It's been a strange month... seems like everything I did involved questions and clarifications with answers being needed immediately. With the sheer quanity of them all, I really had no chance to rethink my replies, second guess the decision, or console my self in the bittersweet wallows of remorse. Things moved fast this month. But Sharon B's introspective query of "how I see myself as an 'artist/craftswoman' " was a question I had all of May to examine and now a month of days later it's really no clearer to me than when I started.
So to help me get closer to the answer I asked my self a few more questions & these thoughts came to mind regarding my art and I'm not sure whether this is a confessional or a claiming of random thought but this is what I "see"....
1) I don't allow myself to have as much fun as I should while creating. I'm most always drawn off course by should haves or could haves... including cooking, phone calls, relationship "maintenance", chores, the list goes on...
2) I tend to be repetitive with color and theme, but I love certain colors better than others and love working with them
3) I bore easily half way through a project, especailly if I feel its a bad one or it's not going where I want it to go. My truest joy is when a project gets that "life of it's own" and surprises me.
4) I have too many ideas which keep me from beginning something
5) I love the thrill of the hunt but have too much "stuff" for my lifetime. More reason to just throw caution to the winds and see what happens, make the biggest crazy quilt in the world?
6) I'm on the internet and inside books too much "oohhhing over" what others create. Just more awesome ideas for my head.
7) I often wonder if I wouldn't be better off to just choose one thing ie, theme, and try sticking with that I'm always changing, shedding, expanding.. ( future personal trademark, series perhaps? )
8) I would love to find a jump off point where no ones ever been before. (Yeah, right!) yet at the same time I'm afraid of my originality and how it may be perceived.
9) Although I detest deadlines the last hour has sometimes been the brightest burning one.
10) Finally, I need to get off my duff and seriously take it further by going here to Writing the Artist's Statement site originally linked to by Gayle at Sparkle Jars
In the mean time I'll keep doing what I'm doing and try to keep these kinds of creative interruptions away...
Taken from Quilters Home Magazine
Till the next time..... Jane