Friday, January 17, 2014

A Good Start to January

Half-way through the first month of 2014, I am beginning to feel a certain comfort level with my life. I know, that only means that upheaval is likely!

I accepted the responsibility of Co-ordinator for the SAQA Vision Project at the end of last year. It has taken a bit of time to get familiar with the duties but I am now feeling somewhat capable. Here is a description of the project from the SAQA Member area:
The Visioning Project revolves around visualizing goals and dreams - and making them happen. By making a public commitment, the artist is inspired to achieve a specific goal. Some goals are very specific, such as gaining a private commission, getting gallery representation, or selling a work.  Other goals are more developmental: building a cohesive body of work or producing work regularly. The Visioning Project members are wonderful in helping each other with support, networking, and resource information.
If you are member of SAQA, you may want to consider joining. The first month of the year is a great time to set out goals for yourself.


I have been busy with my own work this month as well. Here is a glimpse of Moutains and Rivers as it hangs on my design wall.

The basic mountain forms are cut and a bit of the glacial flow is started. Next up will be snow on the mountains and putting in the ice flow. Mountains and Rivers is only a working title. Technically there is not even a river but a flow of glacial ice down the mountain valley. :)

I am particularly pleased with how the gradations of the mountain colors turned out. You have no idea how difficult it was to select the right pieces. I had ordered two sets of 'black' gradations. Neither turned out to be really black but, in the end, that was okay. One set had a definite maroon hue to it but that allowed me to juxtapose the maroon gradations with the grey/blue ones and create more movement.

I will be on the road quite a bit over the next few weeks so this piece will be sitting for a bit before I add snow and ice flow. That is actually a 'good' as I have some ideas percolating on those phases and they need time to brew!

I have linked this post to Off the Wall Friday so check out what other artists have been up to this week.


  1. Your piece blew me away......I love 'picture' quilts but have zero ability to create them when I see one I like....I have 'quilt envy'! Thanks for sharing and the info about SAQA....I'm keep toying with joining....

  2. I really like the contrast! The river just glows in relation to the dark mountains, your gradation is great, can't wait to see it finished.

  3. Exact the right colors for the mountains. Love it.

  4. You have done a wonderful job capturing the sense of perspective - both with the lines and the colours. I love it!

  5. What a fantastic start! I love this piece! Your gradation is great as is your perspective. I can't wait to see it finished.

  6. Congratulations on taking on the new SAQA duties. I love the striking imagery you have created with the new piece. Can't wait to see more!