Tuesday, December 29, 2009

It's time

Christmas is over. It's time to get back to art. It's time to stop using all the Christmas prep as an excuse to avoid the studio. Of course, those were legitimate excuses: design Christmas cards, order cards, mail them out; purchase or make and ship presents for out of town family; purchase presents for intown family and friends and wrap them; make treats, lots of cookies and candies (short interruption for trip to ER to sew up thumb due to misuse of kitchen equipment); decorate tree, prepare meals, yada yada yada. I did spend some time in the studio but it was to sew labels and sleeves on finished quilts and make the storage bags. I'm on the last one and when I finish that there will be no more tasks that I can use to procrastinate. I will have to make some art.

At the moment I'm sort of devoid of inspiration and need a kickstart. Doing some surface design on fabrics always helps in that direction. Maybe some monoprinting with gelatin plates, or some soy wax batik (haven't done that in a very long time). Wish I had a foolproof method for getting up to speed....

What do you do?


Rayna said...

Wishing you a happy New Year, Cathy. My foolproof method of getting up to speed is therapy sewing. Cut some strips of all that great stuff you've printed, and just put 'em under the needle to see what happens. Never fails.

Karoda said...

I'm similiar to Rayna...just make something that I have no emotional investment in turning out...even if its sewing beaufitul fabric up in a 4 patch design. it gets me going and i soon can put it aside and do something with intent.