Thursday, May 21, 2020

Stripes Morph into Grids

I am still working, slowly, on my Stripes, but I started some smaller works that are becoming grids. They are very much inspired by the Quilts of Gee's Bend, in particular, the ones made from work clothes. I want faded, neutralized colors, like the worn out clothing that is given a new life in a handmade quilt.

I started by painting the center of the 9x12" bristol substrate in a kind of variegated neutral, and then started adding collage bits and some paint to the border. Not sure where this is going.

This is an example of the beginning, in this new series.

Beginning to add collage around the edge. I love the wonky stripes of gray on gray.

This is another one at Stage 2. I want to use minimal color, and emphasize the subtleties in the neutrals.

Still in progress

This one is resting.

This and the next one are a little more colorful. I like the wonky edge around the neutral center. Maybe I'll play with that a little.


13 comments:

  1. Nice series, nice size. Process video coming?

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    1. Hi Selena. It's just painting and collage, not special techniques, so I'm not sure how interesting a video would be. But I'll give it some thought.

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  2. Great stuff! Why do I find it so hard to leave quiet areas, like these have? Inspiring...

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    1. Because EVERYBODY does! It is so interesting, isn't it? That we seem to be, as a species, uncomfortable with quiet, un-filled space.

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  3. you are ALWAYS an inspiration. I love your work and thank you for sharing

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  4. I love these works, both the Stripes and the Gee's-Bend inspired. When I spend time with your art, I feel hopeful. And maybe just a little inspired to turn what I learned from you into expression. Thank you.

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  5. Thanks to both of you, Karen and Susan. I appreciate your kind words.

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  6. As a longtime lover of the visual language of the Gee‘s Bend quilts ( the first time I looked through The Architecture of the Quilt I actually teared up..) I have enjoyed watching your process from stripes to grid.....room to breathe...a color meditation. Beautiful! You are always inspiring!aloha,Leontina

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  7. I smile when I see an email from you in my inbox. Thanks for creating. :)

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  8. Soothing, calming, lovely. Like a well loved quilt.

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  9. Really love these Jane, they are both calming and colourful at the same time

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