I made another decision during my hiatus from blogging (first decision here). I enjoy being practical with my art, and want to focus on making artistic additions to our home. Right now, I am learning how to do mosaics. If I was smart, I’d make a coaster or two, or perhaps a coffee table top for practice. Instead, I started on a bathroom floor. Good luck getting rid of this project if it doesn’t work out. Luckily, my husband is the one breaking and grinding the pieces. I have
I’m stuck on the image I created for yesterday’s post. I have made many variations of the same image, and still do not have one I feel completely satisfied with. I simply do not have the skill to create what is in my mind yet. And really, that should come as no surprise. If we could easily produce what we can imagine, in any area of our lives, we would be living in Utopia. Or would we? How often do you change your mind about what you want? Realization 2 Realization 3 Realizat
Sometimes, the crossroads is clear. You look one way, then the other, and have an immediate sense of which path to follow. At other times, you only know you are at a crossroads because you feel stuck, not sure which way to go, how to proceed. If you already have practices such as meditation, listening to your dreams, making art, then you become extra vigilant about discerning signs. They are cumulative, and will help you evolve your sense of direction. If you are practicing n
The only way to improve your drawing is to draw. I grab a magazine that came in the mail, or the newspaper, or even try to draw the people on TV (who don’t hold still for more than a few seconds). I actually prefer the sketches and paintings that are more free than this one, quicker, less symmetrical. I paint, I use charcoal. Sometimes I do a cartoony style, sometimes I attempt a more realistic one. My absolute favorites are those that just emerge from my mind and brush in re
Sometimes, an art piece tales a LONG time to develop. There may be a lot of smoke, but no fire. It doesn’t have that spark that says YES, and gets you excited. You have to go on faith, because you have made pieces you like before. I started out with this, from February 11: Finding Your Way Then came layer 2: Layer 3: And layer 4: I am not in love with any of them. Layer 5 is drying as we speak. I may just add some more collage and see where that takes me. I have to accept tha
I read something that Susie Monday, from El Cielo Studio, wrote on May 1, that has had me pondering for some days now: What would take me to the next level in my work, without just being a “technique of the moment.” I suspect it might take me deeper into the world of precision, or sewing, or traditional quilting. I’d like something demanding and stretching, something that challenges but contributes validly to my path and work. I have come to certain conclusions about this qu
I have painted my own cloth for years, now. It revolutionized the way I made quilts. I took classes, read books, experimented, watched DVDs and videos. Jane Dunnewold was a huge influence, as I’ve said before. She coined the phrase “complex cloth.” Complex cloth, or art cloth, is created using as many layers as its creator deems necessary, combining colors, images, and a wide range of techniques. Read Dunnewold’s essay called What is art cloth, or get her book Complex Cloth.