I'm home for a day and a half between weeks with Nancy Crow. As expected it was a week of hard work, frustration, and excitement. Nancy pulls no punches and gave me a hard time about not working more since last year. That was painful, as I felt like I had really focused on "working" but apparently it didn't show either in my abilities this year, or the pieces I brought to show.
After a couple hours of self-pity I convinced myself that if I wanted sweetness and ego-stroking I was in the wrong place. Then I convinced myself to buckle down and produce the best final piece I could. She deemed it a "knockout," which was redemption enough for now. It's a term that she uses somewhat freely, so although I was glad to hear it, I realize I have a lot of work to do. It's hard for me to get out of the fussy fiddle-y strip piece box.
Here's a piece of one assignment - to make something as "busy" as possible! Maybe I'll get it sewn together tonight.
I am resolved to put everything I have into FINISHING more assignments this coming week.
I don't have too many pictures to post at this point. I'd like to show the "knockout" piece, but I didn't photograph it yet. In fact, I never really saw it very clearly myself. In the small room I could not get more than about 5-6 feet away from it, and when it was on the wall for critique I was standing in front of it! I hear it was good, though. :) This is the B&W composition which was interpreted in B/W Grays first, then in full color.
I checked my e-mails while in line to come home on the ferry Friday night, and found that my submission to the SAQA show was not juried in. I was not surprised. But still disappointed a little bit.