I'm one of those rare people who feel that blogging can be very self centered and boring (I say as I sit here writing in hopes that someone will be reading...). So, I don't like to do it unless I feel like I've got something valuable to offer. Last year and the year before, it was easy for me to add entries because I was doing my "Machine Quilting Challenge". Many of you joined me in that journey and I thank you for the company.
Well, I've been wanting to get back to the blogging, but have been waiting to be inspired by a new idea to share. Low and behold, as I was up late one night I came across some art on the web that led me to the website of an artist that was creating something every day. So, after I entered the words "art every day" into my search box, I was pleasantly surprised by how many people are making art every day.
I am constantly advising my students to find a way to include creative endeavors in their lives every day, but in the last year, I've struggled to get into my personal studio. I spend so much time in the highly creative activity of dyeing fabrics, fibers and other goodies, that I thought I was getting my creative juices going on a regular basis - but, not so much.
So, I've decided to challenge myself - really challenge myself and not only spend creative time in my studio each day, but to make a finished piece of art every day. Yes, every day. I was really surprised at how many of my co-workers and friends tried to talk me out of the "every day" idea, suggesting once a week instead. But, like many other creatives, I really need the daily practice so, I am not heeding their advice, instead, I'm jumping in nipples and all! Here are the parameters that I've set up to follow;
- Each piece will measure 9" x 11" - This will make them easy to store and easy to show.
- Each piece will be made from nothing but my own hand dyed/hand painted products - I don't want to invite any other artists into my playroom.
- Each piece will include layering and machine stitch - no piecing allowed. It takes too long and I don't really like it much.
- I will strive to finish each piece in just one hour - strive, but not kill myself doing so!
- My goal is to use the experience to learn more about the interaction of shape and line with negative space. I will also work on adding movement and direction to each piece.
- Each day I will upload a photo of each new piece to this blog and will add just a few sentences to describe the process of making it or what I learned.
Happy New Year to You All,