For me this week, it's the tried-and-true "carry" on. Push on. Push forward. Make some sort of progress, darn it!
And while you're at it? Keep CALM.
Lest you wonder what I'm on about, it's two-fold.
First, it's October, which gives a hand-worker such as I only two months or so to get all the desired and requested work done in time for Christmas giving. For me, this includes some for personal giving (largely knitted) and some for sale -- by specific commission and in the gallery(ies). (Funny, that; October seemed like plenty of time when I began to plan in August...)
Second, it's October, which means a new month in EB's Master Class. A new month = a new assignment on a new theme.
This month the theme is "Dominant Colour; Dominant Mood".
On both fronts, I've decided to go with CALM. Think: tranquility, peacefulness, serenity...and the scenes and colours that accompany that concept.
And because of Reason the First, I've decided to 'make mine mini'; that is, to create my "CALM" pieces in mini format for future exhibit and hopeful sale.
To get me in the right frame of mind (no pun intended)...I began by quilting up a wee painted sample I'd had kicking about the sewdio for a few months. I made it when I needed to finish up some fabric paint I'd had out for something else...eons ago (no, not the Maritime Trio). I don't remember exactly when; it could have been last year.
I call this one "Autumn at Cranna", as it reminds me of the view this time of year when I walk the path around Cranna Lake on the Northwest edge of Lacombe.
|Autumn at Cranna (C) 2015
|Autumn at Cranna - Detail
It was an experiment to stitch it -- and I did all that with my walking foot! No thread problems, no tension issues...for which I am truly thankful!
This got me going for the sketches I needed to do for EB.
|Working title: "A Calm Delight
This next one is based on a photo I took at the beach at Rochon Sands Provincial Park which is a 15-20 minute drive from here. First, the photo:
|The beach at Rochon Sands - Summer 2014
And now the sketch:
Yes, the sailboat is artistic license! Buffalo Lake -- the body of water in question -- is much more a motor boat lake than a sailboat lake, but still... ;-)
And a third reason I'm striving for CALM this month?
Quest Art School and Gallery in Midland, Ontario is having a competition: Fabrications: Juried Textile Exhibition. I've entered a piece; the deadline for entry is Friday (October 9); notification of acceptance (or note) will be two weeks hence (October 23). I'm trying not to hold my breath!
Time to maintain CALM with some stitching...and a good, long jog in the October sunshine.
Meanwhile, I'm waiting for EB's feedback, and linking to WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network.
Until next time...
keep calm, and create on!