Friday, January 16, 2009

Illustration Friday: Pale


The IF topic today is Pale. Hmmmm. It made me think of this tapestry that I wove long, long ago called "Northern Lights." It was so long ago that I didn't have an image of it in my computer (maybe a pre-computer piece), so I had to scan a slide of it. It's not the best image, but it is pale! (In fact, the image itself is pale in comparison to the more colorful tapestry.)

I looked it up in my invaluable green book; the one that has all my tapestries listed, with all pertinent information about each of them. It was woven in 1995 and is 35"x35".

An added tribute: Andrew Wyeth died early today in his sleep, at the age of 91. I don't have many walls for art in my home, and the few I have are covered with my own tapestries, or paintings by myself or my friends. The only print I have is the one below, by Andrew Wyeth. It so captures reality, as does all of his work. We have caught Wooster doing the 'life imitates art' bit, in this exact pose. I have always been so influenced by Wyeth's work, and the work of other illustrators, that I don't refer to myself as a 'tapestry artist' but rather as an illustrator of life who works primarily in the medium of handwoven tapestry. When someone like Wyeth leaves us, there is a huge gap in the world of illustration and art. It will be quite a challenge for us all to fill it!

Now I'm back to the loom to finish up a quite UN-pale pear!

8 comments:

Teri C said...

Wow, it looks just gorgeous!

studio lolo said...

Lovely polar bear...perfectly pale :)

Thanks for the Wyeth news. I was already thinking of painting something in his style (if only I could.) I mean a pale woman in a black dress. He's one of my absolute favorite artists of all times. Now I'm going to take his book off my shelf and sit with him a while.
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Tessa said...

Your tapestry is spectacular..and probably even more so 'in real life'. Wonderful contrast too, pale bear and fiery Northern Lights.

Jennifer said...

The Wyeth painting has always captured my heart. Thanks for sharing the news and the tapestry!

indigene said...

Beautiful piece! I really like Andrew Wyeth's work and I don't live far from where he use to live, work, and play, so it was hard to believe that he's gone.

Christina E. Rodriguez said...

While the news is sad, your post is wonderful.

Bella Sinclair said...

Absolutely gorgeous tapestry. Work work is amazing.

I had not heard about Wyeth's passing. I'm very sad to hear it. That print that you have is one of my favorites, too.

Sandra said...

Beautiful work! Leave the housework, keep creating.