Sunday, February 04, 2007

DAY 27

This is our last day here at the franch. It has been the most marvelous, magical time.

It has been a time of struggling to get going on a new path, working hard, laughing a lot, sharing with friends from all over, and a lot of growth.

We owe so much to Karey for this very special time. Both Virginia and I were at a point in our careers as artists where we really needed this opportunity. It has proven very beneficial to each of us. We are both well on the road to a new body of work.

For me, I will finally have a cohesive collection of work so I can finally find a solo show venue that I have wanted to do for some time. I have a great sense of gratitude to Virginia for pushing me to get to 20 pieces, and I surprised myself by not giving at at 17 when I didn't think I would have enough batting to get past 19. I worked it out and got my 20 plus a number of smaller pieces, plus a piece that was entirely different from the others...in fact, it was my very first piece that I did.

We have spent our last evening at Las Fuentes with Karey. We haven't been there for an entire week and that has become a record for us. We spent a lot of time sharing with her our feelings about the experience and especially how wonderful it has been for the both of us.

Such an opportunity doesn't come often and we were both very fortunate that our family situations allowed for us to take advantage of this opportunity. It was the right time in our artistic careers...a time when we have matured as artists, have worked through a lot on our own and were in need to the time away to allow ourselves to grow in new ways.

It has been a privileged to become intimate with Virginia's work. I have told her that I feel she is an absolute genius as abstracting nature...you feel nature, when you look at her work. You don't see trees, or water, or whatever else, you just feel it in your soul. What a special artist!

I also want to thank all of you who have been so supportive of us during this process. I blogged about the process as I feel so many artists, just starting their journey as artists, think that it is always easy, and I felt that the creative process needs to be shared more so others can understand the ups and downs that occur. Just because you are not actually creating work does not mean that you are not working. Remember to take time to refill the well of inspiration. Take time to question what you are doing. Learn, which I have been doing, to trust your instincts and to make your own work. Seek your own voice and follow it. But most of all, have fun!

Sorry to get so philosophical but that is part of the leaving process.

10 comments:

Jeannie said...

Thank you so much for sharing your creative process. I have learned so much about working in a series. You have created a beautiful body of work. Here's to you Liz!

Vicki said...

thank you for taking the time to share this experience. You have created some beautiful work there. Have a safe trip home!

kathy said...

I loved your teaching in Quilting Arts and I have immensely enjoyed your sharing on the blog. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Your new work is awesome!

Lisa Walton said...

I am so inspired by what you have achieved. Thank you so much for sharing it with us in such wonderful detail. Good luck with your show.

Gerrie said...

Oh, I'm gonna miss the franch! I love what you said about Virginia's work. You are right. Do you know that I own work by both of you wonderful artists. I admire you both so much.

Karen Flamme said...

This has been a wonderful vicarious experience to share your month of creating. I'm sad it's over! Thanks for taking the time away from your work to let us be a part of it. I can't believe how many beautiful pieces you created!

Rayna said...

Liz - happily, you were able to make the most of this opportunity. Bless Karey's heart for doing this!
Hope to see you when I am in Berkeley in April.

Pat's Place said...

This has been an exercise in creativity, hard work, sharing, and expression - plus lots more, I'm sure. I am grateful that you have allowed us to observe via your blog. It has been a positive experience for me - and others, I'm sure.

Thank you!

teri springer said...

Thanks for taking us on such a wonderful journey, Liz!!

teri

Jan said...

Liz, I've spent the past couple of mornings reading about your journey. I cannot tell you how inspired I am. Thank you so much for sharing your photos and more importantly, your thoughts and feelings about the AIR experience.