I finally figured out that I could combine my talents - drawing, painting with sewing. I love the feel of fibers. I love to draw. I love to sew! Why not create art that gives those creative wings some flexibility? I have been trying to explore mixed media and art quilting. My favorite artists in this area are: Linda and Laura Kemshall, Beryl Taylor, Heidi Lund, Carolyn Dahl, Jane Davies and Elsebeth Gynther & Christine Clemmensen to name a few. They have inspired me to look at all my talents and try to bring them together. Its a long and hard struggle but I am making it work.
I have started a 'sketch-a-day' trying carve out time for art. I work full time and it is hard at days-end to muster any energy for something I am not yet comfortable with. I bought a fun and silly book where each page gives you a prompt and you make it happen. Here are some of them:
|You know the prompt - drops of ink and blew it around.|
|Crayons are not just for kids! I loved this one. See the spooky face at the top? I did this one around Halloween...|
|The prompt was to draw the sun in 10 different ways. I interpreted it with embossing powders, shredded fabric circle, cut-outs, string, sponging, ink and blow, and crayon!|
I have started on a mixed media art quilt. I have been making paper fabric (a la Beryl Taylor) and found some photo transfers, ATC's and other bits and pieces from other trial and error projects and putting things together. It isn't there yet but here is the first draft:
So, I have renewed hope in what I am trying to do. I really just want to be creative for its own sake. However, ultimately, as I near retirement (in 3 to 6 years), I am thinking of ways that I can put my creative endeavors to work for me without loosing the joy it brings. For now, I can just relax, be creative and enjoy it.
I hope to be more diligent about posting. Thank you for being so patient and sticking with me. Best wishes.