I’ve been embarking on a project that seems both so glaringly obvious and at the same time rather creative. People who see the bits and pieces of it are raving. “So creative” they say. “You are so multi-talented!” they say.
As for me, it all comes so naturally I waver between being embarrassed about taking credit and wanting to hide because the praise feels unwarranted.
I love the outcome I am seeing though, so for now - I will take any praise one may choose to offer.
I have been creating what I call a Morning Pages Quilt.
I literally have rows and rows of notebooks on my shelves. I have been revisiting old notebooks and new notebooks and noting any particularly vibrant and alive quotes and writing those words onto paper painted using either gouache, tempera or acrylic paint.
On one quilt-in-progress (the tempera one) I have made floral quilt pieces on another (the gouache) I made more traditional “quilt squares” though my first draft is messier and less pleasing than the second draft.
My initial plan was to cut up the squares but now I may just use photographs as “cuts” and then keep the original piece all as one, perhaps mounting it on a board to hang.
I tend to defer to more experienced artist friends who question my motives which can be good but also makes me feel uncertain which is, I suppose, not bad.
What do you think of my “quilt”?
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