Thursday, October 30, 2014

Studio Tuesday (on Thursday)...



I missed my 'Studio Tuesday' this week, as my husband wanted me to go to the mountains with him. I have to confess that all day I felt like I was truly missing something important. I've committed to this one day a week to work, and it did not feel right to me even to postpone it for a couple of days. And today, being a Thursday, with my Thursday chores and commitments, does not feel 'right' for a Studio Tuesday. So I guess I am going to have to be more firm about my commitment, or I will be having 'Grumpy Tuesdays' and maybe even 'Grumpy Thursdays!'

This morning then, after I did some Thursday work, I went to the studio and finished hemming the 'April' tapestry, though I have not yet prepped the stretcher to mount it on. I have the stretchers my husband has made for both it and the as-yet-unmounted 'November' tapestry. But my mind was not in the right place today for doing finishing work. I wanted to do beginning-work!


So, I began to design the 'July' tapestry. I have been given permission from my 10-year-old grand-daughter to use an image of her from last summer. I am putting together several photos to use as source images, so, though I may primarily work from the photos for detail work, I need to compose the layout: how and where everything will fit into the 18 inch square that will be the tapestry. I'm going back and forth between photos, the painting in progress, and the computer; adding and subtracting elements, making some things smaller and some larger. I have to confess that this is my favorite part of the design process! And I wouldn't want to do it without using ALL the tools: the paint and canvas, the camera and the photos, and the computer. It seems to take them all for me to find the image I will be happy enough with to weave. And of course, I really want this tapestry to be special, because the subject, my beautiful grand-daughter on a hot July beach, is a wonderful and special subject. I want the tapestry to feel warm and sunny and young! How to do that?


It is difficult for me to have a studio work day with my husband now retired. He is quite used to dropping in to check out what I am doing, but I am not used to having visitors in my studio during a serious work time. It is hard to switch my brain off, then back on again, while in creative mode. I pointed out the "No Trespassing" sign at my door to him, but he was just amused. Only Booker takes my 'no visitor' policy seriously, only ignoring it if it is thundering. Of course, Gus thinks I cannot work without his supervision, but he doesn't disturb me, other than moving into my chair as quickly as I vacate it.

In spite of the postponement of 'Studio Tuesday' and the no trespassing issue (which I may have to resolve with an electric fence,) I did get a bit of design work done today. As soon as I post this, I will do a bit more at the computer; cropping and subtracting and adding, and then I hope to get a maquette into a usable form before next Tuesday, which will be a Studio day. It will hopefully be a loom warping and cartoon enlarging day for the 'July' tapestry!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

For those of us whose husbands have died, this is a very sad post. Please reread your text and then think how you might feel if your husband had died. Perhaps you could thank Jesus that you still have the opportunity to be together and live your lives in union. Many of us have lost our men and realize how much we would give to have them back......just saying......

K Spoering said...

Oh, I would never want anyone to think my 'grumping' about sharing my time or space means I would rather have it any other way! I do thank the Lord for my wonderful husband many times every day. We are, however, needing to work out logistics on the big changes that have occurred in our lives lately. My husband likes to be busy, as do I, so we're working on times when our 'projects' can overlap, and times when we need to work alone. Weaving a tapestry, and especially designing one, is a solitary and time consuming process for me. We'll get there! He has agreed to be in charge of dinner on Tuesdays, which is a big deal for us both, as he's never really cooked much. I'm pretty excited about that.
I am sorry that you have lost your spouse. I can't imagine how difficult that adjustment would be. It seems that life is a series of making adjustments to changes, and I am not a very adaptable person, by nature. It sounds like you know Who you can lean on through the times of hard changes, and I pray that time will bring you joy again.