This topic of Limitation is a comfortable one for me, but I took this opportunity to think about it in a more organized way. One thing I've noticed is that if I'm going to make something as an exercise I still want it to end up being "art", that is, I have a hard time using my time and energy to just fool around. I understand why it's a good idea, but still...
Unless I am making something for a specific purpose (a collage card for a certain occasion, for instance), my work tends to just come from an inner response to color or materials rather than from a concept. My "message" is subliminal, so I've been trying to get at a list of ideas involving "limits", things I might actually make, without it feeling false.
It's easy for me to work small, so I thought about what it would be like to make something Huge. I want to think about this more - not because I might or might not actually do it, but because it is such a stretch. It takes my mind in all kinds of directions, which is a good thing, and I'll play with this concept some more.
My work tends to be very colorful, so I would like to make something using only whites - fabrics, papers, threads in shades of white only. That would be a challenge for me. And I like lots of pattern, so I'm drawn to the idea of a "minimalist" piece - another challenge.
In a quilt experiment, limiting myself to only using pieces that are already cut out - leftovers from many previous projects.
Or, limiting myself to only one type of print - only plaids, only polka-dots. And for collage, using materials from only one magazine and making that work.
Right now, and for the first time in many years, I have plenty of time. And I'm aware that I'm being kind of sloppy with it. At first I gave myself permission to just do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and also knew I really needed to learn to slow down. Now, I want to ease into a new phase of life, more relaxed, but more productive of my own work/play. Having a broken leg to recover from has been the catalyst. I wish it hadn't taken that, but it did, and I am grateful that I found this course, and that I have been limited in my activities - if I could really get around easily and do a lot of heavy lifting I'd be finishing getting settled in this house instead of spending this time thinking about my work, writing about it, and finishing some projects. I just completed a quilt that I started 2 years ago, and went right onto working on one that's been on the back burner for longer than that. All good.