What Influences Your Work?
When I attended my first SAQA Conference, the attendees were asked to submit a slide of their artwork and share what influenced it. I’m guessing we spoke in order by surname, as I was one of the last to share. Artist after artist stood up and said they were influenced by nature. Not me. What drove my art, and continues to drive my art is curiosity. I want to know what happens when … I am always experimenting with new techniques, products, and designs. This can be exhilarating. It can also be exasperating. When it gets to be to much of the latter, I return to working in a way I find exhilarating. Proceeding full speed ahead is how I rest.
The good news is I finished my latest small (10″ x 10″) piece for Cohasset Open Studios. The bad news is I hate it. There may be ways to improve it, but I have lost interest. I can’t be bothered. So, onward and upward. I’m back to working in a size I like, with techniques I find soothing, and based on a subject matter I love. Perhaps I will fix the small work later. Perhaps I will accept it as close enough. Perhaps what is best is to be true to myself and not worry about having things that might sell at Cohasset Open Studios.
A Fresh Beginning
If you have followed my blog over the past few years, you have probably guessed, I’m making my next sunrise quilt. This one is based on yet another photo I had my husband take during our walks. It is titled Sunrise at Minot Beach. Normally, I start work in the upper left hand corner and build work the way you read, from left to right and top to bottom. Not this time. Instead I’m working from the bottom up, but still left to right. The underpinning structure is alternate blocks. Block 1 of 35 blocks is done.
What motivates you to create?
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.