There is nothing better than having time to do some real weaving and the summertime is the best time for that. Being in academia I am lucky to have three months to kick back and really concentrate on my tapestry. Which is just what I have been doing.
It is really starting to look like a parking lot as you can see. I am starting to work on the linear perspective of the wall and trying to get those bricks integrated. It is not really visible in this image but I am using the flying shuttle approach on the vertical lines of the individual bricks while working out the diagonals between the rows. Hopefully they will be more visible in the next go round.
As you can see the dark element of the asphalt has lightened up quite a bit and is trailing off into the lighter surroundings. I think I will continue the line all the way up the piece wandering back and forth just to give it a visual continuity. I think it makes more sense than just letting it disappear.
What I am pleased with is the shadowing between and below the cars, especially on the left hand side. In this image they scan quite nicely. The cars themselves are starting to come together and the whiter windows (although hard to see here) are showing up well using the highly polished DMC.
In the meantime I am trying to work out how to do figures for the City Life tapestry that is next up. I expect to get to it by the fall so I am continuing to sample.
I am working on this image of my nephew Shawn posing with a street performer and boy is it difficult! Not only is is very small but it has a lot of detail, especially in the performers costume (I am losing the flag, I don’t like it). But the hardest parts have got to be the faces which are proving to be quite a challenge. I had the performers face and chest done but the weft was too thick and it was way too ribby. So I spent my Tuesday study group time ripping it back out. Right now I have an arm and chest back in place and I think it looks better. I want to get a bit farther before I publish it so stay tuned…
So I am working hard weaving, unweaving, weaving, unweaving etc, etc. By the time I am ready to do the real tapestry I will be much more confident about the different elements. I think if I had not done the sampling I might have given it up as too difficult. But now I think I will be ready for it when the time comes. So until the next update don’t let work get in the way of life. Find time to do what you love. For me is weaving, what is it for you?