Monday, February 1, 2010

kudzu twines on...


4 comments:

K Spoering said...

I am so impressed with your persistence! Jealous, too, I must confess. I must ignore puppys and falling ceilings and get to the studio!!! I can't believe you're already at the half-way point on this piece. You have inspired me.

Tommye McClure Scanlin said...

Thanks Kathy,
I sympathize with your ceiling problems!! We've had lots of water challenges here in our old house as I think you know. Not fun. AND we didn't have a teenage puppy to contend with, along with everything else!
The piece you're working on of the duck will be just wonderful so run away from the reality to the studio and swim away with that duck!!

lyn said...

Tommye,

I am really enjoying watching the progression in this piece & it is bringing back memories of the 23 years I lived in the South seeing kudzu everywhere. As you said, it just insidiously drapes, twines, & snakes it way over every stationery object in its path... trees, bushes, even old houses!

I especially enjoyed your thoughts about sketching from photos to develop your design ideas instead of weaving from a cartoon traced directly from a photo. That is the method I have been using until starting to study with Silvia; my saguaro oscuro tapestry is the result of sketching & observing first before weaving. I had always thought that since I "know" how to draw I could skip that step, but my eyes have been opened & my opinion changed. Your work is the perfect example of the important need to explore during the design process before charging ahead to the creating process!
Lyn

Tommye McClure Scanlin said...

Yes, Lyn... I've found that what I represent through my observation (whether from photo I've taken or real life object/place) by drawing or painting has a different feel when I go to the next step of interpretation into tapestry. Drawing as discovery of not only appearance but ideas as well. For me, the time spent looking, analyzing, rendering all add depth to how I understand whatever it is I want to weave about. The forms of the thing(s) becomes reduced and simplified, abstracted into an essence that I can focus on when I weave.