Monday, August 31, 2009

back to art

First, thanks for all your sweet comments about my mother. I really don't mean to spend a lot of time on that subject but not only is life interfering with art, it is influencing art. And art is what I intended this blog to focus on when I began writing it almost 5 years ago. So... Tonight I had a really great art experience! I participated in the on-line quilt critique run by Sandra Sider and Lisa Chipetine. Having done it once, I am hooked and will do it again. There were five of us tonight who had submitted work for crit. I sent a piece I had already finished; one that my two crit groups had looked at and hadn't had any suggestions about, although something about the finished piece was bothering me. It is always good to have fresh eyes looking at something and Sandra is one of the best around. She has an outstanding eye and sensibility. I highly encourage you to submit a piece for critique (everybody is anonymous) and get intelligent, valuable feedback on your work. Great value on every level. And if you're too chicken to do it the first time around, watch and listen to the crit as a silent participant. Tonight I started stitching Urban Storefront, which I am raw-edge applique'ing to its background. Over the next few days I might get some more stitching done. Tomorrow, back to the studio to try and find two exhibit pieces I put away so carefully that I now cannot remember where I put them. Uh oh.

5 comments:

Eva said...

What a great opportunity! I imagine I participated... It would mean to be on the phone at 3 in the morning... Does it happen to you, too, that you put a piece of cloth onto a certain spot because you KNOW it must be there, even though you feel that critics would say, no, it doesn't fit? This happens to me all the time.

Diane Wright said...

I THOUGHT I heard a familiar voice associated with the best piece of the night, in my humble opinion. It was my first time too and while with a piece I cobbled together for the event (not that that's an excuse) I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, learned a lot, and intend to participate again. And, interestingly...to me that is...I saw my work through different eyes, like it just a bit more and might actually finish it. Something Lisa said prodded an idea into being.

Eva said...

Hope there will be good news from your Mom soon.

Rosemary@semo.net said...

Hi Rayna, Good thoughts and prayers for your mom. I'm glad to see you back creating. Sometimes, that is challenging. Can you tell me what's happening with Planet Textiles blog? I'm no longer able to get anything on it, and I do like to scan it.

Susie Monday said...

Thanks for the link to the quilt critique info. I have been meaning tyo check it out and plan to participate in the future. It seems like a great opportunity for some feedback! And, good health to you mom.