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Is It Finished?

Construction #2

I realized that my problem with this piece was that I had made a beautiful background showcasing some of my complex cloth. But, it lacked something. It just wasn’t finished. You can see the original versions in the preceding post. I was so afraid of putting something on top of the fabric and destroying it. Instead, I have found that I did not cover it up, I enhanced its beauty. I used orange construction fence as a template. I had also used construction fence as a resist when I discharged the fabric in the upper right so I thought the repetition of shapes would work as an element. I really wanted to do a torn paper screen print with black paint, but I was afraid of really messing it up. This seemed safer.

It needs to be blocked. I really stretched it as I did the rework on it. Other than that, is it finished?

I forgot to mention that I was back down a couple of pounds on Wednesday. I am not giving up my attempt to lose another 20 pounds before my 70th birthday. Speaking of age, the recent Sunset magazine had an article about some women who live here in the West who are over 100 years of age and going strong. One of them who lives here in Portland and is 101, still sews for a living, making children’s aprons and wine bags. She delivers to her clients, still driving her car. The article talks about how Westerners live longer than people in other parts of the country. The reasons:

  1. We catch more rays and in small doses, it is good for you.
  2. We are farmer groupies. We graze on fruits, veggies and nuts.
  3. We drink wine – (you betcha)
  4. We love to inhale – physical activity and deep breathing regenerate neurons in our brains.
  5. We enjoy spas – taking in treatments that de-stress.
  6. We take stairs. We climb mountains. One of the centenarians said that she deliberately got an apartment on the second floor so that she would use the stairs.

The bathroom renovation is moving right along. The drywall mud is drying over the week-end. He will be back on Monday for the last coat. Painting and tile work commences next week. Mr C picked up the tile today. We went out to the granite showroom and selected a lovely piece of granite for the counter top of a piece that will be built for my closet. It will be in the entry to the bathroom and the walk-in closet. I also picked up some paint chips. They are all so yummy with the tile mosaic, I am not sure which to choose. Steph and Jack will come over tomorrow and help me.

8 Responses to “Is It Finished?”

  1. Judy says:

    Yes, I am having the very same complex cloth issue, but I just figure that it is so much fun to create that when I cut it up and use it, I can go make some more!

    Aren’t you just loving the process of choosing the tiles and granite, etc. It’s almost like making a piece of art!

    So, we sold our 3rd floor walk-up condo…guess we should have hung on to it so that we could torment our daughter for a few more years! LOL


  2. Deb says:

    Don’t think it’s done yet, either. The black adds another layer, but you need something to either connect it to the backgrounds or in some way explain it’s existence on the piece. maybe a echo, maybe some decorative stitching that starts in the black and moves out through the piece. A less linear something than a thin line. Something..

  3. Andee says:

    Hmm, I like it but I also think it needs “something”… but rather than an echo, I am personally leaning towards a contrasting diagonal, thin, perhaps metallic, an understated glimmer to draw the eye into the work and towards the edges…. not placed too central, perhaps towards the top or bottom…. I lean towards the top, one end near where the plaid, green and pruple create a notch, and going towards the top left corner of the opposite green piece, of course that’s just my opinion though

  4. Liz Berg says:

    I don’t feel it is done, yet, Gerrie. I feel you have added another layer but it still needs a focal point, a purpose. I like the idea of thin line. I can also envision blob type shapes strategically placed over the black to soften it just a little. One of your quieter colors, like chartreuse.Something that moves the eye around from one area to the next, something more complex, something that ties everything together. Sorry, it’s the teacher in me!congrats on the weight! You go, girl!

  5. Carole says:

    I really love what you have done to add that ‘excitement’….

    Kristin’s idea is a good one, check out Ellen Lindner’s work for inspiration if some other small piece should maybe be added. I never know for sure when ‘it is done’.
    I admire your work and you have been a source of encouragement to me.
    Keep up your good work.

  6. Karoda says:

    oh, and i also have the same issue with the complex cloth i create.

  7. Karoda says:

    I now have an image of you blogging at 100. 🙂

  8. Kristin L says:

    I think it is nearly there. Have you considered a thin line of something (maybe mustard colored) to echo the striped fabric in the upper left?