Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Red Boat - in progress #1

I've practically been glued to my sewing machine so far this week.


Once I overcame my fear


of totally screwing up when the sewing began, that is.  


At some point yesterday, after panel 2 was hung (left side of photo), I stepped back to look...and breathe...and admire. Is it proper to admit that? Yes. After all, if I don't like my work, how can I expect anyone else to? Still, there's something special at play here. Perhaps it has to do with place, people, memories.


As the stitching continued throughout Monday and Tuesday, my mantra was keep it simple, just keep it simple, let the photo be the focus, keep it simple, simple, simple.


After feeling stagnant all winter, the energy in the studio is welcome and wanted. The ideas are flowing, some so fast that they are only snippets or shadows moving across my mind. There, but not. Or there, but not yet fully formed...or formed enough to be cohesive yet.


Midst the whirlwind that is presently my creative mind, panel 3 was begun, bringing with it the first glimpse of the red boat.

16 comments:

  1. Its looking so good, I think you have every right to step back and admire, this is something special.

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    1. If only you could see the smile your comment brought. Many thanks Judy.

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  3. We should always admire our own work. Looks great!

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  4. Glad I didn't miss this post!

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    1. It was down to this spot that I walked and sat quietly each morning before going on to Big Cat Textiles for Sandra Brownlee's class. Sandra and her teachings are as much a part of the emotions and memories from that time as anything else. It was all magical. Enjoy!

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  5. Quite amazing, love what you are doing. Admiring too! xox

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  6. Such excitement going on in your studio - and head! And I think it's great that you are so much enjoying the satisfaction of seeing your vision come to life... Savor it, as the snippets & shadows continue to swirl!

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    1. This is probably my biggest "what if" that I've followed through on. I had no idea what it would bring with it, but hope to enjoy it.

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  7. There is movement and emotion--simply beautiful and impressionistic.

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  8. Oh J - the stitching simply enhances this so. It is like watchign a beautiful butterfly emerge from its chrysalis - you know it is beautiful but each unveiling brings its beauty into full realisation. This is a very very special piece, I am in awe.

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  9. This is really quite an amazing piece. I can see why the stitching would be somewhat daunting, but it came out beautifully!

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