My studio work is going to be brief again this week. This is the last week before our spring break (thank God), so I do have projects due, but am still working on them.
In my painting class, we are to paint an object three ways: realistic, abstract, and nonobjective. I spent yesterday prepping my canvases, which just involved painting over three old oil paintings in white. Unfortunately, you cannot put gesso over oil paint as it will just peel off. They are drying in the cabinet at school and hopefully I can finish all three today. The object I will be painting is the very familiar tomato pin cushion, with pins of course.
In photography, I still need to finish my propaganda pieces. They were due last Thursday, but since I was gone for the funeral, she gave me an extension. Again, we have to make three pieces (seems to be a theme right now), and I have one of them completed. These are photo transfer and lift collages, so there is some down time when waiting for the gel medium to dry. My propaganda is on how social media/technology is taking over our lives. Next weekend, I will further explain each one once they are finished.
here for more about them.
I shared last Wednesday in the WIP update that I purchased some paper templates for EPP. I am so happy that I did that because I am enjoying this process even more than I thought I would. I just was fighting the plastic templates so much that I didn't even want to touch them.
I've found myself coming to a sort of crossroads as far as my creative output goes. I think I'm at the point where the basics I have been learning are enough to push me to where I want to go. While I have been enjoying making more traditional quilt projects and such, I know my heart really lies in the art quilting category. I do still have quilts I want to piece, like taking the plunge and making a Farmer's Wife quilt, but my sketching is all about creating art pieces.
Why haven't I taken that plunge, you may ask? I am admitting right now that I am a little scared and intimidated. I'm letting my inner critic start to take over before I even start doing anything. I tend toward perfectionism and it is a fight at times to let myself mess up. To learn from mistakes and find what really works. This just gets worse as I come across work from other people that I admire. I know they all started somewhere and it just takes practice and time, but to see where they are in comparison to me, well it just makes me freeze.
I did make one small step towards starting. The piece I was going to create for the Tangerine Tango Challenge was going to be an art quilt. And while I didn't make it in time for the challenge deadline, I am still going to make it. It is sitting half finished on my sewing table right now. I do wish I had finished in time because it would have stood out in this challenge since so many were pieced quilts. But then I also asked myself if that would have been a good thing. Maybe the judges would be looking for a pieced quilt and discount my creation. I will never know that but I will go through with it and share the finished piece here.
That's my confession for the day. Are there any fears that you have in your sewing? What things do you do to get over them? I think I'm going to just have to dive in and do it myself.