This may be my favorite quilt to date. Perhaps it's because I'm such a "green" person. The piece excites me, I love each piece of fabric, all hand painted or printed, and the beads are like icing on the cake.
I had kind of an epiphany today, about making art and selling it. And the upshot is that although most of my work is and will be for sale, I'm not going to focus on trying to sell it any longer. I've always felt that I needed to try to sell my art, whatever it was that I produced at the time. I've always put a lot of energy into finding venues to sell, or doing shows, or now having an integrated online presence -- all in an effort to sell more work.
And you know what? over the years I have sold work, but I've never sold enough to make much of a difference for me, financially. Despite my best intentions, despite doing beautiful work whatever my medium at the time, despite major efforts to market myself and my work. I think my work appeals to a small group of people that I've never been able to figure out how to reach effectively. And I simply can't afford to invest more in what would be necessary to reach those folks, neither time nor money-wise.
My thinking now is that if I focus on creating art that I love, doing it for myself and for my artistic growth and development, that my work will sell when it sells, and I'll be a happier person for removing the selling struggle from my gameplan.
Toward the end of developing myself as a quilt artist, today I joined SAQA's Visioning Project. My goal for the year is to develop my artistic voice. Just taking the step of joining a team of thus-far close to 100 quilt artists made me feel like I was moving in the right direction. I've felt overwhelmed a lot in the last few months, mostly by all the possibilities for expression in this medium. I'm looking forward to having the support of a group to keep me focused on what I say I want to do.
And speaking of groups and support, a few weeks ago in a blog post I mentioned that I wanted to become part of an online quilt challenge group...but there wasn't one then looking for another partner...and several people contacted me about wanting to be in one if I wanted to start one...and I took some initial steps in that direction but came to realize that I didn't really have the energy or desire to organize such a thing...and two angels in the mix, Sue Bleiweiss and Vicky Welsh, took on the tasks of making us into a group. We don't have a name quite yet, but there are 13 of us, we'll do challenge quilts every two months starting mid-November, we'll have a group blog, and I'll fill you in with more info as it's available.
So good things are definitely happening for me artistically, in spite of my periodic overwhelm, confusion and seeming inertia!