Hooking like a Post Impressionist Artist

Laura Kenyon1 comment

 

I thought it would be fun to explore some post-impressionism art, especially the use of color and the use of the brush strokes to capture the feeling of the artists of that period in wool.

The art Post-Impressionism era was in the late 1800 to early 1900’s.  Some of the most notable artists would include Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Seurat. These artists rejected the realistic use of color and small brush strokes of the impressionistic painters of Monet and Renoir. 

Post-Impressionists continued to use vivid colors and used a thick application of paint.  These artists distorted both the images and included an arbitrary use of color. The sunflowers below were painted by Van Gogh. Notice the wide brush strokes.

Van Gogh's sunflowers

This is my interpretation drawn by Janet Conner

 

How do we translate this artistic style to rug hooking? The areas to discuss are width of strip, use of color, and use of light.

First the easiest way to translate the wide brush strokes would be with the use of a wide cut of wool.  A wider cut is preferred for the translation of brush strokes but a smaller cut with be fine to translate the color use of post-impressionism.

 

THE USE OF COLOR

This is the most challenging part of a piece.  You can basically use ALL COLORS or few colors in the overall completed rug. While you do not need to decide on everything pick one or two main colors.  I took each motif separately and hooked as if it were the only image on the canvas.  Flowers can be hooked in one base color natural colors but there is a variation and “poison” used in each image.  Use a lot of color.  Take your color wheel and go to an extreme analogous range of that base color.

As an example I have chosen the image of my rug Autumn Bloom rug, designed by Jane McGown Flynn, a Honey Bee Hive pattern. Note that each flower is different but linked.  This is by design in the use of varied colors and “poison”.

 

The colors used for the Echinacea went from red to just shy of green, basically halfway around a color wheel. Here is the helpful hint: use the concept; light, bright, dark and dull. Also use spots and solids.  You will use many colors and it is a great use of all the small pieces we have in our stash.  This gives a large image life.

The Chinese Lanterns use orange, yellows, and purple(veins). The large leaves belong to the Chinese Lanterns and are a yellow green with a few other colors added for effect.  The other leaves are intentionally hooked darker to recede into the background.

The bottom flower was completed last as a Mum type of flower.  As I had worked the purple side of the color wheel for the Echinacea I went with analogous purple to orange(peach) for the Mum.  Notice that this flower is not really defined but the color catches the eye not the light placement or detail.

The next step to consider is the light placement.  Use all your training from fine shading and incorporate it in these motifs.  The difference here is that you are not concerned with the color but the value.  If you want the light to show use a light value on the top pedal under it dark value.  The color does not matter. This is where you can have fun or go crazy.  Let your creative side flow.   Every once in awhile put a strange color in just for the fun of it.

As one last note on color.  Incorporate the colors in more than one motif so your eye will flow from one motif to another.  I used the dark red and orange in all the flowers.  You will also see the leaves have the same brown veins. 

The hardest part was to choose a background.  I went from a peach with a little wash of dark peach to this combination of blue. I found a Van Gogh painting that had a medium dark background against a medium dark painting.  It was perfect.  The image I wanted to convey was dappled shadows.  It took a true solid background to make the motifs stand out.  It also took larger “brush strokes” to calm down the movement.

My final piece ended up all color.  You could absolutely make it anything you want. Just be creative...

And have fun!

Laura

 

 

 

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USA50 - Would you like to contribute?

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Vintage postcards - What is a pareel anyway?

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Laura and I went "Pickin'" a few months ago and  went into a used book shop near the University of Rhode Island. In the back was an old library card catalog (remember those) filled with old postcards.

We found one of the chapel where my brother and sister in-in-law were married in Watch Hill, RI.  That immediately was put in their anniversary card this year.

We found tons of old photos of Europe and faraway places as well as local ones of the area.

And then we found the holidays.  I guess it was common to send postcards the way we send or used to send greeting cards at holidays.  Now, it is often just a quick text message.  I still send cards.  Anyway...

We found some lovely art on these cards. This one a Christmas card  from Dayton, OH to a friend in Detroit.  Postmarked Dec 21,1916-- They must have had better mail service then.  The family wrote a lovely note about how they would love to see their friends' Christmas tree, but they were going to another family's house this year. They wrote how they hoped Santa would be good to them.  The sentiments haven't changed. And a pareel is an old word for parcel that comes from the Dutch.  That explains the little Dutch boy wrapping the gift.

I thought it would make a lovely piece of wall art, or pillow for the season.  If you have a porch at the front door so it doesn't get wet, how nice to hang it on gold braid instead of the usual wreath.Here is the pattern.  You'll find it in the Christmas section or the New Patterns.

 

I thought I would post a few more of the Christmas cards we found.  Maybe you will see those as patterns sometime as well.

Oh, If you are wondering about copyright rules.  Old cards like these are not copyrighted by the publisher and as long as you own the card, you may use it.

Hope you enjoyed this little preview of Christmas ---the Season is coming upon us quickly.  

But first,

Happy Thanksgiving from Laura and me,

Debra

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Defining the words we use to describe color

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Here is a quick summary of our teachers.  Details are under the Eastwood School tab in the main menu.  Hope you can join us!

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Three Seas

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   You know sometimes, you  are having so much time at a meeting or class or gathering, that you get a little carried away?  You get enthusiastic about the future.  Maybe you buy more wool than you need, or you make a commitment to your local group, or you buy a pattern for a rug that is huge.  And then you get home and say "What did I do?"

Well, three good friends, Lita McCormick, Sandy Myers, and Patty Simpson  decided they would have their own little challenge.  They decided to pick a pattern and each hook it in their own way. They chose a great design that is not too big.  It also offers all kinds of choices and improvisations.

 

 

 

 

One friend got right in to it. Her rug was done in no time.  One was in the middle,  And the other said  " What did I get myself into?" and procrastinated a little...okay, well more than a little.

 

Isn't it amazing how they are so different?

Well, guess what, they have decided to do it again.  They are hooking the Talavera Pumpkin...

Stay tuned!

Debra

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"Colors, like features, follow the changes of emotions'- Picasso

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Let me start by saying I hate Picasso.  He was a bully, a woman-hater, a bad husband and father, and jerk by what I can tell. But, he did some things right.

I like his early work, and once in a while, you can find a quote like this one that is worthwhile to hold on to.

My work is usually full of great chroma and contrast. But I am just coming out of a rough time when not only did I not hook very much, but color did not appeal to me.  I even found myself dressing differently.  I live in the South and there is color everywhere, except my closet.  Lots of beige, black, and gray. 

Things are looking up now but I still see less color in my work.  The pieces seem fine, but not what I did before. Not what I think I really am.  I am dyeing with Cushing dyes instead of ProChem. I guess I still have some healing to do.  But my features -  my smile -  is coming back. And soon will the brights and lights.  Enough of the darks and dulls.

Don't worry, Be Happy-

Debra

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Simple Christmas Wishes

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We wish you the time to enjoy what and who you love.
We wish you security in your life...enough of what you need.
We wish you good health or comfort and a path toward good health.
We wish you safety and freedom from anxiety.
We wish you peace in your heart, in your family, in your community,in your world.
We wish you Christmas joy.

Holiday blessings,
Laura Kenyon and Debra Walland

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