Boy, it has been hard to get back to work after our trip to Ecuador, Christmas, New Years, trip to San Francisco and getting caught up with everything. Really, I'm still not caught up. I feel the need for some direction, though.
I am between projects. I have finished a couple large pieces that will be submitted for shows. I can't show them until I know if they have been accepted. High Fiber Diet has a show coming up called "What's Blue to You?" I need to get started soon if I am to have something to submit for that. What's blue to me? Good question. Blue is not a favorite color, but it has its place and connections in my mind. I just need to let my mind wander a bit. I thought I had an idea and tried a small piece, but it didn't excite me, so I am waiting for a better inspiration. Blue. Feeling blue, maybe. For the past couple days I have puttered around the studio. I made my valentine for this year. You will see it in a couple weeks. I have cleaned up and folded fabric and put things away. I have lost my enthusiasm for the small beaded work I was doing. There is an artist who seems to think I am copying her work with those little pieces. That makes me blue. She has told people I am copying her. I wouldn't—didn't, but now I feel scrutinized and paranoid and the satisfaction has gone out of that work.
I plan to continue with the shirting fabric work somehow. Over the past year I have "harvested" so many old shirts for their fabric. I saved all the labels and buttons in a cup. That is a year's worth above. Maybe someday I will make something using all those labels and buttons.
This morning in the shower I was thinking about where I might go from here and the view through my shower door didn't give me any concrete ideas, but the color sure was beautiful and made me remember that inspiration is all around if we just pay attention!
Tomorrow I will be posting this week's digital drawing from June and from me. I had a good time and made some good discoveries with this one, so I'm looking forward to sharing it. Vicki Miller played along with us last week and posted her digital drawings of her coffee mug on her blog. The other day someone said to me, " So, I see you are switching to digital art now..." No, no, no. I am experimenting for my own enjoyment and as a new approach to my drawing practice, which is all in the interest of making me better in all that I do. I can't imagine abandoning my fabrics and sewing machines.
Right now I need to figure out what's blue to me... Ideas?