Monday, April 2, 2012

Time to Get Blogging

                          At the Ontario Juried Show with my award winning art quilt, "Masks"


                                                       "Masks"   Best Individual Small Quilt

I have continued to ignore my blog. Today I read a fellow artist, Elaine Quehl's blog and  I was motivated to write. Today I read and subscribed to Elaine Quehl's blog. What a busy artist she is; teaching, presenting, showing her work in a variety of shows and selling her hand-dyed fabrics! It makes my head spin. I first met Elaine when we both won awards at the Ontario Juried Show several years ago. We have both taken different roads with our art that's for sure. She is a highly successful and internationally recognized teacher. I am much more regionally recognized artist. I take a lot of pleasure in teaching to a few select groups and writing articles about my art for publication. I do alot of volunteer work for my guilds and art groups. I take time to learn new skills and mix my media up. Friends are the biggest reason I have not taken a high road. I make time to do art with them and share what I have learned. Besides, I am getting older and energy is at a premium. Retirement gives you lots of time but I use some of that time for napping! 
Until next time!


jass said...

This is awesome blog.

Voluntary work

Maggi said...

Glad to have you back Donna. I like the way in which your winning quilt reflects the style of some of your embroidery pieces. Thank you for the link to Elaine's blog, I find her work very interesting.
I think you have become equally successful in your chosen path, perhaps even more so as you are finding the balance to really enjoy your life. I know what you mean about the napping!

Leah Hughes said...

Congrats Donna...can't wait to see it up close. Please bring it to the next meeting.

Anonymous said...

WOW Donna. I LOVE this quilt! What a fantastic idea, the merging og the faces. Hmm, may have to try that in the art journal with paint or collage! So glad that we reconnected and I am looking forward to seeing the next issue of Pages! Congratulations!

Elaine Quehl said...

Hi Donna,
I happened across your blog today. Thanks for mentioning me. You mention in your blog that you are "retired". That is the big difference!!! I quit my day job at the age of 46 to do this full-time, so I have to be successful and be able to make a living or I will quite simply have to go find a soul-destroying day job since I'm only 50 years old and have another 10-17 years ahead of me before I can draw a pension. If I had retired from a successful career like you have, I would not be allowing myself to be as busy as I am. But for now, this is infinitely better and way more rewarding than any day job I've had! You have a lot more balance in your life and a lot more time to explore your creativity and spend time with friends, and I envy you that!
All the best!