Friday, July 02, 2010

Growing

The little trees are growing in numbers here. I think I'm going to miss these colourful little pieces when they aren't here, brightening up this old house on cold wintery nights.

They're off to the Jazz up your Nest exhibition at Fledge Design Studio very soon (more info if you click on the picture to the right).
I had a bit of a shuffle around, and the trees and fairy lights work I shared below will now also be in the same show, along with these works I blogged about a few months ago, and the map paper cranes I showed in previous posts (you can see more pictures of them in my flickr photostream). And another larger tree painting, all going well!
Tetris Psychedelia is still in progress, and still doing my head in. I'm afraid I might be taking it a bit too seriously as I begin the work of crocheting all those little squares together. I've found myself pulling out rows because of illogical tetris moves. Oh dear. And I'm way behind on sharing photos of the 1000 paper cranes, but I'm still plodding along with them! With all this painting and tree jumper crocheting, I have just over 400 finished halfway through the year. Will need to start taking those little pieces of paper with me everywhere I go, I think!

I finished another new painting this week. This piece, along with one of my stitched paper collage pieces, Neighbourhood is off to the Emu Swamp Artists Group exhibition, Mystical Light, at Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery from July 15 - August 22.

11 comments:

Gumnut said...

Hi, Loretta.

I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and have spent some time during those weeks literally drooling over your work.

The first piece that caught my eye was your Rainbow African Flower cushion. Your colour choices are beautiful. It's not just the rainbow effect but the individual colours and how you have arranged them just speak to my colour driven heart. I adore that piece.

Once I had devoured the sight of your other crochet creations, all of which speak of your great skill with colour, I've been following your 'tree and fairy lights' paintings. Again your colours are wonderful and you have me sitting here trying to decipher your technique. I know you are using oil pastel, but you mentioned some water-based media? And the swirls in the 'woodwork', are they scratched off pastel? Also the finish, beautifully shown in the fourth photo of this post, how did you create that? It adds a wonderful depth to the pieces. (I understand fully if you don't want to share techiques, or simply don't have the time, but I had to ask.)

You've inspired me to expand my daring with my little used crochet hook as you've opened my eyes to the possibilities. And I've also delved into my art cupboard, brimming with little used equipment, and started dabbling again.

Through your blog, I also discovered Ravelry, a wonderfully inspiring place, so I have you to thank for that as well. I joined a few weeks back and friended you without introducing myself, apologies for that. My two little children have excellent time consuming abilities.

But seeing this post I just had to comment on your paintings. I really like the squares creating a mosaic effect and the subtle shift in colours. Also the lights in the sky literally dance. Lovely pieces of work. Thanks so much for sharing.

Best wishes,
Nutty
Adelaide, South Australia

Charlotte said...

These really are the prettiest pictures I have seen in such a long time, I feel really inspired by them and am definately going to put pastels on my birthday list :)

Bethel of Bethania said...

Loretta...
Be easy on yourself & enjoy the journey...
Love what you are doing... You have such a talent...
Have a wonderful festival...

Nina said...

Your paintings are beautiful. Love your graphic/geometrical and colorful style. <3

Robyn W said...

Loretta....just wanna say i LOVE all you create.....A LOT

Nic Hohn said...

always such a joy to come and see your colour and your creations....

AimeeLarissa said...

I'm in love with your forest delight of colors & patterns! Beautiful work!

Donyale said...

I can't remember where I found your blog but I love your tree creations. They inspired me to go and buy too many dollars worth of pastels and paper to try my hand at such things.....sigh. Lovely.

Nicole Aspinall said...

OMG - PLEASE tell me these (or similar) pieces are available for sale?

Can you please email me - aspinallsatoptusnet.com :)

Arwen said...

I found these on Pinterest, and with your tutorial will be having my class do a basic version of them. They loath oil pastels, so I can't wait for them to start. lol

I am going to make a big one for me, and can't wait to finish. It will really brighten up our house!

l byberg said...

Love your Tetris blanket. What edge did you decide on?