My daughter, when once asked if she would date an old boyfriend said…life is too short to go backwards! This is really kind of how I feel with my art. Once I finish something I hate to go back and rework it; although I have been known to paint over something about which I was not wild. That said, today I have been taking care of business in the studio, adding straps to bags, doing postcards for the gallery etc…you know the small stuff that pays the rent. And I found old news which I had laminated to organza, then put in a drawer while zealously cleaning the studio.
After I finished piece #2 in the collaborative series I found in a box a newspaper clipping from the 1920’s announcing my grandparents’ marriage. My grandmother saved all sorts of clippings including those about 2nd and 3rd cousins who led notorious lives in other countries; plus her own penned for the regional newspaper society columnist about the social events she and my grandfather partook in. It definitely was another era.
Today I pulled out the finished piece and stitched the announcement onto the work. It definitely adds credibility!
Meanwhile I have finished the hand-stitched piece I started at Tahoe and need to photograph it. I am uncertain where to place it in the series as it contains some of my contemporary work as well heirloom work. And another is pinned & ready to machine-stitch.
Twenty five pieces in three years you say? And this is December of year one you say? And I didn’t start till June you say? And I am close to completion on the 5th piece you say? I got this!
I am enjoying your insight on our family history. You are putting things into a different light than I am used to. Keep up the good work.