Monday, July 21, 2014


I haven't got a lot to show for these last couple of weeks but boy, have I been reflecting on stuff.

Gee, I hope it isn't a mid life crisis thingy!  :~{  

But I'm starting to 'get' it.  I read on some body's blog that if you do the work, the verb, then take the name, the noun.  If you do art then you are an artist.  Well, at least I am a developing one.  lol

But working on these summer wall hangings is doing me in.  Spring is a more modern minimalist time, to my mind at least.  Perhaps that is why I like starting spring projects.  I'm a wanna be modern minimalist. 
But finishing things means I'm working through the summer stuff and I'm doing traditional cause I think of summer in kind of a traditional, old fashioned way.   But I'm not so thrilled with the wall hangings. I don't think that I want that as my decor.  And if art reflects the artist then I need to do more than tweak a traditional quilt pattern and match the colours to my decor.

Lots of buts.

So if what I learned is true and the first kind of art is representational, how does that translate into quilts?  Do they become abstract works of art?   Is my half square triangles wall hanging a non-objective work of art?

This is good!  Forget the mid-life crisis.  I just think that I'm growing up as an artist and there will be some growing pains.  Something to reflect on!  ;~)

But I think I just lost May and June's wall hangings and gained two baby quilts!  oh dear.  another but!  :)


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love how you've been reflecting. That was quite lovely. Now you see why I don't make REAL quilts. I'm just happy to visit you and see what you have made.

I'm trying to catch up since I've been having computer problems. I do like what I'm seeing, though.

MarveLes Art Studios said...

true enough... growing pains as an artist, a person, and {a christian!} i always said that about sewing, too. i'd figure out how to read the pattern, and hone my skill set to make a great garment, then i had to learn about fabric, color, and what style "suited" me... another whole learning curve, and i made lots of things that weren't well suited to me in the process! but failure/experiences are what we learn from. and one must keep on trying and digging in... developing, and the beauty is that it is all constantly changing...and that, my dear its what you are doing, i think. :)

Createology said...

Reflecting is something we all do from time to time. That is how we progress in our endeavors. And it is our history to change our minds. Go with what you really like my friend...

Margaret said...

"Sometimes I sits and thinks...and sometimes I just sits." I have no idea who said that, but I'm finding it suits our tendency to reflect. Hope you're sitting with your piece on your design wall, letting it 'brew' while you enjoy the summer sunshine, something cool, a new book, fabric fondling...whatever! Enjoy!

Jo Ferguson said...

We learn something from every piece we make. So, if you've ended up with two baby quilts and none for your wall....You've not wasted your've simply learned a lot about yourself, as an artist. Aren't growing pains fun?