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While I was away….

full-time-creative-person

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.

New Logo

New Logo

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.

Miniature travelling car with luggage on top

 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.

Wifi - not availible

Wifi – not availible

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. sketchbook markers 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.

portion of sketchbook page taken with my phone camera

portion of sketchbook page taken with my phone camera

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.

cropped images

cropped images

repetition of image using a photo collage grid.

repetition of image using a photo collage grid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Repeat of VW micro bus

Repeat of VW micro bus

repetition of mice shapes

repetition of mice shapes

curves

curves lines

eggs and textures

eggs and textures

 

 

 





Next week I will be on the road to DC and NYC!

Until Next Time….

Margaret