Friday, January 22, 2010

The duck is growing, too...


... but clearly, ducks don't grow as fast as kudzu does! And I don't understand it, as I've put at least 5-6 hours of weaving into this thing, and it's only 10 inches wide! I am slowing down, I guess. Plus, I think those hours were more interrupted than I realize. Big Sigh! Must hustle faster than this, as it's due to the exhibit in March. I used to consider myself to be a quick and efficient weaver, but I am feeling quite like a slug lately. Sometimes it is taking me a long time to just choose the yarn for a tiny shape. I must be obsessing... must stop that, and just weave!

In the vein of trying to shut up that obsessive left brain, I have begun doing the exercises in Steven Aimone's book, Expressive Drawing. It is fun, but I know my husband, passing by the studio, can't believe I'm really working in there when I am flinging paint 'expressively' like that!

More publicity for the portrait exhibit, opening tonight, can be seen here. I was thinking this morning that, if the gallery does another such exhibit, I would weave the portrait. The pottery one shown in this article is quite amazing!

6 comments:

ringadal said...

I am amazed at how much painting and weaving AND knitting that you do. I am impressed by the duck, it has so much detail. I am going to try and bright, graphic piece for my enchanted pathways piece. It is a departure from what i have been doing so far.

Susan

Tommye McClure Scanlin said...

Quack!
Kudzu doesn't have as much personality as a duck!!

(no... not implying YOU'RE a quack!!--think you know what I mean)
Tommye

Jennifer said...

It's also winter and dark which I know contributes to my ability to have speed in what I do - maybe it's just seasonal!

Liz said...

The duck looks great, and I'm sure you'll pick up speed as you go. Having a deadline looming (bad pun, I know) will probably help?

If you have a minute to spare, I have a very silly beginner's question. I see that you stitch your cartoon to the tapestry. How do you cope with all the tail ends on the back? Don't they make the cartoon pooch out away from the warp?

K Spoering said...

I just tuck the ends back, and make sure they're under the stitching as I progress upward. There really is no noticeable pooching out away from the warp by the cartoon, as I stitch it pretty firmly in place. On something this small, I do not let the ends be too long - 1/2 inch - an inch at the most.

Liz said...

Thanks for the info. I think I'm leaving my yarn ends too long. It's pretty poochy behind my tapestry. But not in a good doggy way :-)