Sunday, September 27, 2009

Artist Warrior Update

How do you handle fear?

Do you ever get to that place in a piece where you know that it's all good so far & if you try this one thing; and it goes badly it will be unalterable and you will have ruined it? I hadn't planned on painting in the eyes but I wanted to add some color to give them more presence. I knew once I applied the paint, that would be it. But that type of fear is just what my Artist Warrior is good at fending off. The fear never goes away entirely, but she's good at saying:

"So what??? If you don't risk; you gain nothing... no experience, no joy and more importantly NO SUCCESS!
And what have you lost? NOTHING!
You've spent time in your sewing room with your favorite music playing: you are not at your 'day job': you are playing with fabric and your sewing machine & all the shiny things that you adore! You've stared at your thread wall and changed your mind a dozen times on which color, which texture, which line you want to follow and been super pleased with what you DID choose! Oh ya, that's SO horrible isn't it? So be quiet; get the paint out; dip it lightly, play on a practice scrap; and then? "JUST DO IT!"

So I did.

And I'm happy with the results. Sure, there are things I would do differently next time but what I learned was that you can paint lightly then add if necessary. You can add tiny amounts of other color to pick up a different element in the work. If you mix your very fine eye make up glitter with fabric medium, it sticks to fabric and won't flake off to everywhere else! If you take a waterproof black pen, you can add tiny lines and if you add enough, they make a lovely shadow effect AND you can add tiny fine lines on the painted part that give a wonderful depth dimension too! Eyes are fun!

Artist Warrior = 1
Fear = fugeedaboudit!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Work in Progress

On an inspirational site I read called Blisschick Christine was sharing insights as to how to deal with the sometimes negative chatter that goes on in the mind of the artist. To combat that chatter she called it getting your 'Artist Warrior' on. The idea so captivated me I immediately went home, cleared the design table & attempted to create what I imagined my 'Artist Warrior' would look like. A few drawings later, I had it. I put 'her' down, had the hair, staff, Raven guide, robe. But what was I looking at in the night sky?

I had to make it night sky because the only fabric I had that played well with the bright robe & hair was a darker fabric. But the trouble was then trying to imbue light back into the scene. Originally there was going to be a bright star. And that's where the work stopped. Labor Day weekend.

Sadly, we lost our youngest cat; you can read that account here and so after a couple weeks of tears and having the Artist Warrior on my design wall waiting; I found the perfect thing to be reflecting on in the night sky. Coco's eyes. This is still a work in progress as evidenced by the pins showing; there will be tulle added, beading and more quilting certainly. But it's off to a good start. It's a personal piece; not for a show or gallery necessarily, but just because I was so captivated by the idea I had to make it/her/me. What fun!

The calligraphy is in Irish and reads, 'Strength; Love and Honor'.

Any comments are appreciated!