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Creating Moody

Apr 3, 2016

12572984_494894327365179_1277265079675642727_nUlla Anobile is an artist we have featured many times in Hometown Pasadena, as we are repeatedly drawn to her work—the folk art aspect to it; the reflection of her heritage on her art; the use of natural materials such as driftwood, as well as paper mache, cloth, and embroidery; the attention to detail; and the many moods and expressions in her faces—poignant, forbidding, sly, humorous, sleepy, lazy, bored, and fearless ( just to name a few).

Ulla exhibits regularly through Cactus Gallery and The Folk Tree in Pasadena.

Saturday, April 9 is the opening reception for Cactus Gallery’s “Over the Moon and Under the Stars” exhibit, which continues through May 7.

Personally, we are always intrigued by creative methods. How does one get from “a beginning” to the final product? Not having the foggiest idea, we were delighted when Ulla agreed to share her process.

 

The initial sketch…

 

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Ulla: This piece, “Moody,” is ready to be sanded and gessoed. The woman’s face in particular needs to be sanded a few times; I don’t want a pimply appearance.

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Ulla: Well, it’s a start. On a chilly, windy day I’m starting to paint my “Moody” piece. I may keep this very simple…

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Ulla: This is my rough sketch of how the piece will look at the end. Of course, the shape of the felt flaps ended up being a little different when I made the patterns. And that word ‘red’ at the bottom was what I thought the very edge of the piece would be, but maybe not. To be continued…

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Sketch of “Moody” with signs of the zodiac

 

Ulla: Closeup of the first four embroidered Zodiac signs; 8 more to go. Clockwise from top: Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, Virgo. There will also be a little felt ‘frame’ around each, to hide the messy back, but also to make the flaps sturdier.

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Ulla: I’ve embroidered the first four felt ‘flaps’ that will surround the faces. They will be placed around the piece in the order the zodiac signs appear in the calendar.

Ulla: I've embroidered the first four felt 'flaps' that will surround the faces. They will be placed around the piece in the order the zodiac signs appear in the calendar.

 

Ulla: Progress on the stitching front… 5 more to go.

Ulla: Progress on the stitching front… 5 more to go.

 

Ulla: A little more progress. Even I myself am surprised at how this is turning out – the plan was to keep it simple, oh well. Still have to finish sewing the remaining zodiac signs.

A little more progress. Even I myself am surprised at how this is turning out - the plan was to keep it simple, oh well. Still have to finish sewing the remaining zodiac signs.

 

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Ulla Anobile, “Moody,” paper mache, acrylics, felt and embroidery floss, 10½” x 10½”

 

 

Over the Moon & Under the Stars
Opening reception: Saturday, April 9th, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibit runs through May 7th
Cactus Gallery, 3001 N. Coolidge Ave., Frogtown 90039
Regular gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For more info, call 1.323.801.8669
Or event Facebook page
CactusGalleryLA.com

 

Other works by Ulla:

"Rebirth" sketch

 

Ulla Anobile, "Rebirth," paper mache and acrylics, 9¼ x 8½

Ulla Anobile, “Rebirth,” paper mache and acrylics, 9¼ x 8½

 

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Ulla Anobile, "Night Day Rain Shine," paper mache, acrylics, felt, embroidery floss, sequins, 11" x 9¼"

Ulla Anobile, “Night Day Rain Shine,” paper mache, acrylics, felt, embroidery floss, sequins, 11″ x 9¼”

 

The evolution of “Moon Path”…

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Ulla Anobile, "Moon Path," paper mache and acrylics, 14" x 14"

Ulla Anobile, “Moon Path,” paper mache and acrylics, 14″ x 14″

 

Ulla: “Moon Power” is still missing the eyes, though the mask looks kind of profound without them. There will be a paper mache headdress atop the head, but I wanted to make the face first before putting it on, just in case there was some unintended warping. But so far, so good.

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On February 7, it was hot enough for Ulla to dry her paper mache outside…

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The many  moods of “Moon Power”…

 

Ulla: Here the expression is gentle, somewhat brooding, maybe a little amused.

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Ulla: I’m thinking maybe some issue or question is looking for a resolution here.

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Ulla: And in this one, I think the thoughts revolve around the mysteries of life.

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Ulla Anobile, “Moon Power,” paper mache and acrylics, 10¾” x 6½”

 

 




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