1) My family will always come first and take up a lot of time..... and that's a good thing. The time I have with my children is very short in the grand scheme of things, so I'm going to celebrate the messiness they inherently bring.
I hope there will be no more pouting about not getting to the studio! Slap me if I do.
2) I'm going to remember that, despite the family obligations, I still made some art this past year that I'm really proud of. In fact, I think I made some of my favorite pieces last year. I only showed you a peek of this one before, but it's okay if I show you the entire quilt; it's one I especially like. This is Behind the Barbed Wire and it's currently waiting for an exhibition with the group CLAW (Crossing the Line: Artists at Work), spearheaded by Karen Musgrave.
|Behind the Barbed Wire|
3) I was a student more than I realized in 2012. I took two eight week, on-line courses with Lisa Call in 2012: Working in a Series and Abstraction. Working in a Series started my artistic exploration of a chair shape and I know I'll continue exploring it in the coming months. I've long admired textile artists who can create abstract work, but I didn't know if I could use abstraction in my own work. I took Lisa's abstraction class in an effort to learn more; I wanted to make a thoughtful decision on whether or not abstraction is "right" for me. I had no idea how much I didn't know, about abstract art in general and the incredible intellectual approach to different forms of abstraction. In addition to learning a great deal, I think the class made me a better art viewer. I also made some really cool drawings that I will want to pursue in fabric some day.
I hope to continue to learn in 2013 because I'm a geek at heart. It was wonderful to rediscover my passion for book -learning and inquisitive thought. Loved it, loved it, loved it. I don't know how this will manifest itself in the coming months, but I loved being a mini-academic.
4) An exciting development for me at the end of the year was my acceptance into the Latitude Quilts group. I really enjoy the camaraderie of a group working towards a common goal. To that end, the bi-monthly themed challenges of our group will get me thinking in new ways, especially since so many of the artists have a completely different perspective than my own since we're truly a global group. I can't wait to hear their take on what I create. Our first reveal is on January 31st. In the spirit of experimentation, I'm thinking of trying to include some Christmas debris in my piece:
I look forward to being pushed by my new colleagues.
Here's to 2013!