Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Lots of what I'm working on currently is, to be honest, a bit painstaking. Not painful, mind you, but very time consuming, intricate and slow. I don't mind this kind of work. It's a meditative practice. Needle in. Needle out. It just means that each piece takes a while to complete.
Every once in a while, though, I get a little gift of creative immediacy. Yesterday afternoon was just such a time.
While looking for something in a long forgotten box, a small piece of wood looked up and said 'hello!' I picked it up, looked up from the box and a small wax covered cotton leaf, stuck of its own accord to the side of a bookcase, chimed in. 'May I join you?' Of course, I thought, and gently took them to the other side of my studio. As I sat them down on my worktable, a string of recently knotted green wool appeared and got in on the act. A little trio was born.
It's small, no more than 6 inches high, but it was made out of a powerful little burst of spontaneous creative energy.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
I'm pleased to say that I have a fresh perspective on my work. Up to now, I've found it quite necessary to complete pieces in such a way that they are neat and organized, usually within some sort of a frame - whether it be an actual frame, or a quilt a pillow, etc. Thanks to my artist friend, Erin, I've realized this 'aint' the only way to go.
I've tried for weeks to figure out how to finish these leaves....put them on a bed panel? In a quilt? Frame them? Nope. They're done and happily climbing their way up a wall in my studio (next step in an exhibition!)
Sometimes joy just can't be self contained. :)