 3:00 AM to be exact, as I put pencil to paper capturing my ideas before they vaporized into the night. This is an entirely new concept that I want to explore for construction and then have a chance to compare the two methods side by side.
I thought I should proceed with one more piece using the piecing techniques I have been using for the last few works before jumping into my new idea; more on that later. For now though, I will continue forward, work on Vineyards 17, complete the piece and then set it aside to be finished this fall.
That is what I have come up with for my summer focus to include studio time as well as all this season has to offer. Hope everyone's summer plans are beginning to shape up, and you have a chance to enjoy the months ahead!
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