Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Long Rings 2010 - creating inside spaces
INSIDE SPACES The inspiration for the designs inside each ring comes from whim or whimsy, a purposeful attempt to work out a new design, or from a sense that the intricate designs might need to be balanced by a solid ring.
NOT TILE WORK Some of my small space designs come from a misplaced urge to do intricate tile work. I have snipped and shaped ceramic tiles and won't do it again because: (a) it requires safety glasses, (b) snipping makes loud noises that can frighten the cats; (c) mistakes can send chips everywhere, and (d) painting tiny shapes is much more fun for me.
NOT WOODWORKING I find another set of inspirations in old paintings with intricate frames and catalogs and photographs of decorative molding. The intricate detail in carved molding can be breathtaking. The work of a talented woodworker who knows and loves the tools of the trade leave me awestruck.