Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Patience and Creating Trees From Fabric

Yesterday was spent working on trees for my latest piece. Ah, the art of patience. Creating a grouping of trees with sunlight bouncing off of the many limbs requires many small pieces of fabric carefully fused together. Tweezers turned out to be a great help! Fortunately, I really like the way my art work is turning out so I am persisting.

As I cut and fused, I had plenty of time to reflect on truths reinforced by working on this project.
  • When something feels overwhelming, chunk it! Deciphering how to create the mass of trees was too much. Analyzing one small section at a time provided a path.
  • The importance of breathing and stretching. Long hours of detail work need to be broken up or the body quickly begins to object.
  • Perseverance has its rewards. Stepping back and looking at my progress provided a great incentive to continue.
  • Patience is a virtue! I firmly believe we increase our ability to be patient by training - creating opportunities to practice the skill. This is certainly one!


  1. It's going to be wonderful, Judy; there will be reward for your virtue! :-) I am often inspired by painters when it comes to might check out the site of my former watercolour teacher, Sharon Lynn Williams. Her plein air work may be helpful re: light and shade on trees...: Enjoy!

  2. Thank you, Margaret. I just went and checked out her work - very inspirational!