The Softening of Colors

by Lisa Call on September 27, 2012

in From The Studio

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Structures #144, Structures #144 and Structures #141 ©2012 Lisa Call, Textile Artist, Denver, Colorado
Structures #144, Structures #142 and Structures #141
©2012 Lisa Call
12 x 12 inches each
Textile Painting (Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)
Mounted on stretched canvas

Cycles of Color

As I was updating my website yesterday to add Structures #144 to my page of collectible small artworks in the Structures series, I noticed a trend in my last few smaller work – my colors are getting softer again.

Long ago I work in this softer color palette quite a bit but lately it has been replaced with more vibrant and bold colors. It’s interesting to see my preference cycle back around again to the softer palette.

 
Do you notice this in your own use of color – be it in your art or decorating?

Previous Work

Here is a small selection of my previous work with a similar palette. Back then the colors were even lighter in many cases.

Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Structures #40 ©2005 Lisa Call, Textile Artist, Denver, Colorado
Structures #40
©2005 Lisa Call
44 x 44 inches
Textile Painting (Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)
Available at The Art Quilt Gallery

 
Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Structures #35 ©2005 Lisa Call, Textile Artist, Denver, Colorado
Structures #35
©2005 Lisa Call
57 x 55 inches
Textile Painting (Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)
Collection of University Hospitals – Cleveland, Ohio

 
Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Structures #38 ©2005 Lisa Call, Textile Artist, Denver, Colorado
Structures #40
©2005 Lisa Call
43 x 42 inches
Textile Painting (Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)
Available at The Art Quilt Gallery

 
Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Structures #26 ©2004 Lisa Call, Textile Artist, Denver, Colorado
Structures #26
©2004 Lisa Call
24 x 24 inches
Textile Painting (Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)
Available at The Art Quilt Gallery

 
Abstract Contemporary Textile Painting / Art Quilt - Structures #13 ©2005 Lisa Call, Textile Artist, Denver, Colorado
Structures #13
©2004 Lisa Call
35 x 44 inches
Textile Painting (Fabric hand dyed by the artist, cotton batting, cotton thread)
$4800

 
PS – I’m still on the recovering side of the cold I got upon my return from NYC – next week I’ll feel up to writing about my opening and share the thoughts from my artist talk.

{ 2 comments }

carol trice September 29, 2012 at 7:47 am

Lisa

I was thinking the same thing when I saw your “Kale” piece. Even though they are softer than what you have been working with recently, the new trend does not to be a grayed down as your previous work. There is still a sense of vibrancy with the softness.

Carol

Lisa Call October 6, 2012 at 7:56 am

Carol,

Excellent observation – I agree – my colors are a lot less grayed then they used to be. Thanks – I love receiving these types of observations about my work – super helpful for me.

—lisa

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