Thursday, February 10, 2011

Studio Journals: A Designer's Workhorse...

Such a beautiful day today in North Carolina. We woke up to a tiny dusting of snow
 and Carolina Blue skies. A crisp, picture perfect day.  A good day to get up early, get some chores done and venture down in to the studio I have missed so much over the last few months.

Studio Journals: the "Designer's Workhorse."  That is the name of the new workshop I'm participating in - taught by Sharon B. and my "jumping off point" for 2011.  I'm looking forward it begining on February 15th and will be blogging about my progress.

 I'm thinking of making a journal like this one I made a while back. I loved how this came out, but I'm not sure if I may want a hardbound spiral journal - for ease of access.  I'll have to think about it.  I think I may also want a journal that's a bit larger so there's plenty of room for samples, etc.  I can still paint the cover if I want to. I need to decide quick as the workshop starts Tuesday.

I've decided to head up to Virginia in a few weeks to  attend the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival. I haven't been in a few years and I really enjoy going to that.   Personally seeing work that I've admired in books and magazines up close - those fine details lost in photographs - and mingling with other artists I've met through blogging and workshops is such a source of inspiration. I've planned a three day road trip which will take me there and back with a day and a half for the show.  A little breathing room. Some time to think.   I think I'll like that.

I've missed being in the studio and am happy to be back.  I spent a good part of the day in there today for the first time since November. Lights on, new machine plugged in, music playing, a yogurt satiated Gizmo at my feet.  It felt good. 

Would love (as always) to hear what your 2011 creative plans are.  A studio journal? A studio remake?  Maybe going in another artistic direction?   No hard and fast resolutions for me this year. I've decided to take it easy on myself in 2011.

This year I'm just going to take my time. Appreciate my time. And make the most of my time.  It's good to be back.



Sounds like a plan ... enjoy

Vicki W said...

I am going to Mid-Atlantic on Friday. When are you going to be there? I'd love to finally meet you!

Joei Rhode Island said...

Yeah! Back to the studio. It's good for the soul, ya know.

Michele Pacey said...

so glad to hear you're back in the studio as well. we all need a focus. the journal workshop sounds like it will help you find that. have a good time with it Cathie!

sukipoet said...

glad you are going to treat yourself to the road/quilt trip. hurrah. feed your creative spirit. Love the squirrel quilt. be well, Suki

Katiejane said...

Good to see that you are getting back into the swing of things a little. It takes so much time.
I think the quilt show would be a wonderful adventure. Let us know what you see.

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