Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where in the world???

Where has she been?  I'm such a slacker.  Between going to the gym and growing my hair, I just have really been slacking off on things.  Things like a new blog post...and new artwork...you know, that kind of thing.  In my defense, I have been using my break from the easel to do some needlework.  Longer days and warmer temps will be here eventually and the needlework will be put up.  For some reason, needlework just seems to be a winter kind of art. 

I did finish up a butterfly that was started last year...



I started another butterfly as a companion piece...



I finished, (but obviously haven't pressed) a counted cross stitch from two years ago...



And I finally got around to taking a picture of a cute little needlepunch that I did last year.


So, as you can see, I haven't been without art during my self-imposed painting break.  I'm just painting with thread. 

One thing is for sure, if I ever do get painter's block, there is always another art to motivate me. Because in addition to all my painting supplies, I have (and I know I'm the only one) large stashes of yarns, fabrics, patterns, books and magazines, and of course, my friend the internet to motivate me if I become bored with my current artsy adventure.

The thing is, if it's knitting, I have tons of supplies.  If it's sewing, once again I have tons of stash.  I have jewelry supplies that would complete any store inventory and whatever I need in the way of polymer clay is always only a few steps away.  I have vintage craft kits from the 70's just waiting to be completed and a box full of naked Barbies waiting to be repurposed.  Blessedly, our house has a great storage area that is the length of the entire house and DH has been great about helping with shelves and tables and whatever we need to keep things organized.  Shucks, I even converted the downstairs walk-in shower to a supply closet.  It wasn't always like this.  I have done many an art piece at the kitchen table, and who hasn't put that sewing machine in the kitchen at one time or another?  That's one of the great things about artists.  Whether it is fabric or fiber, painting or polymer...we will figure out a way to do it.  Why? Because it's just who we are.  We may take breaks from projects for long periods of time and devote time to other things when necessary, but we always go back to art. 

So if the little artist within you has been too busy, or too uninspired...indulge yourself tonight.  Take her out for a while and immerse yourselves in something that you used to just love to do, or perhaps haven't made the time to do.  It could be finishing a previously started project, or simply reading a how-to book. You know you want to...so like those Nike ads say...let's just do it.

That's all for now.  We'll talk soon and maybe I won't be such a slacker next time...but don't hold me to it!

10 comments:

Nezzy said...

Your needlepoint projects are just as amazin' as your paintings. I'm quite smitten with the woolly little sheep.

That's one thing about creative folk...we never have to search for the next project, it's usually there waitin' for us.

God bless you sweetie and have a most glorious day!!! :o)

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Your needlepoint work is just lovely! I unfortunately stink at counted cross stitch and needlepoint.

Peri said...

Yo Slacker! Nice to know I am not the only one! Currently I have a shawl on the knitting needles, two pastel pieces to frame up, 4 canvas screaming for paint on them, two needlepoint canvases going and a thread stash that at which the Yarn Harlot would be amazed! BTW did you remember the needlepunch rug kit that Momma started? You should relay that tale to your flock... Really like the needlework butterflies!

vivian said...

well, it certainly doesnt look like youve been slacking! love the needle work youve been doing. I used to do a lot of needlepunch embroidary, havent done any in quite a while. Was thinking about making a valentine piece.. well, we'll see!
anyways have a great week!
hugs
vivian

BlueRidgeLady said...

Golly! I just loved your new finished pieces! The butterflies were beautiful. I used to cross stitch too! I did a beach scene that I put down for along time and finally finished it...never got it framed though! See you aren't the only one! I think you are anything BUT a slacker! You are wear me out, and I'm so envious of your drive and determination to get to the gym and for all you do!

Tina said...

So beautiful... All my art and crafty supplies are neatly packed in boxes waiting for the day we get move. this post makes me miss them. I love doing needlework and yours is so pretty.

T

Amy Sullivan said...

~I've done the same all winter~ knit,sew,needle work~ no painting~
now, I'm feeling antsy~
I have 4 needlepoint's that I hope to finish by the time I'm 80~lol~
~I do love handwork~

Liska said...

You are so creative it is unreal... Well done on more beautiful pieces of work.

I have posted some pics to show you just how grown up Aaron is now.

Liska xx

Liska said...

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x

Liska said...

Don't feel obliged to (honest) as it is very very very time consuming. I had to do it in batches...
Liska x