This illustration made it to my FB post first. That is unusual for me because everything I draw (unless it’s for someone else) should land here first. But it must be just an indication of my slipping into a rut and being unable to climb out of it.
I shared this same concern about my writing (the art and writing began to flub at the same time) with my writing instructor. Here I am, almost at the end of the course and suddenly the words don’t come. Well they do because they’re all over the place. It’s just the right ones that have become elusive. She hasn’t responded yet so it’s either I did a horrible job with the assignment and she’s figuring out how to tell me nicely, or my quandary has her in a quandary as well. Corrected assignments usually come a few days after submission. That’s another story altogether, though, isn’t it? Moving on . . .
In my search for inspiration, I found Salley Mavor and her art. What can I tell you? I sat on the bed most of Sunday afternoon surrounded by pieces of felt, embroidery floss, yarn, chenille stems, and little doodads to embellish my little creation. I had finished a test piece a few days prior to receiving her book in the mail and that test piece is now hanging from my bag, carrying a little rucksack that holds my anti-bac hand cleaner. I should take a picture and post it but that will just have to wait. Meanwhile, I’m picking up better techniques from Salley’s book (like putting on the head after the dress is already sewn on the body) and am almost finished with my second little creature.
Will it take the place of paint and paper or even tablet and stylus? I hardly think so but I have been pulled back to exploring mixed media. I’m not as crazy about embroidery as Salley Mavor is so definitely, paint, paper, cloth, and other interesting things will find their way into the art for sure. Meanwhile, my anti-bac hand cleaner is in a unique holder and takes care of what I will be giving some friends when this year’s Holiday Season comes around!