This image was taken recently at Plimoth Plantation in MA., a re-enactment of the original settlement
Today I am showing you a few scenes that caught my eye because of "line"
The chair above made me think of quarter square triangle quilt blocks.
There is a bit of glare on this chest, a reproduction of one brought across the ocean from England. If you enlarge the image you'll see some fancy stitching ideas for quilting.
Or zentangles, or carving, or pottery, or weaving.
The point is, line is important to just about every art form. Think of ballet... the line of a dancer's leg or arm.
Line is important in music, an auditory line one can follow to enjoy music.
I am particularly partial to the following image. The floors in Plimoth (that's how they spelled it) were dirt floors. Survival was the desire in the beginning.
I don't know how this comes across on the blog, but on my computer, the lines created by hundreds of shoes in the sand are very interesting. It's another zentangle. It's trapunto and quilting lines. I am smitten with this shot. click on any images to see details.
This is what is left of Plymouth Rock... it's been chipped, and relocated, and returned, etc.
I find this picture to be equally fascinating at least on my computer where I can blow it up. I love the shadows of viewers. I like all the lines, vertical bars, cross shadows, lines in the sand, cement blocks and waves of water. So cool!
This image is another favorite. The view across the rock capturing the lines of the pillars, the horizon, the waves crossing the metal bars. It reminds me of a Maxfield Parrish print
We also toured mansions in Newport RI. One tour guide asked about what I found interesting and I explained I'm an artist, so I take photos of "lines"
She said she would love to see any art I make using those lines...
well, it's not that simple. All inspiration goes into the "Inspiration Soup" that I use to make, to write, to live a creative life. Right?
This shows the repetition of line. Relate it to whatever art you make. It is the dining room of a Newport mansion. Note the shape of the wallpaper, next to the rectangles carved in panels, repeated in the grid work of elaborate carved screening. The larger rectangle shapes in foreground panels, broken up by the curves of carving in the room divider.
Like sections of a quilt, broken by borders, and curvy quilting lines. It's important to design to consider "line"
In this dining room of another mansion, there is silk wallpaper. Also repeated lines. Note the windows, the carved panel below them, the subtle squares repeated in the wallpaper lines, and that top...
that is textured plaster, woven and attached to the wall. Above it the gold paint is repeated from wallpaper to the hand painted grasses along the ceiling line.
NO ONE is putting details like this into buildings now. We need to protect the ones from the past.
This was in the following home. The couple designed it themselves, and the husband passed away quite young shortly after they moved in. The wife never remarried, and soon sold the home.
Look at the lines here! Curved shingles, fishtail shingles, curved windows and panes of glass. Balustrades repeating vertical lines along with chimneys. A large second floor screened porch over the first floor porch.
Ah, so much inspiration for us as designers and artists. I'm sure some of the wealthy home builders left design to the professionals but this couple gave much imput into the design.
Do you consider "line" when you make art?