Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A great place to study

Study color, shading, composition, value.

That’s what I’ve been doing with this website. Please take a look at it and see if you don’t agree with me. It’s

Take this black dog, for instance. Notice there isn’t really that much black involved in his body. That’s what I’ve been studying! Look at all the blues, lavenders and purples.


And can’t you just see a rug designed with this image in mind? Look at the color!!!


I’ve always wanted to hook a self portrait. Studying these paintings would sure help with the color selection. And the general understanding of where to place the values on your face.

Again, look at all the colors in her face. Not flesh toned at all.


How about backgrounds? This could be hooked with a great spot dye!


And there are quite a few basic mandala shapes we could incorporate into rugs! And each one is a great lesson in color planning.


I hope everyone enjoys the site as much as I do. If you sign up, it will be delivered every day in an email.

Is it just me or do all of you see rugs in everything you look at? It gets kind of weird, actually. LOL

I finished the little heart hooking this afternoon. Haven’t taken a picture yet though. And I forgot to sew around it before I hooked it so I haven’t cut it out yet either!

Have a great evening…




Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Very interesting pictures! Years ago, I took a painting class from a well known local artist and I was always amazed at the colors she saw in things ~ she really helped me to look at things in a different way and I'm sure this site will, too! Thank you for sharing that ~ you're good!

April DeConick said...

Thanks for this post Sheri. It is amazing looking at artwork and seeing the use of value and color. Very instructive for our rug hooking. My plan is to experiment this year with value hooking and see what I can achieve.

Orange Sink said...

Looks like a great site! I used to paint. This makes me want to get out the brushes. Right, I am struggling to find time to hook! Thanks so much for sharing this, it is a very good study and certainly great for "seeing" color in the things we look at! Thank-you Sheri! Cathy G

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Hey Sheri, good to hear from you! I ran down to Spring Creek this afternoon and when I got there my booth had been picked over. I was speechless! A couple of gals with a store in KC had been there and really shopped, yeah! But I had come with a bunch of new stuff, so I filled it back up. There was a lot of great stuff around, everyone is bringing new things in! Hope all is well with you. Loved seeing your ideas for rugs and discussing color. Really great!

katie said...

That was such an interesting post. I think I will go sign up. Color is amazing isn't it.


TamboinMO said...

thanks for posting the website...I'm in love

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Thank you so much for joining my site. I really appreciate it and as always I love coming over here seeing whats new.
Congratulations on being published. Wow how exciting that has to be for you.
You need to come on my site and do a tutorial about your art. I so would love to learn more about you and your rugs.
Not sure if I every told you I too am a breast cancer survivor. You hang in there and do everything you can to take care of you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I wouldn't have paid attention to the colors in that black dog until you said so! What an awesome class to take. I've always loved art, but never had the time to take classes. Maybe when my babies are grown and out of the house. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Stanforth-Sharpe said...

Thanks for this post, Sheri. What you say about colour is so true. Too often we just look at something and say,"It's black", or "it's blue", without really appreciating the depths and tonal variations that are there. Thanks for the reminder.My love to you. xx

SweetAnnee said...

I love to see paintings come to life and always wonder, how can they do that.
I guess looking at colors and shadows does
alot.. Thanks for sharing..

Are you doing chemo or radiation now??

coinguyslady said...

Hey Girl,where are you? We miss you....

Blasé said...

so much lil' time!

Kim said...

Hi Sheri,
I signed up to receive those emails. Thanks for the tip. I think its going to prove very helpful in future rugs. Sometimes I see something I want to hook but get scared off by the colors and shading. Now I'm hopeful again!
Hugs and prayers xoxoxo Kim