|The "beach" portion of Shore's Edge in process.|
Scattered is the best word to describe how I feel about my work at the moment. I've recently started three different projects.
1) I am making the second work in what I plan on being a series of art based on shells and the beach. This one is titled Shore's Edge. It will be my entry for an exhibition with Fiber Revolution. The exhibition's title is Breadth. The due date is April 1st. I'm feeling pressured. There is SO much more to do on this quilt and I have another quilt I want to make with a May 1st deadline which will be equally time consuming.
I finished thread painting the oyster shells and began the intense free motion quilting on the beach panel of Shore's Edge. The panel is 21"H and 50"W.
|Detail from Shore's Edge Beach Panel|
I trace the design on Solvy as a guide for my thread painting.
2) I signed up to take Annette Kennedy's class on Craftsy.com. I tried my hand at Blocking, Whisping and creating a line with a shadow/depression as part of my Pictorial Painting class. With zero training in painting I am starting woefully behind. I was disappointed with my first attempt, so I repeated the exercise. I don't have an image from the second session. One of the great things about knowing nothing is there is a lot of room for improvement and my improvement from session one to session two is quite noticeable.
|Blocking, Whisping and creating lines - take 1|
Boy do I have a lot to learn!
Why, you might ask am I tackling extra projects when I clearly feel pressure to produce quilts for the professional exhibition groups I belong to? The answer is multifaceted. Practice improves my current skills and provides me with new skills. I also appreciate the opportunity to quilt without the pressure of having to produce exhibition caliber work of my own design. I may feel scatter, but I thrive on the diversity.