So I'm trying to start building consistency of working on something every day. Today I added some back stitched dark green swirlies in silk thread! I plan on playing with them later on. I know it seems extreme with the dark against the light but hopefully with later layering it will be balanced out...that is what I do! I keep balancing the composition as I go!
Lately I also have been thinking about my dream to be an Artist. And I know technically I already am one and I realize that now. It's been hard for me to acknowledge that to myself feeling like I'm not a real artist. But now I am going to start working on heading towards building a portfolio of work that could be considered fine art and be in a gallery. I still feel like at this point people will totally laugh at me for thinking I might even have a slight chance to do that eventually. But I think I can do it. My media is different than traditional artists and I don't totally fit within the Crazy Quilting world for art quilts either. I still think what I do is just as valid as anyone else, it's just different. Right now I need to look into copyright issues that could come up with fabrics and materials I use and start working on pieces that are completely free of that issue. When only working privately for myself and gifts it didn't really matter as much. With the goal of being a Fine Artist it's important that I create with that in mind. Also to create things that are the heart and soul of what I do but done in a way that I can allow to leave my possession. So much of my current work could never leave my hands...including this Memorial Piece! It has too much meaning for me personally. So I need to work on things that are meaningful to me but I can let go of. I also don't need to do this for income, my ultimate goal is *just* to create fine art! It will only be icing on top of the cake to one day be sold. If it never happens then I will be just as content having built up a portfolio of art!
I'm now acknowledging that what I do is art, it has emotion in it and people connect with it on an emotional level. I always have a larger goal of showing people things that bring them enjoyment, maybe tickle a desire to find more details within it to enjoy. It is meant to be framed on the wall, and has no use for it other than to bring enjoyment to the viewer! It may be that I use pieced fabric as my "canvas" and I use forms of needle art, other objects, and textiles as my "paint" but it is art. I'm not sure what genre it belongs in. I don't think it's even fully crazy quilting because I don't finish it in a traditional way or create quilts. So this is what I'm trying to hash out right now at the beginning of this new journey in my life!