Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Play and Review

The following are exercises begun in Jane Dunnewold's Creative Strength Training workshop last week that I have continued to play with.  This Eastern negative-positive space design technique was originally introduced as an expanded square exercise in the book Notan:  The Dark-Light Principle of Design by Dorr Bothwell and Marlys Mayfield.  My first two examples stay within  the rules by not cutting off corners and keeping square shape.  The last ones break the rules ... encouraging the rebel artist (Jane's description).  Very fun! Creates strong visual patterns.  Could be potential quilts in there, don't you think?  Cut some black squares to play with this cut-and-paste technique for yourself.


notan



notan




notan




notan




notan




Asked to bring a one of our completed pieces to the CST workshop, we each sat with our work, reviewing dispassionately the strengths and weaknesses.  What would be done differently next time?  I realized what was needed was more texture, and have revised the last two Sonata pieces by adding very subtle embroidery to the color blocks.  Happy with the effects.  (Hope you can see the details, difficult to photograph.)  We also had an excellent group critique session with Jane, which I found extremely valuable.  I am sure others would agree.


Sonata in Green by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Green by Linda A. Miller





Sonata in Green (detail)




Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller




Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Blue (detail)




Sonata in Blue  by Linda A. Miller
Sonata in Blue (block detail)
 

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Building Stamina



When you turn around, starting here, lift this new glimpse that you found; 
carry into evening all that you want from this day.   
This interval you spent reading or hearing this, keep it for life-
What can anyone give you greater than now, starting here, 
right in this room, when you turn around?
~ William Stafford, excerpt from “You Reading This, Be Ready”





I had the opportunity to to take Jane Dunnewold's Creative Strength Training workshop this past weekend.  Having had great respect for Jane and her work, it was wonderful to finally spend time with her.  This supportive workshop focuses on, as Jane puts it, building creative stamina and encouraging your rebel artist.  Reflection, writing and creative exercises ... Truly an inspiring day.  I am continuing to explore more of the process with her book.  Jane also offers a 10 week online course.  I recommend CST to all artists.

Very helpful advice was to approach writing as a strategy to explore creative ideas.  Letting that writing be simple, as in jotting notes down.  I agree with her that writing can support art making.  For those of you, who like me, have tried writing morning pages (as prescribed in "The Artist's Way"), but not stuck with them, this useful method may be simpler to add into one's art practice.

To learn more about Jane, there is an informative 3 part interview series on Textile Artist.  Follow the link to the first interview here.

Thank you to Jane for a wonderful day.  And to Deborah Weir for organizing this workshop for us.








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