Monday, April 20, 2015

Demo for Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild

Everyone is welcome!

May 9, 2015   9:30am
The Point for Arts and Education at CC Young Center
4847 West Lather Drive
Dallas, TX

From the Guild's Newsletter:
Doris is a former weaver who has moved her work into painting.  She will be discussing not only her application of weaving to her current work, but also how color impacts the planning and execution of her art.  She will be giving us a virtual tour of her work, and also will have some small pieces with her to display.  See her bio here in the newsletter.  Plan to come and bring a friend!

MAY MEETING - Doris Vasek in Color & Art 
Artist’s Statement ---  Doris Vasek
My paintings are all about the color.  
I started painting in watercolor in 2005.  It was the cleanness of their colors that attracted me.  It turned out to be an easy transition from hand dyeing my own yarn for weaving, fiber for spinning or fabric for quilting to my move to watercolors.  My paintings have always been representational.  No matter what I paint in watercolors, it is the color that first draws me to the image.  
Flash forward to 2013 and see my interpretation of color into my oil and cold wax mixed media paintings.  They are not representational but once again, the intrigue of color has pulled me in this new direction.  The majority of colors in my paintings will probably never be repeated because of the methods I use in painting.  It is an additive, subtractive and manipulative method that creates unique colors each time. It is sort of alchemy.  It is still about the color.
Everyone will see something in these nonrepresentational paintings.  I hope you enjoy creating you own imaginative ideas about my oil and wax paintings.  Stop and see if you find little magical spots of color, too. 
  (Artwork is “Dancing Colors” by Doris Vasek). 

The Dallas Handweavers and Spinners Guild is dedicated to promoting the art of weaving and the craft of fiber work through education, member activities and mutual support. The Guild promotes fellowship among members with monthly meetings, educational workshops and community demonstrations. The DHSG bi-annual juried show gives each member an opportunity to show off their latest treasures. We invite you to join us and experience the camaraderie of our members and the interesting topics at one of our general meetings.
Guild members meet every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November), usually on the first Saturday, at The Point, Center for Arts and Education on the campus of the CC Young Memorial Home, located at 4829 West Lawther Drive, in East Dallas near White Lake in Dallas, to enjoy friendships, old and new, and to learn from speakers on a wide range of subjects and areas of interest to our members. Each monthly meeting presents a different topic, and each year our program chair-people tempt members to experiment with a new range of ideas to explore.
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Friday, April 10, 2015


Towns (Blue Planet Series)
$1500 unframed

I have been promising myself continue to do some larger works that are based on some of smaller ones.  Towns was influenced by my January 7, 2015 painting, Dreaming.  It is 12x12.  So, going up in size and changing the format changed everything for me.  There was a lot of back and forth with layers of color and marks.  There was a lot of noise as I painted.  I had to really work.  The process was both artistic and physical.  I like it that the energy shows. 

And, yes, the composition is a little bulls eye.  I readily admit that.  But this is my view of what is straight below me.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Deconstructed (Chocolate Covered Cherries)

Deconstructed (Chocolate Covered Cherries)

If someone had told me that I had to do a pink and brown painting, I would say no way.  It just happened and all I kept thinking about was good, old fashioned chocolate covered cherries.  I do think of them more as a Christmas guilty pleasure but maybe they can be found at Easter, too.

As I was getting ready to do this post, TACILW came into my studio and ask, "Whose painting is that?"  Then he went on to say that he likes it.  Pretty funny.  

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