Friday, January 27, 2012

Stay Focused!

One of the things I’m working on for 2012 is STAYING FOCUSED! What does that mean? Well, according to all my organizational gurus, it’s all about downsizing to a more manageable load of stuff. Then life is supposed to be easier. Well, I’m just not quite there yet…I think maybe I sort of am in my real life, but in my art life, I am definitely not! There are way too many things to love out there. I just can’t seem to focus when it comes to art. I love to take photographs and mess around with them in Photoshop. I love to print them out and use them in my collages or make Xerox copies and make image transfers, making collages that really mean something to me. I also love working with encaustic wax. It is just so experimental and ever changing. It really makes the journey so much more enjoyable. I love to sew and make things, whether it is something functional like a bowl or a purse or curtains, to working with fabric to make an art quilt. I also like to dye my fabric or paint on it or both or switch paper into the mix or combine them. Oh, and I also decided to try my hand at fabric design. Just for the heck of it…I designed some. Then I ordered a yard from an online company. Pretty cool, actually! Here's a sneak peak:

You see? Focus? What is that? I try and narrow myself down, but then I learn something new or read about a new technique. Oh and I didn’t even mention…printmaking! That is actually my background - in college anyway. I’ve always loved the many varying results that you can get from one single plate or piece of linoleum or cut of wood. Add some color and a surface or fabric and away we go! So, staying focused will be on the list of New Year’s resolutions. Promise.

See you soon and have a great time creating!


  1. I'm with you on the focus thing. I can definitely use more of that. :)

    I love the fabric! Can't wait to hear what you're going to do with it.

    Have fun! :D

  2. Awww. Thanks Michelle! Okay, back to focusing! I;m so not good at that...