Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Back to Work

I've pretty much taken the last month off from doing 'art'. I've made the bed quilt top and two charity quilts for my guild. And of course Christmas was in there. And yesterday I celebrated (?) my 60th birthday. So now it's time to stop drifting and get back to work.

Except I seem to be a little low on inspiration. I spent time cleaning up my studio yesterday, and it's not just a way to avoid working. I have to put away all the fabric that I was using in order to clear the work space and also clear my mind. And while doing that I pulled pieces that appealed to me at the moment and stuck them up on the design wall. Unfortunately, they not only don't seem to be talking to me, they aren't talking to each other. At this point, I have to force myself to stay in the room and try to work something out.

Start small, cut pieces apart, stick them up, move them around, take them down, work on the composition, think about throwing some paint. Right now what seems to be rising to the top are fabrics that have circle patterns on them and I may just go with that. But first I need to add a little more pizazz to some of the fabrics so I'm getting out the paint.

So no more procrastinating. Back to the studio.


Nellie's Needles said...

Yup, that's one way to begin a piece ... just get in there and do the work. Hopefully, the piece will pull you in and you'll be off on a creative adventure.

Gerrie said...

It is a big year for us - you are entering your 60 decade and I am entering my 70's. A belated happy birthday. I want a video of you throwing paint at one of your creations!

tiedyejudy said...

Happy 60! I celebrated mine last fall, and it's been a banner year so far.
I know what you mean about going through lack of inspiration, I have fought periods of that before, and it fortunately passes. But cleaning the studio is a must, inspired or not! I can't work well in chaos...


kathy said...

hope you had a happy 60th and have a great year ahead!

Jaye said...

Quilter's Home just had an article (Spring issue) about getting the muse back. Julie over at http://highfibercontent.blogspot.com is doing a class with Gabrielle Swain and she has been talking about this issue as well.
Jaye (from notrad)