Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Painterly Time?

The visual for today is "Emptied By the Sun", by Emily Mason.

I've been a neglectful blogger lately, but it seems I've become self-conscious about whether or not I have something worthwhile to share. (Not that it ever stopped me before.) On the art front, I've made several really bad paintings. On the quilting front I've been chipping away at some traditional projects and not much else. Nothing of interest that merges both, although I thought of cutting up the paintings and reassembling them.

I am back at work now, as immersed in the daily routines as if I hadn't left. It's amazing how quickly you get back into it even if you've been gone a while. I'm happy to have my life back, but I do miss those afternoon naps.

As artists, we often talk about being "in the zone" or about how we lose track of time while we are working. Here is an interesting article about "Painterly Time."
Something I think we already knew, but still interesting.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Work In Progress

Finally, some work in progress to share.

You might remember seeing this:

Here's what I've done with it:

This is still a work in progress and has no quiltng or embellishment yet. I am also considering whether I need to bring some lighter elements into the lower left corner, more small yellow triangles perhaps. I'm thinking I need to repeat that element somewhere.

As you can probably tell, this is a combination of hand painted and commercial fabric. I had a great time painting the fabric, this time using Setacolor, Dynaflo and fabric ink.

Next will be the threadwork...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Quiet Time

I'm still here, just haven't been online much. Computer troubles at our house mean that I have had to start sharing my computer with my son, and he is online a LOT. To be fair, he is a senior at UCSD, so it isn't all chat or games.

To tell the truth, I'm not sure I have much interesting to tell. I have spent a couple of very quiet weeks reading, sleeping, , listening to books, watching DVDs, get the idea. Pretty low key to say the least. Last week I finally started going out for short trips, things like a trip to the fabric store, out to lunch, Starbuck's, the public library. I even had my hair cut and "enhanced" which also lifted my spirits since things were getting pretty scary in that department.

I am light years better since the surgery, but I am surprised to find that I am still recovering. I have no stamina and there is still occasional pain. I would be worried about this, but my doctor told me that as the nerves heal, you feel small twinges of pain and that it is actually a good sign.
I guess they give you six whole weeks for a reason. If I were 100%, there are at least a dozen projects around the house and garden that I would dive into, but I lack the strength. I guess that makes the perfect excuse to be lazy.

I have finished a bullseye quilt done from a fabric swap (and started about four years ago!) and am working on a log cabin. Not much to report in the artistic department, although I have done a little sketching here and there. Hopefully, now that I have cut way back on meds and am sleeping less I can spend more time being creative.