Saturday, April 02, 2005


All of a sudden it seems like we are on the same wave length. I am enjoying reading others' blogs and find that it gives me a sense of community. I also have to remind myself that this is for me but I do put it out there. Get off the pity pot...keep on working...just do what I like to do.

I have been thinking a lot about my work. Lately it seems as if things have been too simple...they go together too easily, I don't have to work very hard at what I am doing. And then it dawned on me. My work is simpler...maybe it's time to get back in to more complex work.

So I pulled out a canvas and brushes...and the paints, and have been working on a collage. Just to work and get depth. And build layers. And incorporate fabric and maps and words and other stuff. And of course, because it has to dry between layers, I get to think about it and ponder where it is going.

Spent last night pulling out new entry forms off the computer and getting them organized. Lots to look at. I know that I just have to keep entering and entering because of the time lag. But I also have to keep producing work because I seem to like to enter new stuff. I figure most of the pieces are good for entering only about a year, although with art shows, there seems to be a different time line. I know I get tired of seeing the same quilts win at every big show...but it only lasts a year and then they get retired because there are only so many big quilt shows. However, the art field is wide open. It also is a great place to enter smaller things because they show up so much better on a gallery wall than hanging between two huge bed size quilts on a black curtain!

Well, I've checked over the other webs, written briefly and now I'm back to working on this collage and doing some more fabric work!


Gerrie said...

I'm home! And I am always anxious to see what you are cooking up! I need to talk to you about doing a workshop for my art quilt group.

PaMdora said...

Twyla Tharp has a good chapter in her book, I think it's called The Creative Habit, about whether you're in the Groove or in a Rut. I thought that was a good topic to address in a book on creativity.

I've been trying to organize my show entry list today also! Must be something in the air.

Debra said...


I love when you write about your life as an artist. You gave me the beginnings of a good (No, Great Advice) at AQT last November: work every day... even when you don't feel like... and when you have a body of work, start figuring out your style and finding your place.

I give myself that talk every day.

Thank you.

(now to figure out the next step)...