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