Sunday, January 31, 2010
A bit more progress today but not a lot. I'm nearing the 1/2 point at the left--the uppermost part that's woven on the left side touches the bottom of a vine that's located half way across the design. I'll fill in at the right tomorrow before winding more of the tapestry onto the beam.
I almost always reach a stage about half way into a piece when my energy begins to drag. Wonder why that is? Is it because the excitement of starting the new design and making color choices begins to fade away? I'm challenged to select blends of colors but now it begins to become a tedious challenge--not a fun one. I start thinking to myself "Why don't I just decide before hand what color combinations I'm going to use so I can just weave?" or "Why not just use a single color instead of color mixtures anyway?" And so it goes: Whine, whine, whine... doubt, doubt, doubt.
Yesterday I spent a good bit of time weaving and unweaving; did a bit of that today, too. I'm changing the cartoon as I go along and that causes me to stop, look and think. And I'm adding smaller vines in the background that weren't in the original drawing, putting them in where I feel the space needs to be broken up further. I'd mentioned that I want the feeling of this piece to be dense entanglement so the addition of more vine suggestions fits my intent.
I was thinking earlier today about the preference I have for working from my drawings or paintings rather than a photograph I've taken. I came to the conclusion that, although I've occasionally worked from photos directly as my cartoons, I usually need to take the idea and image to another stage. I find either observing photos I've made or working from life for drawing or painting gives me the way to filter. And for me, that filter gives me both distance and closeness to the subject I'm rendering. For instance, to me this tapestry is about one of the critical aspects of kudzu here in the Southeast--the overwhelming quality of it. The plant's vines entwine and tangle around themselves and everything they encounter. There's quite a sinister feel to seeing mounds of kudzu covering everything it grows over. Yet the plant itself is so visually beautiful. In working from the photographs to develop the cartoon I selected what I felt was the essence of both of those ideas--the overwhelming and the beautiful. Hope I can make both work out!
Posted by Tommye McClure Scanlin at 6:32 PM