Time for Some Creative Courage
Making art requires creative courage. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and jump. Fortunately, that analogy only takes you so far. The creative courage it takes to make art, at least the kind of art I make, won’t kill you. Think of it as diving into water. If the water is too shallow to accommodate the dive – disaster. If the water level is sufficient to handle the dive, the dive might be off and a bellyflop ensue. However, with practice and the right conditions you just might execute a glorious dive.
This Week’s Creative Courage
This week I decided to screw up my courage and start quilting the white block surrounds and black diamonds in my 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. Deep breath. I can do this. Maybe… Yes, even someone who takes artistic risks frets, paces and procrastinates before engaging the needle in the quilt.
Preparing to be Courageous
While I am pacing my mind is spinning through and discarding ideas. I know it is time to be creatively courageous when I get stuck and return to the same idea over and over again. It would have been logical to simply quilt the white surround and black diamonds the way I quilted the blocks, with a free motion rainbow motif in using a white thread in the white fabric and black thread in the black diamonds. Predictable and safe. It just wasn’t calling to me. Instead I kept seeing leafy vines done in variegated rainbow thread meandering around the quilt in the white sections. I would use the same thread in the black diamonds, but rather than extending the vine, punctuating each diamond with a flower.
Post Creative Courage
It works, maybe. Not sure what else I might have done. Sometimes you just have to settle for close enough. There is always next year. A new Rainbow Scrap Challenge begins in 2023.
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