Week in Review 2020 – 05/15

Beach Stroll 33″ H x 45″ W

On February 1, 2020 SAQA issued a challenge to create art and post it for 100 days. They had issued the same challenge in July 2019. I was so, so tempted in 2019, but didn’t feel I had the time to make the commitment. The second time round I was confident I didn’t have the time. I also realized I would never feel I had the time. So, I took up the challenge.

My first drawing done on February 1, 2020

I knew my medium of choice, fiber and thread, wasn’t right for this challenge, at least for me. I lean towards mid-sized work which takes months to make. What could I post? Sure I could make small scrap collages. Many of my fellow fiber artists do. I’ve dabbled with them, but simply don’t enjoy the process or the product. If I was to stick to the challenge I needed something that would sustain me.

My final drawing posted on May 11th.

When I wasn’t debating how to handle the 100 days of art challenge, I was planning how to host my first local open studio in November 2020. I live in a seaside town where nautical and beach decor is all the rage. I figured I would make small, graphic works that would be relatively easy to assemble and affordable enough for an impulse purchase. In 2012 and 2013, ironically while I was living in Wisconsin, I made a series of quilts based on seashells. Perhaps I could revive this series. This lead me to needing to draw seashells again. Why not draw for the challenge and using my drawings as blueprints for my quilts? Genius!

One of my favorite drawings.

I am fortunate to have these moments of genius. 99% of the time moments is the operative word. The path quickly takes a sharp turn in a direction I never see coming. And so it was this time. I did begin by drawing seashells. Then that branched to drawing things you might see on the beach or in the ocean. Finally, I just got really into following drawing tutorials available as YouTube videos. I am so glad I did. I posted drawing 100 on May 11th.

I may not have work for the open studio in November, but I have learned to draw with confidence. How this will show up in my future art, I won’t even begin to speculate. I am certain, the lessons learned from spending 100 days drawing will stay with me and find their way into my art.

I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.

By Gwyned Trefethen

I am an artist who uses fabric, thread and miscellany to create designs gifted to me by my imagination.


    1. Thank you, Lynda. I’m very partial to that final drawing, too. Precisely why I gave it a go when the tutorial was updated. I believe it came from Farjana Drawing Academy.

  1. I love the quilt with the shells, but would like to see a bigger photo or some close ups. Did you quilt the shells in black and how did you deal with the backgrounds?
    Your drawings are beautiful!

    1. Beach Stroll is one of my only quilts I made following the quilt-as-you-go method. In other words each panel is a separate quilt and the small panels are joined using binding front and back. I used deep maroon and purple threads to quilt the shells. First, I prepared a line drawing with black ink on white copy paper. Next I copied this to Golden Thread paper (a little sturdier than tissue paper, but easy to remove all traces after quilting) which I used to guide my FMQ. I went over the lines multiple times to build up the thread. The background was FMQ in a variety of motifs. Finally, each panel was beaded, before I joined them all together.

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