Monday, October 18, 2010

Art and Life

Happy Cat Trio
8" x 8" acrylic on canvas panel

Hi! I've been a bit absent from my blog here lately. Sigh! Not that I wanted to be, but because I was working through a personal issue.

As I think about life and art lately, I'm finding it interesting how when we deal with the things that life sometimes throws at us, that we all react and act differently. For example, I have seen or read where some artists really dive into their art and create some of their most amazing work when faced with difficult problems.

For me, during the past two weeks, I found that I could not work on any quilting, whatsoever. As I was processing and working through my personal issue, I just couldn't go into the studio and quilt. No matter that there was a quilt right under the sewing machine needle, just patiently waiting, waiting, and waiting.

But, I did find that I wanted to paint. Painting helped me in some way that quilting couldn't. Strange? Maybe. Maybe not.

How about you....do you turn to art or away from art when coping with difficult life whammies?

Page spread in my journal

Anyway, things seem to be getting back to normal. I went into the studio today and quilted on my quilt for a while. It felt good!

17 comments:

  1. I walk away from the studio. I think my mind cannot handle too much stimulation in diverse areas. I envy those who use art to work through difficulties. I have found that the critic is most loud during times like that for me. On the plus side, when the urge to create stikes, I know I have moved on. Interesting subject and how we all react differently.

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  2. Also, I hope whatever troubles came your way, they are in the distant past. Wishing you a week of joy.

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  3. I did a seminar with Stewart Cubley, on painting as thearapy. It was a completely different way of working through feelings, & more spontaneous for the most part.

    I tend to quilt when I'm happy.I think painting flows a little easier, & can be more mindless, which is a good way to be when you have worries to work through. I hope things get better for you soon Terri. Warm hugs my friend.

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  4. You steal my heart with those cats. I've done a couple of my best pieces when faced with personal adversity. Hope all is better for you really soon. Thanks for talking to me Friday even though I now know you were probably not up to it. Big hugs to you dear!

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  5. both pieces are wonderful Terri...I especially like the cats, though I'm sure that's not a surprise to you (:-).

    I find it very hard to work when there are difficult issues to deal with. I tend to want to cocoon with the kitties.

    I hope all your issues resolve happily soon.

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  6. Your post reminded me of a time of great upheaval at my house and I would walk into the studio, turn the light on, look around, turn off the light and walk out. I couldn't zero in on a project because none of it seemed important at the time. The only quilting I got done was samples for my classes for almost a year.

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  7. good to see you back to blogging, love the cats.

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  9. During difficult times, I can sometimes hand quilt or create Free Style Cobblestone blocks from the remnant bin for later use. But knitting dish cloths doesn't take to much thought so I seem to have a stock pile of them. Praying for you Terri.

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  10. Glad you are back on the road again:)

    I can't do much of anything when I am upset and nothing seems to make it better, quilting or otherwise. The anxiety just overrides everything.

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  11. I hope you're feeling better lately!

    Usually I can't work at all when I'm faced with serious life dilemmas. Right now I'm dealing with some of the heaviest issues I think I've ever faced but instead of being frozen creatively, I'm diving head-first into the studio. This is not necessarily a Good Thing, because working in the studio is keeping me from having to think about what's happening in my life. But still, it's there, there's a lot of work that needs to be done anyway, and it's helping me escape and give my mind some rest!

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  12. Sounds like you have found a resolution you can live with. I am glad for you.

    I find my hand quilting to be very meditative but I have to have far more energy to work on the machine.

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  13. Love your cats!!!! love the color. Also very cool journal page. I find that when times are bad it's hard for me to sew on the machine, do woodwork, but that holding some piece of work in my hands is very comforting. I have just bought a weaving loom and find that is great for calming me down. The best thing for me tho is to rearrange and clean house. I am not a great house keeper but when I am upset...look out! Ha!

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  14. I too cannot be creative when faced with some adversity. However if it is going to be a long drawnout problem that can not be resolved in a few days, then I find peace and a break from thinking about it when in the studio.

    I feel something in the eyes of the journal face perhaps reflecting your mood....yet the cats show you moving forward.

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  15. Bless you, Terri. Seems to be lots of issues floating about. I tend to need a bit of down time, reading or something, then activity as in housecleaning before I'm ready to create something with fabric. I haven't enough experience in mixed media to settle into that form of creativity when I'm a bit stressed.

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  16. Love the kitty trio.

    I've had some whammies this year and each time I have turned back to drawing. This time I am revisiting colored pencils :)

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  17. I like your happy trio! Appears your journal spread was done while working something out; I see her deep in serious thought. Glad you are back to your quilting!

    When I'm in that situation I don't get anything done in the sewing room. I don't get much of anything done but I can throw clay on the wheel. The centering seems to apply to me as well as the clay!

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