I had a “Tailgate Critique” yesterday! How did that happen?? Read on.
I am Co-Rep for the NorCA/NorNV region of Studio Art Quilt Associates. We held our quarterly meeting on Wednesday in Danville, a San Francisco Bay area community about a 2 hour drive from my home. One of the very best things about the quarterly meetings can be the car pool. Ideas get bantered about, and we all get to know each other just a little bit better.
As luck would have it, Wednesday’s commute was just me and the Pixeladies-Kris Sazaki and Deb Cashatt, two delightful and talented artists on the ascent. Kris and Deb were a part of Quilt National this year-does it get any better than that?
I have been pondering my next move artistically. I arrived home from my Houston trip inspired, but not specifically inspired about a next project or direction. All that changed in one car trip. Kris, Deb and I began to talk about my “Morning Breeze” quilt and I received some great perspective and advice on that quilt which is leading me in a new artistic direction.
Once we arrived at our meet up point, I grabbed “Morning Breeze” out of the back of Kris’ car and we began to discuss detail and composition. It turned into a critique of sorts. There’s a lot I like about that quilt but also some things that I wanted to improve on. We discussed what I could learn from that quilt.
In the manner of a true critique, they opened my eyes up to things I had not noticed. All this led me to decide what I wanted to do next and how I was going to pursue it. Kris and Deb know their art. Their critique stretched, encouraged and educated me all at the same time.
I think I am going to travel along a path similar to “Morning Breeze” only in a smaller format. I am still inspired and intrigued by the structure, texture and movement of my drought tolerant plants. I think I will continue to work in the black and white format I established in “Morning Breeze”, with some changes in composition. I wonder if I can work those designs on sheers. I wonder what they would look like if I mounted some of them within frames. What would happen if I simplified some of the more complex plantings and used them as inspiration?
I can’t wait to get started. I plan my calendar so that all teaching and lectures come to an end in mid-November. I have one more engagement next week and then I will focus on my new direction. I am so excited! “Tailgate Critique”-who knew?