My goal for the Crow workshop was to get a kick start for 2010. After 3 months away from home and the studio, it was overwhelming to remember - how do I do this? Where do I start? What am I supposed to be thinking about? And of course, what makes me think I can do this - with any competency? Nancy taught us to start with a framework: 1. a motif, 2. a couple of variables set for the composition and color - and then, JUST DO IT.
Getting started is the hardest part - then the joy and struggle take over. At one point, I was frozen, feeling overwhelmed with the same thoughts I have in the studio. Nancy told the class - start putting things on the wall, NOW. Once I had some fabrics up on the wall, my anxiety abated, and I could work intuitively. A simple, but invaluable lesson. No more staring at a blank design wall and trying to think everything through. Pick a palette, have a general idea of the composition, and let it flow from there. I'm looking forward to a productive year.
My third workshop with Nancy, and another major growth experience. I'll be processing, and practicing, what I learned.