Life at Warp Speed
Do you ever feel you are constantly living your life at warp speed? I certainly do. When I take a moment to breath deeply, forcing myself to slow down, I know the feeling of warp speed is a feeling, not a reality. Still, I am grateful, I get to choose how I spend my day and I am able to live a full and fulfilling life. There are many reasons my life is fulfilling. One of those reasons is being an artist.
What pulls me forward. Two things instantly come to my mind. One, I can’t wait to see how whatever I am working on in the studio will turn out. I always have a vague sense. However, since I don’t create realistic images or draft a pattern complete with which fabric will go where, it is always a surprise. I don’t even audition fabric choices, piece by piece, the way many of my fellow artists do. It is very rare for me to remove and replace a fabric as I work.
The other thing that keeps me moving is my drive to share my work. I do this in two ways. First, I share my progress with you in a weekly post. If I don’t move a piece along, what will I have to share? Thank you for your gentle nudge encouraging me to maintain my studio practice. Second, once a piece is complete, I add it to my possible entries for exhibitions.
An exhibition acts like a freeze frame. This is when the work is displayed for an in person viewing. What a difference that makes! We are so fortunate to be able to see work with only a few strokes of the keyboard, but there is nothing like seeing it in person. If you happen to be in the Old Forge, NY area, two of my pieces were selected for the exhibition, Quilts Unlimited. The exhibition went up last week and runs through December 4, 2021. If you follow my blog, you will have watched Sunrise Over the Atlantic, one of the two pieces selected, come to fruition.
Yes, I did get into the studio this week. I’ll share more about that in next week’s post. Meanwhile here is a teaser image.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.
I love to hear processes of other artists…
Me, too. Fascinating how each of us develop our own idiosyncratic ways of working, stealing a little of this and inventing work arounds. Perhaps we should cal this bespoke process.
Didn’t get an e-mail about your post (or the last few) and didn’t see this on Nina Marie’s page…so…went looking. l’ve signed up for e-mails again. I know you’re on WordPress and I’m on Blogger, but now that FeedBurner is defunct, how do I put a “subscribe” link on my Blogger blog? (without breaking the bank or having to send out a “newsletter”?) Do you know? Thanks, my friend — and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with those clouds…
Unfortunately, Margaret, I have been having technical difficulties with my post notifications going to my followers, such as you. It is something I continue to work on. It has turned out to be far, far, FAR more technically difficult that I ever imagined. So, I divide my time between persevering with resolving this issue, time in the studio and preparing for my upcoming open studio. I wish I did know how to fix your FeedBurner issue without breaking the bank.
I’m also curious to see what happens with the clouds. I am at that uncomfortable phase, I frequently hit while working, wondering if the work will come together.
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