I always suffer from performance anxiety before an art workshop. I feel unprepared. I am still working on designs for the Albuquerque tapestry workshop, but I do think I am heading in the right direction with either the prickly pear photos or the agave. Today I am going to make myself some l-shape frame pieces from cardboard, so I can move around in the images and find the right spot. Another way to avoid trying to reproduce the photo. It's called, I think, a viewfinder frame, or at least that's what this online drawing lesson calls it. It helps separate elements of an image.
The cover of this edition shows what he does in the book. He demonstrates how colors look different depending on the colors they are near. Seems obvious, no? No. The book is spectacular, and to my horror I realized I left it out of my little bibliography on color. And there is a new iPad app out based on the book that is so absolutely cool it has made me think about buying an iPad, just for this app. That would make it a very expensive app, wouldn't it, but I am madly obsessed with it. OK, maybe an iPad mini. The app basically lets you interact with his color images and exercises, moving the color chips around to experiment with how colors change. A limited version of the app is available FREE, and the whole thing, basically the book, interviews with artists and designers, some 60 interactive plates, color puzzles Albers designed... I swear I dreamed about this app the other night.
Back to designs for the workshop. It occurred to me that I could play with colors a la Albers while studying curves in tapestry by doing some exercises with colors not in the geometrics that he uses in the book but with curves, stacking colors near each other. So I am going to play with colored paper to come up with a design, with one eye on the Albers book. I will post them when I have them. Meanwhile I am ordering the anniversary edition of the book. And adding it to my bibliography in the column on the right. But WOW do I want that app.
ETA: I forgot. Knitting. I am almost done with the first sleeve of the seamless Katarina. Stll hoping to have it done by the Albuquerque workshop.