Friday, September 26, 2014

Weekly Report 2014 - 09/26

Two more leaves and a frog left to go
on Night Vision.
Tips, Thoughts and Techniques:

Have you ever noticed how the direction your art takes you reflects your non art life? I have. Even knowing that this happened time and time again I am startled when I "see" the connection when none was intended. My children are both in their 30's now. When they were teenage poster children of adolescent rebellion my work was abstract, but meticulously controlled. The titles were downright scary, reflecting my state of mind, such as Balancing Act, Hope Springs Eternal, Insomnia and Breaking Through Depression. When I gathered the images reflecting the last week's work I couldn't help but notice how much I am using green. Green is my go to color when I crave a long compassionate soothing hug. This summer has been particularly difficult for the seniors in my life. We lost my father-in-law, nearly lost my mother-in-law a few weeks later, lost her brother, one of my  sisters was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer two weeks ago and yesterday I signed the papers for the aunt whom I have been caring for for over 10 years to be enrolled in hospice. Just reading that sentence has me gasping for breath. However, studying the gentle curves of Night Vision and feeling the calming influence of the green, I can relax. How very fortunate I am to be able to self sooth through my art.
Bumble Bees in Flight
A free motion quilting design adapted
from Lori Kennedy's design

All three projects I worked on this week feature green. Here they are:

1) Night Vision - (Due January 1, 2015)

a) Continue the piecing - Done

Often at this stage of a quilt I am beating myself up over the fact that I don't feel the work is coming together. So far, so good. I am pleased.

LifeBook 2014 Lesson 39
Covering up old work to make it new

2) Free motion quilting practice. - Done!

Do check out Lori Kennedy's blog The Inbox Jaunt for a wonderful ongoing collection of free motion quilting designs. I'm fan. Can you tell?

3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments. - Done!

This week's lesson was about salvaging old work intuitively, with the flair and confidence of a preschooler wielding the paint brush. It's done. I've done better. It is times like this when I need to remember that failure and/or disappointment in one's work is part of the process.

I expect my time to create art next week will be limited. Any time I do have will focus on:

1) Night Vision - (Due January 1, 2015)

a) Continue the piecing

2) Free motion quilting practice.

3) LifeBook 2014 - Do the assignments.

I am now linking up to two blogs on Fridays. The first is Nina Marie's Off the Wall Fridays and the second is Free Motion Mavericks.


  1. Gwyned, I'm sorry you are dealing with so many losses. Expressing feelings through our artwork is a very helpful way to grieve. My mother passed away this summer and I want to find a way to pay tribute to her. Take care of yourself!

    1. Thank you, Jeanne. I don't have any plans to create work in honor of those who have passed or will soon pass in my art. I feel fortunate that several family members, including my FIL and aunt were artists and supported me in my pursuit. I do find myself most at peace while creating. You made such a wonderful tribute piece to Obama. I can only imagine and equally stellar piece in honor of your mother.

  2. Creating art certainly does soothe the soul. Night vision is very calming and a beautiful piece.its coming along nicely. And don't fret if you have a week with not much getting done - you do what ch gotta do when you do it :-)

  3. Oh Gwyned, I'm so sorry that you've had such a difficult year. I'm glad your art give your comfort in these trying times.

  4. Hello Gwyned,

    So sorry to hear you are having a rough time at the moment. Things always seem to happen at once. Working with colour is an absolute life saver, and when you feel too tired, just looking at colour and thinking about the possibilities can lift the spirits. Green has all the associations of springtime and fresh new growth.

    Love the bumble bees, and totally love your Life Book design! Thank you for linking up again!