This exercise in alignment has opened my mind to some past memories when I was learning something new that I think will apply to my art quilt strength. I am able to come up with design ideas but when I try to execute them, my designs all become very structured. My background in nursing has created a black and white thought process which was perfect for the time. Piecing was very easy to me because it is an organized process. I want to move on. Years ago, when I was learning to parallel ski and I just couldn’t master the turns until a friend skiing with us told me all I had to do was to let go, feel like I was going to fall but wouldn’t. Swing my hips out to the side and go. It worked! I take art so literally and want to be more abstract.
My art quilt group has a challenge I want to create, “Sunrise, Sunset”. My first idea was to make a sun setting into a glorious sky and a bright sun coming up out of the morning grey-blue colors. The next was to have a sun coming up and transition (using several suns to create an arc) thru the colors of the day to becoming a sunset across a rectangular back ground. The last one is part of a sun in a corner, with rays spreading across the back ground. The rays and the background colors would change as the day grew older.
I have made my lists of accomplished skill sets and get much enjoyment from them. I also made up my wannabe list: to improve my color usage, designs and reread your workshops (they put me into a creative mode). This whole exercise is making me aware of what I should be focusing on. I have decided to try working in a softer color palette as I mostly use brights and to soften up my designs. I will continue to use my threadwork skills to embellish my designs.