I was on a “Blogcation”- a week off from my weekly post!
During that time I got a new and improved website.The new website is sound investment and demonstration of my commitment to working as a full time creative person.
The site was redesigned by a company called ARTBIZ. As an artist, I wanted an artist (turned web goddess) to help me to take the Metaphysical Quilter to the next level as a blog and as a digital gallery. The recommendation came from Marie Snell and I love the result.
There were some errors on my part. I left my large TIFF image files on discs back in Mesquite. So I still have to send my web designer a better image to improve my banner. I also need to use these large files to upload better quality web images for my galleries.
Why a new website?
“Invest in the future because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life.”
― Habeeb Akande
Another part of being a full time creative person is taking my creativity on the road.
My plan was use part of my travel time to research potential shows and venues for my art; get some online learning done, watch some U-tube and play a few instructional DVD’s.
This plan failed. I was out of the country in a remote area.The web service on phone was nil. I couldn’t even get the time right on my phone unless I updated it manually. The villa I stayed at did not have a DVD player and any internet connection was spotty at best.
Plan B: The sketchbook. I always travel with a sketchbook, a small bag of drawing tools and a set of markers.
Since I had some down time, I focused on a project in my sketchbook making potential designs for fabric.
I was inspired by my Pinterest Board called “fibers”. It’s a place I collect ideas and have a list of sources that help me as an art quilter. Fabric is based on the design concept of patterns and visual rhythms.Creating a pattern is essentially a repeat of colors, shapes, lines, values or textures.
In my sketchbook I created 12 pages that are filled with patterns. I start drawing by repeating colors, lines and shapes. In the end the page is filled. After several pages are done, I step back to do some evaluation.
When I got home I started by taking photo’s of the pages. In photo editing software (photoshop or free programs like PIXLR) I cropped and edited the images changing change their colors, contrast and intensity. When I finished editing I use the program’s collage option to create a pattern.
The example above is not one I really like and that’s OK.
(Remember my post :Embrace the Mistake)
I have many more pages to look at. When I am done, hopefully I will find a pattern worth spending additional time developing. Here are some more samples I created while on the road. I think it was time well spent.
Next week I will be on the road to DC and NYC!
Until Next Time….