The two girls in front on the left were the vice presidents ( Ellen and Amy) great girls and the lady on the left came a long was as she belongs to another guild.
The artwork there is quite wonderful. My two favorite exibits were impressionism and Outsider Art. Both were exceptional. The impressionism had great colors and people and Ellen and I saw some paintings that were simple people and houses and things with bright colors and they were exquisite! Then we went to see the outsider art and though many people would think it rather crude or simple, it was wonderful in so many ways. I would so love to go to the Shelborne Museum someday...it is on my bucket list! We'll see.
I am often surprised when people tell me they do not visit museums and art shows in their own communities. I think this is because they did not get into the habit or learn to do this when they were small or in fact in adult hood. If you are not going and treating your inner artist to treats of beauty and composition and impact, then you are missing out.
I often talk about setting a date with our inner artist to explore and learn and
LOOK. How can you feed your artist with ideas and creativity if you don't discover what creativity is out there? When you take art classes in college the teachers often give you places to go to see things you have not seen before and then you write about what you saw.
Ellen and I went and saw Gatsby and one of the reasons we went to see it was for the art experience. There is so much great color and textures and ideas in that movie and as Ellen pointed out, there was a ton of symbolism that if you don't SEE it, you miss half the impact. The Movie Frida is like that too and I highly recommend you see it as it is so visually appealing and your artist can use a lot of what is in that movie and in fact it is MADE for our inner artists and if you see the movie you will see what I mean.
Reading new books, looking at a flea market , opening your eyes to new flowers and leaves etc, you notice (or should) that in fact things are actually shaped or look different in my minds than they really are.
I hope that this week you open your eyes and your mind and feed your inner artist with good stuff. This is what we talk about in our five day story quilt classes. Feeding our artists brings out ideas and we get to take out memories and make them into great quilts! It is so much fun!
While I get a chance I want to share a quilt that Tina my buddy is making about her son's at the beach when they were teens. She has great memories of Stone Harbor and is making the beach and the boys and landmarks and a big beach signs with all of their favorite places. I can tell you, this quilt will be one of the kids and her husband's favorites because it is telling of a time that is gone and remembered.
What are you remembering about your good times? Leave a lasting legacy and make a story quilt.
Don't feel creative? Buy Out of the Box and learn how and how to be a better artist....all concepts are art concepts that many quilters never learn.
If you order the book from me, you get a free pattern and a fat quarter and a Mary Lounie pin.
On another topic, if you shop at Costco they have something called "Chicago Popcorn"- it is cheesecorn and caramel corn in the same bag and it is delicious...not diet food but something that is a great treat! Just wanted to share this with my friends.
I am on my way to North Carolina John C. Campbell Folk Art school for a story quilt class this week. Then when I get back, we have my five day retreat in Idaho and Farm Chicks and Artfest. Great fun and you can bet we will be feeding our artist and with Tina's cooking, our tummies too
And I added this a day later as I got it from a friend and it made me laugh...sad but funny too!