Saturday, July 9, 2011

Trying to Motivate Myself

 First I have to tell you that I've been invited to attend my first work /critique session with the ladies from SAQA on the 12th. I'm nervous just thinking about it because I don't have anything started to critique. If you remember in an earlier post I was invited to join the group even though I'm a beginner compared to these women. So trying to calm my jitters I went to the library for inspiration, just love the Nancy Crow book. Also picked up a few books with techniques I learned about six years ago with quilter, Carol Taylor. Luckily I kept everything from her classes to reference from.

 Went though my fabrics and discovered this left over acorn that I made years ago during a class with Carol Taylor. Maybe I can incorporate it into a new piece. Also looked at my stash of painted newsprint. Just love some of the designs and though I might try recreating them on fabric.

 Here's the acorn with some of my paper choices. Next step is get the fabric dye and fabric out to recreate these patterns onto. If you remember I also have the new deColourant paints to try out. I also think it may be fun to paint over the acorn a bit or maybe stamp on it. Lots of possibilities.

Another acorn found in my fabric drawer. In fact I found all the patterns I made in many different sizes. Everything is looking good but I have one problem. I can't seem to get started. All I want to do is relax and read. I don't even want to draw. I started to stress out, but then remembering my three month bout with pneumonia this past year. Not wanted to go though that again I've decided to just go with the flow, which is easier said than done for me. So for now maybe I should skip this weeks meeting even though I hate missing out on such a wonderful experience but I must listen to my body.  Everything is ready to go and eventually I'll find myself in the studio again. Does anybody else put themselves though this stress?


  1. Perhaps you could go to the meeting and listen and socialize?

  2. Thanks, Victoria. I'm calling today to see if that's alright.


  3. I go through this stress all the time. I have some health issues that affect my energy, so It's a struggle to get things done and to also take some relaxing time.
    It's hard to find balance when you are so aware of the clock ticking. I'm trying to let that go right now.

  4. You have to listen what your body has to say. And i hope you will feel better soon.

  5. I love the acorn shape and that you are trying new things...great way to spend the summer!

  6. Ms. Maggio just stopping through to say thank you for the comments on my blog...hope you and Mr.Bailey (he helped me soooo much learn the in's and out's of he was one of my most funny and interesting teachers...SO COOL) enjoy :) ALSO LOVE YOUR BLOG and this post! Just reminds me so much of how you and your art we're motivation and inspiration to me in highschool and even still to this day...thank you sooo much, not sure you really understand how much you had an effect on me...
    :) xoxo Charity



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