Push-up Series so far

I wanted to look at all of the Push-up series at once, so I thought I would do a short blog on them. For those who are new to my blog, my idea of a “push-up” is taking the opportunity to explore an idea without expecting to create a masterpiece. It is a relaxed approach. It’s low risk. I don’t worry about failure. I just try to enjoy the process. … Continue reading

Review of 2013

My family

It’s nice to look back and reflect a bit, so here’s my short review of 2013. Thankfully it was a bit less eventful than 2012. There were several things I split my attention between. I spent quite a bit of time speaking and teaching at numerous quilt guilds across the country. Sweet hubby and I traveled to California, Des Moines, Decatur, and all over Ohio. I’ve included the long trips … Continue reading

Push-up 1 finalized

Yesterday I wrote about considering the same composition rotated in different directions. There were some very nice, thoughtful comments. Thank you to everyone who took time to weigh in on the options. I happened to be reading Color Studies (Second Edition) by Edith Anderson Feisner just this morning when I ran across a discussion on value progressions. I perked right up at that, since that has been on my mind … Continue reading

Push-up 1 rotated

One of the aspects of experimentation I often forget is to try to keep an open mind all the way to the end and beyond. I often start with a general idea at the beginning and it is difficult to move beyond that. With this piece, for instance, the whole time I was sewing it I was thinking of it as a horizontal piece, moving from low density on the … Continue reading

First push-up complete

In my interview with Lisa Chin, I touched on my idea of “push-ups” for artists. Briefly, it is based on the idea that an athlete strengthens himself many different ways that are not directly related to their particular sport. For instance, he may never compete at push-ups, but he does them regularly because he knows it will strengthen his arms. Why should we, as artists, expect to be different? Why … Continue reading

Mobile studio

Sweet hubby surprised me this week by suggesting we take a little creative retreat for a couple of days. He removed the dining table from the RV that my Dad gave us, and he put my portable sewing table in its place. It fit perfectly! Of course, that meant we had to eat our meals sitting on the couch while balancing our plates on our laps, but that’s a small … Continue reading

Work-at-home ethics, part 2

I was talking to DD#1 about the idea of artists doing “push-ups.” That’s the way I think of the process of exploring an idea without expecting to create a masterpiece. It is a relaxed approach. It’s low risk. I don’t worry about failure. I just try to enjoy the process. I try to keep my brain engaged while I work, and I try to think of other variations that could … Continue reading

Good work-at-home ethics

The last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to teach myself good work-at-home ethics. I’ve been using this quilt as my learning tool. Part of its purpose is to explore tonal gradations. The other part is to train myself to stay on task. I need to learn good work-at-home ethics because I’m becoming more ADD as I grow older! I remember when I used to sew single-mindedly for hours on … Continue reading