Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Beyond Expectation

I was feeling iffy about this piece, until I quilted it today. Glad to say it turned out better than I imagined. Sometimes things just really work, and everything about this 12x12" quilt works for me -- the image, the shapes, the quilting. It's called Secret Passage.

I think I haven't mentioned this before, but I am working on this 12x12" series of Italian images for one of my two local shows next year. And it's a good exercise to work in a series that holds together, one or more elements common to all of them. I am aiming for at least 12 pieces, with a stretch goal of 18 or more. Secret Passage is number 7.

A lot has been written about the value of working in series, and I'm finding it enlightening to be working thus. I know I've wanted to quit this one a few times -- not because I'm not enjoying the fruits of my labors nor because I don't like them (I am and I do), but because I fear falling into a rut, repeating myself, making formulaic work. Of course it's likely way too early in my art quilting career to be worrying about these things...but I do want to keep things fresh, I do want to mix things up often, I don't want to do too much of the same thing. If for no other reason than the boredom factor.

But no, I am not bored with this series. And in fact, after being away from it for a couple of weeks, I see some gradual shifts. So I am newly ignited.

Today's Sketchbook collage is posted here.

10 comments:

susan christensen said...

I find that working in series really helps me develop stronger images, because I am forced to go deeper into the concept and stretch visually to keep my interest fresh. So it is really a vertical progression rather than a horizontal one. Really like what you are doing with this work, the layers are intriguing and wonderful quilting holding it all together - great!

Terri Stegmiller said...

I like this one...the colors and shapes are great.

Diane Wright said...

Very interesting imagery...and quilting. I think there is so much to learn when working within a series.

Sandy said...

It has such depth-I really like it. Working in a series helps me explore ideas. Not all of them work, but some are great.

maggi21 said...

It's a really lovely piece and if you are not bored with the series then it must mean that you have more to explore.

Jan said...

I look forward to working in a series someday--thanks for your thoughts and example.

I like this quilt--it makes me feel delightfully off-balance.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Great piece. My favourite so far in the series. I especially like the colours and the way the setting and irregular borders add to the tension. So pleased to see you working in a series. Am sure this is only the beginning of interesting results. Don't know that you do boring.

frazzledsugarplummum said...

I can't get over your sketchbook collages. Another wonderful piece.

Nora said...

I wouldn't worry about becoming bored. I'd say there is enough room within the series to do lots of imaginary things. You won't fall into a rut at all. It will be very interesting.

Bonnie said...

I haven't been commenting, but I have been following you with great joy---and now even from Montana