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  • Plein Air: The Intersection Between Nature, Art, and Relaxing
  • Cecely Conrad

Plein Air: The Intersection Between Nature, Art, and Relaxing

Have you ever wished that you could mix relaxing on your porch during the summer with rug hooking? Well it turns out you can! Lori is planning a class that will involve observing and enjoying nature with no stress rug hooking. Lori focuses on capturing the emotions and feel of nature in her hooking and uses minimal or no patterns at all! Her plein air pieces develop on their own from start to finish and take the viewer through the inspiration of the season, the colors, and the shapes of nature. 

This is a concept that I have been so curious about since I first heard of it that I finally decided that it’s time to try it! I set myself up on my porch with my frame, a small blank square of backing, a stack of lovely wool, and a small glass of liquid inspiration! I spent a couple of minutes just observing and listening to my surroundings until something caught my eye. I noticed the inevitable proof of the changing of the seasons in a small tree near me and decided that I wanted to capture my bittersweet excitement at the beauty of fall, and sadness at the passing of summer. The way the light was coming through the trees made the golds and oranges glow and made the greens still evident slightly brighter with a yellow tint. Fall is my favorite season despite the fact that it means winter is approaching with its dark days and mounds of snow. I like the reminder of the slow and steady passing of time (even though I'll turn 30 in less than a year!) Most of all I like the fact that I can still feel the summery warmth from the sun with much cooler, crisper air. And I love sweaters with no need for a jacket! Anyway, pictures of my ode to fall coming soon!

  • Cecely Conrad

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