Week in Review 2021 – 05/14

A Pause for Gratitude

I begin my mornings by pausing for gratitude. It all started several decades back after working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron which I followed a year or so later with Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I combined their philosophies to create a mashup of morning pages and gratitude points.

I am grateful to have witnessed this spectacular sunrise.

Grateful For You

I am grateful for you and your feedback. I could, and to some extent do, make art for myself. I have chosen to share my artwork with you and when my work is accepted into an exhibit, with those who come to view it. I am fascinated and informed by viewers comments. Sure it strokes my ego to have my work admired. But what I really appreciate are questions that force me to ponder and delve deeper into my process and decisions.

Grateful to Create

I am grateful to have reached a point in my art where I can abstract an image. The first 4 rows of Sunrise Over the Atlantic are done.

I am acutely aware of how fortunate I am to have been able to devote 36 years of my life to creating first quilts and then art quilts. Big thank you to my number one patron and fan, my husband, who has encouraged me on this journey. He isn’t the only one. However, he has been with me since day one. Of course, he wears many hats as my photographer, shipping and handling department and cheerleader.

I am grateful my crazy idea of how to create dappled light seems to working. This is a nearly complete row 5. Although it isn’t obvious from these images, when both sections are on my design wall the piece feels cohesive and not choppy.

Grateful for Opportunities

Creating involves taking chances. Boy, have I taken chances. Sometimes it is with the artwork itself. Other times it is putting myself out there when rejection is plausible, even likely. But when things work out, wow! I am grateful for the numerous opportunities that have come my way over the years and my courage to be vulnerable to explore them.

What are you grateful for?

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. I read your post, Angela. Definitely felt as though we were on the same wave length. There is something about tuning into gratitude that has you seeing it everywhere.

  1. I’m grateful for your friendship and colleague-ship (is that a word?) since we met at a SAQA conference long ago. We’ve read some of the same books (Sarah B.B….Julia Cameron) and have interesting e-mail “conversations” about our work, and life in general. My DH was also my greatest fan. Even though he was only on the planet for the very beginnings of my art journey, I’m sure he continues to watch and encourage from above — and for that I am also grateful.

    1. Whether colleague-ship is a word or not, I understand your meaning. Thank you for the lovely reply, Margaret. We have both been fortunate to be able to do what we love and to be loved and appreciated by our spouses.

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