Week in Review 2021 – 05/21

Reference image I’m working from to create Sunrise Over the Atlantic.

Public Learning

I am always learning. Much of my learning, or at least sharing my learning experience, is done publicly. When you read my posts you are getting a front row seat. For me, this public learning can feel vulnerable, but it also feels companionable. I know whether you are an artist or art appreciator you are always learning, too. You know what it is to struggle to do something new.

Row 5 of Sunrise Over the Atlantic is complete.

Learning in a Group

Some learning is done privately, while other learning is more collective, as part of group. Experimenting in the studio is an example of private learning. While taking a class is a shared, collective experience even if each student learns differently. Most of my learning takes place privately. However, I do sign up for collective style learning several times a year. Currently, I am part of a group called Professional Online Presence. We are working on best practices for how to share our work online. No surprise, whether or not to create and maintain a blog is one of the topics we are exploring.

One feature of WordPress is the ability to compare images. It is an interesting exercise to work out the mega artistic license leaps taken to go from photo to pieced artwork. I had fun, perhaps you will, too, discovering what click on the arrows reveals.

Learning through Feedback

I am not sure how many years I have been blogging, my best guess is at least five years. Why take the time each week? There are many reasons. One reason is for feedback. I learn from your participation when you share your tips and when you share your thoughts on my work. So, please keep those comments coming. This way we can learn from each other. How about you? Why do you choose to blog and/or read the posts from bloggers?

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 always enjoy learning new things. I openly share the good the bad and the ugly in hopes that others can learn along with me. On another note, I always try to respond to comments on my blog. For some strange reason, your comments do come through to me properly. I am unable to respond to them. I do appreciate your kind words!

    1. There are a few blogs, I believe that use Blogger, which toss out my comments. I’m not sure if your’s is one of those. I suspect it has something to do with moderation settings, but really don’t know. I use WordPress. Most comments go to pending awaiting my approval, but a few go into trash each week. I can review those and restore them to pending as appropriate. Not sure why this happens. Approving people again and again doesn’t seem to rectify the problem. Sigh. Above my tech knowledge.

      Yes, we all learn from each other. It is a great reason to post.

    1. That’s me, Margaret, unique. Not a bad position to find myself in. So pleased you enjoyed playing with the slider. Probably won’t post comparison photos too often. Still, it was fun to experiment with this week.

  2. Good questions. Gwyned. I blog partly to have a record or journal of what I do since I don’t keep a written journal. And also for the feed back that I get from comments, even tho they are few and far between. Your piece is progressing beautifully. Love those colors!

    1. There is nothing like a regular blog to keep track of one’s artistic journey. I don’t look back to often, but I agree blogs are great way to maintain an archive of work and the thought process that went into them.

  3. Blogging is a way for me to document my process, all the good and bad parts. I hope that sharing may help someone with their work. And that is what I look for when reading the blogs of others. So much knowledge out there, available to us from those who share…keep sharing, please!

    1. Kathy, I can’t imagine not sharing my weekly progress. Like you, it helps document my work. It also helps me give it a context and put it into perspective. I am fascinated by what others up to. I learn so much about the latest supplies, trends and design principles. I appreciate tutorials. Yours are fantastic. I have your facing instructions printed out and return to them again and again. I’ll share and hope you will continue to share, as well.

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