It seems like ages since I have been in the studio. The axiom - the longer you've been away from the work, the harder it is to get started, has once again proven itself to be true. It's not that I don't have ideas or want to create, it's that I have so much to do that I don't know where to begin and hence, the dizzy tizzy in the studio.
I did this journal page Thursday for the Self-Portrait round robin I am in, stitching on paper, collaging fabric and over-dyeing the whole thing with fluid acrylics - a self-portrait in the looser sense - me as an extension of my new sewing machine, a Bernina 630. It's my first "sewing computer" as they call these computerized machines and I love it. It arrived about a month ago and I've been adding decorative stitches in my work, just the tip of the iceberg as far as the machine goes.
I leave again for Art & Soul Dallas next week. I'm teaching 3 classes and doing a day of individual Creativity Coaching and Critique sessions. When I was just starting out I really wanted to sit down with someone and see if I was on the right track with my art. A few well placed comments and evaluations made all the difference in my level of confidence, and kept me heading in the direction of my dreams when I got cold feet or thought I wasn't good enough. So here I am, offering that to others...wanting to make a difference, giving back, or paying it forward. Yes, Pay if Forward. I like the implication of the phrase "paying it forward" as opposed to "giving back". There's more growth in forward movement.
I seem to be rambling on this morning, carried off on tangents. Perhaps I should take this energy into the studio. ~