Monday, 4 April 2011

Sample Diary – March

Wheat – basket stitch on machined background.
Tsunami – digitised text on base of layered scraps and FME, heat-distressed.
Cosmos – wool knops and fibres, embellisher.
Nuclear hazard – digitised embroidery.
Snowdonia – embellisher felting + FME.

I have to admit I’m struggling with this. Finding it hard to spot any pictures in the newspaper that inspire me, especially when there’s been so much bad news. The exercise isn’t about representing the main events of the year, but sometimes it seems wrong to ignore all the tragedy.

So I'm not really enjoying it and I'm not happy with the results - however much I tell myself they're only meant to be samples, not art. It's also harder than the bought diaries I've used before because I don't know what picture I'm working with until the end of the week (often after a rummage through the recycling bin, gg), and I can't look ahead and jot down ideas for pics I can see coming up.

Maybe I should let myself off the hook and stick to my favourite subject, only choosing nature/environment images? It’s only meant to be for a quick fix of fun and variety after all, not an ordeal. That's three whole months done though!


Carrie said...

Definitely let yourself off the hook. It's supposed to be fun, not a chore! Love the Snowdonia sample.

karen said...

it definitelty shouldn't be an ordeal. Can you not find a happy story evolving from the bad news? the woman and her grandson who were found alive after a week for example?