Friday, March 11, 2011


The last few days I have not lifted my crochet hook.  Well actually I did make another Around Town Cap in a warm black but that was about two days ago.  Since then, I have been attacking my sketch book with all of the ideas that come tumbling from my mind from time to time.  This is the inspiration that has eluded me the past couple of months.  I am back to building my portfolio...the only question is, where am I going to put all of these drawings and sculptures when I am done?  Usually I just draw but my inspiration transcends the two dimensional realm.  Most of my works will be true mixed media rather than my usual charcoal/ink/graphite/gouache amalgamation that I usually stick to.

I've started on one.  I have yet to take a picture as it is still a work in progress as it has been for the last couple of days.  I've taken for granted that I draw pretty fast.  I am relishing slowing down and paying attention to all the nuances in the pieces like I used to.  I had an art professor once describe me as "anal retentive" because of my attention to detail.  I couldn't just simply "draw" a picture.  I would attack every portion of it I could with detailed technical acuity.  These days I am not so caught up with technical perfection.  Back then I had a desire to be an art conservator so the need for keen observational skills was essential to my goals.  I still would not mind being an art conservator but my life since my early college years is much different.

Now that I'm older I can better embrace the abstract as well as the concrete.  I can remember the frustration of my professors at my refusal to even tip-toe out of my comfort zone of technical proficiency.  I was "tight" at times but it worked for me.  Now that I am older I can leave a piece with an unresolved line and not pitch a fit about it.  I actually have much more to say with my work also that I didn't have to say when I was younger.  I can remember feeling lost when I thought about the messages I wanted to convey which now is not a problem.  I know exactly what I want to say and can focus more on how to say it.  Well my next post will have something crochet/craft related in it.  I promise.

I am looking for ways to incorporate my crafting with my art.  It's just a matter of finding the right binding medium and it is on!