Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Back to faces

I have been trying to take Goethe's advice, as per the featured phrase in my embroidery. Have been bashing the sewing machine to produce yet another face in stitch..... they have featured a lot over the last five years...... don't worry this is just a short Renaissance, whilst I get my head adjusted. Normal colour and abstracts will be resumed as soon as things get back to normal. Why is it we go back to trusted and safe practices when things get difficult??

I have been reading a thought provoking book called "Masterpiece" by Miranda Glover. Have a look here for more information. Just loved her choice of ladies featured by famous male artists and selling herself as a masterpiece at Sothebys. Hope you get the chance to read it. I borrowed mine from the local library. Has my vote for a good read. It is fiction, but uses " real" paintings. Certainly I suspect many of us can empathise with the notion of "struggle to reconcile the value of her art with the fundamental values of her life".Seems to be a constant struggle.......... to my mind!

I have also been reading " Concerning the spiritual in Art" by Kandinsky. I bought this from Amazon and have made lots of notes in the margins..... I will also have to re-read it I think. I would love to read the original version, mine is translated by M.T.H. Sadler. Not such an easy read as the last volume.
I am finding it quite hard to settle to concentrated art work.... I seem to be skirting around it all, and doing "safe" stuff. Maybe it is a combination of the time of year and dark evenings and!

Carrie, in answer to your question about the the coloured shibori in the last post. I used transfer crayons and paper, then wrapped the paper, fabric around a tube and so when it was heated, the string made the impressions on the fabric. I just loved the effect. Have not got a clue how I will use it at the moment... no doubt something will occur to me soon.