Don't you find that the two holiday periods of Christmas and New Year roll into each other to make a bit of a doldrom? Life seems to sit in limbo between all the cooking and present opening and catching up with friends and family and I am now looking forward to picking up the strings again and getting back to some creativity. 2012 has ended with a yucky cough and cold so I am looking forward to something better for 2013.
So far I have decided not to have a particular word focus or any resolutions for this year. It feels enough to 'keep moving forwards' as I read on someone's blog recently. Although I do still want to amalgamate what I learned with Dionne Swift and Shelley Rhodes last year so more sketchbook work does need to become part of my routine.
In the meantime I have several projects on the go. I am still involved in the International Quilt Challenge and the latest theme is 'Reflection' and I have until later this month to complete it. It is a theme that is open to many interpretations, especially at this time of year. I've also committed myself to the Sue Ridgewell Challenge at this year's AGM of the Quilters' Guild of GB. The theme of this challenge is 'My World is Green' and the resulting piece has to be 24" square. I'm thinking that I may combine the two projects and have some ideas for 'My World is Green'.
You may remember the first quilt I made for Festival of Quilts where I used curved piecing.
The image above shows the general idea. I've also been meaning to work along the lines of Rayna Gillman and her free-form piecing so I thought this could be the project for it.
To make a start I have played about with an image of fields near Zennor in Cornwall in Photoshop, as that part of the country is a constant source of reflection to me as we dream about a possible move to the coast that will probably never happen.
Fields are obviously very much in the 'green' range. The danger is not having enough range and contrast in the choice of greens, a pitfall that is easy to fall into. I didn't fancy working in my sketchbook (what was I saying before?) so I had a play with collage with various papers on a piece of watercolour paper.
This is 12"x12" so, one quarter the size of the final piece. The next step will be to start making some blocks in blends of greens and trying to build the whole thing. When I used to paint I had to remind myself that there are many types of green, red greens, yellow greens, blue greens, grey greens, brown greens. In fact, in some cases it was better to paint colours that suggested green without actually being green. If I were Hockney my greens would even be pink! Now there's a thought!
I've said it already but I'll say it again, Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is kind to you. For myself, I would just like to stop coughing!