Thursday, September 29, 2011

 I washed this fleece today. It's Merino from a local sheep breeder.
 Here it is in the first wash. I then rinsed it two times.
 Then I drained out the excess water in the spin cycle of the washing machine and put it out to dry on my improvised drying rack. It was a beautiful day today so I got to do this all outside. Makes it nice as although hubby is supportive, he doesn't care for Eau de Sheep Poop all over the house.
 In between washing fleece, I decided that I needed to make something for Felt United which I've always meant to do but never have. This year's colors are from red to blue. So here is what I had in those colors.
So I made up three bird houses. Another thing on my list of to do's. So here are the birdhouses, partly laid out. I didn't get finished but will finish them up tomorrow. Then I'm going to hang them out in front of the house. So stay tuned and I'll show the finished bird houses tomorrow.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Journal

 When the local Borders store went out of business, I bought several books for half price including Journal Spilling by Diana Trout. I also found a journal for 60% off. I glued two pages together to make the paper thicker and then added a coat of gesso. I think I'll do a bunch of pages so that they are all ready to go.
 This is a page that I cut out of the journal to give a bit more room. I colored it with watercolor pencils and then wet it down just to get some color on the page. I will tear this up to use as collage bits to paste into the journal.
This was the sunrise by my house a couple of weeks ago. The air was smokey because of forest fires so it makes the sun really red when it rises. There isn't much good about forest fires and smokiness in the air but it does make for spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Design Focus Friday - Rhythm

 Do you listen to music while you create? Does that change the rhythm in your work. The marbling above has a nice flowing rhythm with a little excitement added in with the red dots.
 This postcard is repetitious and has more of a staccato type of rhythm as the eye jumps around more.

And this is also very repetitive but flows better as your eye has a tendency to move up or downward.

This is probably the last of the Design Focus Friday posts. It has been a year since I started this journey and I feel it has really helped me with thinking about design a bit before jumping right into a piece. I hope you have enjoyed the series of posts and thanks for stopping by.

In another note, my big project is almost complete. I just have a bit of mopping up to do and then it will be off to the publisher. Yes - I wrote a book about felting. I will soon have a bit more information for you. I'm very excited that it is finished and there will be more details to follow. So I will be around the blogs more, leaving comments and showing you some actual new work in the near future. WooHoo!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Design Focus Friday - Rhythm

 The use of chain stitch as a filler in this piece gives a very flowing rhythm to the end result.
 The use of dots could seem more disjointed in rhythm but because they are spaced close together, the eye sees the entire shape instead of just the dots. So it ends up being more sinuous than spotty.
The rhythmic repetition of squares by themselves creates a choppier rhythm than the two pieces above.

How do you use elements in your work to create rhythm? Leave a comment and a link so we can all take a look! Thanks for stopping by and I will soon be back to normal operations as my big project is almost complete. WooHoo!!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Design Focus Friday - Rhythm

Rhythm in art refers to the movement of the viewer’s eye, a movement across recurrent motifs providing the repetition inherent in the idea of rhythm. It is based on repetition and involves a clear repetition of elements that are the same or slightly modified. Most often we think of rhythm in the context of shapes and their arrangement.

Flowing horizontal curves give a feeling of relaxation and calm or connecting and slowing. The rhythmic pattern chosen will quickly establish an emotional response to a piece. If the shapes are rigidly defined with sudden and startling value changes, you will achieve a feeling of abruptness and dynamic contrast. If the rhythm is consistent or regular throughout the composition, the mood will also be consistent. However, if the rhythm is in an irregular pattern, it may be unsettling to the eye.

Alternating rhythm consists of successive patterns in which the same elements reappear in a regular order. This is seen many times in the natural world. Alternating rhythms and rhythmic variety can relieve predictability in a design.

Progressive rhythm gives a feeling of a sequential pattern and is achieved with a progressive variation of the size of a shape. This is seen in perspective changes when we look at buildings from an angle. The perspective changes the horizontals and verticals in to a converging pattern that creates a regular sequence of shapes gradually diminishing in size.

Questions to get you started:

Rhythm is usually associated with music. Can you make a composition that is based on your favorite piece of music? How does the repetition of the shapes you are using remind you of the music? How can you use the various elements i.e. line, shape, color, value, texture to form the rhythm and feeling of the music?

Can you use rhythmic repetitions in your work to show movement? How can you depict sequential patterns? Or alternating rhythms?