I've learned my lesson that I'm only good for one show a year. They really do change how I create, and I end up too focused on the final product and lose my willingness to experiment and take risks. Once the product becomes more central than the process, I know I'm out of sorts.
So I'm thrilled to be back to experimentation time! The first thing I need is a little Jude therapy and some slow, mindful stitching. At the same time, I want to try a few new things.
I want to try starting with an overall composition in mind and then let the piece evolve. I've wanted to do a small piece about light breaking through the darkness. From my sketchbook, I like this basic cruciform composition for it:I've also wanted to return to pieces that are heavily black and white with accents of color, along the lines of these I was doing last year:
But this time I want the color to be integrated more, subtle, keeping the piece primarily black and white.
I'm beginning by building strips of white texture: