Art for Art's sake... and mine, too.

As an art student my focus was on oil painting.  I loved the dimension that could be achieved with a palette knife or a brush loaded with lots of paint.  There is a richness to oils that is not matched by other mediums, in my opinion.

But then as a practical person, I wondered just how many oil paintings can one use?  I know that Art should be created for Art’s sake.  I suppose being useful is not the point of making Art, but for my personality it does matter.  That’s when I discovered rug hooking.  I can “paint” with wool.  It satisfies my need to create something beautiful and artistic, but it can also be used.  Conundrum solved!

My latest hooked piece was done as a topper for an antique trunk that serves as a coffee table / footrest.  I had another hooked rug on it, but it didn’t conform to the dimensions of the trunk top and wasn’t fastened to it, so I was constantly fiddling with it.  Not one of the world’s biggest problems, I know, but it bothered me enough to goose me into hooking something just for this purpose.

I don’t do many geometrics, but I wanted something non-pictorial and maybe use up lots of my wooly-worms in the process.  As usual, this piece didn’t make an obvious dent in my worm stash.  I thought it would be interesting to start in one corner with cold/cool colors, transition to cool/medium, then medium/warm, and finally warm/hot.  It was fun to do and was a bit out of my usual color palette, which is always good for the soul.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the creation something colorful and useful!

"Variations". a practical rug.

"Variations". a practical rug.

"Variations" in situ.

"Variations" in situ.