I am pleased with Refuge Radiant. It was a really enjoyable and enlightening process to go from small to large. I'll enter it in some other shows, I suppose. I really enjoy going to the Houston show, and I'm just not sure it's going to happen this year. Especially, since I won't have any art on display.
It was based on this piece that I created as part of my Lent series. See the resemblance?
By the way, the smaller version is currently in the VAST 125 Mile show. We had a blast at the opening last week. Here is the piece hanging... and Benjamin peeking.
You can enter two pieces in the Houston show, so I also entered The Fourth Day from the 12x12 Art Quilt Collaborative. I still love this piece. It was thrilling to have it published in Quilting Arts for my Illuminated Art Quilts article.
I also received a rejection for the Texas Federation of Fiber Artists show which will also be in Houston. I had planned to enter another largish piece based on one of my Lent pieces, but I just couldn't finish it in time. Then, I thought I wouldn't enter anything. I just didn't feel I had any fresh work that seemed significant, particularly in size. (I couldn't enter Refuge Radiant because the deadlines conflicted.)
My art friends insisted I enter some of my Lent pieces... even though they are small, they represent a development of style and a simplicity of form. One of my friends even suggested I enter all forty small pieces as one entry. Maybe I should have. That could make an impact.
And also Radiant, the smaller piece from above.
So, what does this all mean? Well, everyone gets rejections. I'll be moving on...
But, I am wishing I had spent my time differently. I really want to put my Lent pieces together into a self-published book with meditations and thoughts on creating art. That project was put aside to work on entering these shows. Also, I much prefer to make small art. So why did I work so hard on Refuge Radiant? And why is the other large piece folded up in the closet unfinished?
So, I must get to work on the 12x12 passion quilt. And then I need to continue to further clarify what success means to me and put my energy there. (Duh.)