It was a bit difficult getting started yesterday. I'm not used to working in such a tight space never mind sharing a table with another artist. But I can. Share. If I have to. We agreed to just push each other's stuff back if it started oozing.
You can see my machine on the table. That far side is my half and the near side is my partner's. She's a third generation, life time, artist, twenty years older than I and a delightful woman to talk to. We went for dinner last night to an Italian restaurant and had a great discussion.
There is more shopping in Ashland than there was in Sisters and of course there's a store set up in the corner of the classroom with Diane's patterns, paints, stencils, and kits. I'm debating another one of Miles' (Diane's son) prints, this one a little calmer and more sophisticated than the one I'm working with now. It's...
... more of a child like print. I had enough to cut out two upper center fronts, an upper center back, and two sleeves for another little girl twirl coat with some scraps left over. And then...
... I cut the side fronts and side backs from a similar canvas and stenciled on them and drew stitching lines. I actually painted. How amazing is that. I built up the fabric...
... in layers making the large circles first and then the golden swirls and then the dotted lines. Above left is the same fabric as above right without the lines. They make a difference. After this picture was taken, I added bright green dots in the middle of the large circles to tie in the green in Miles' print. I'll still need to do more work because they go together but not completely as you can see below. I'll work on it more today.
Today is my actual birth day. This is a FABULOUS way to spend my birthday week. I love driving and especially driving alone. I enjoy meeting new people. Everyone has a story and it's so fascinating. I've had coffees, lunches, dinners, and great creative conversation with lots of different woman. And I'm learning, taking a workshop, stretching my skills, and sewing which are some of my all time favourite thing to do. And I'm taking care of and celebrating self. This is good.
In yesterday's study, I read:
God's goal in our lives is growth. So what's the difference between growth and our typical idea of "perfection"? Perfectionism is all or nothing. Growth is little by little. Perfectionism is all about the goal. Growth is more about the journey. Perfectionism is about outward appearances. Growth is about what happens on the inside. Perfectionism is about what we do. Growth is about who we are becoming. - You're Already Amazing by Holley Gerth
The older I get the more I have to learn. I'm the youngest woman in this class. The oldest is in her mid eighties. I'm thankful for the inspiration and the encouragement to continue to evolve, develop, and grow the skills and abilities I've been gifted with. And today, I get to spend my special day doing my all time favourite thing with woman whose eyes don't glaze over and roll back and who "get" me. YES YES
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - birthday celebrations