Ellen Lindner asked me to answer the following:
1. What am I working on?
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Yikes!! ... 3 volumes later....
but here is the short answer:
After a year of travelling - seeing amazing places - I'm mentally consolidating all I've seen...absorbing the images and seeing which ones "hold" for me.
Most of my quilts (even the abstract ones) have been based on very early photographs:
Here's a typical sequence: the photo, the drawing, the quilt.
And above is the finished quilt. A typical process for me. The boy is ghostly because of course he's long gone, the streets remain the same.....and glow with the freshness of sweet old memory.
It takes time for images to sink in: I don't really know why this should be but I think it's, in part, because the younger you are the more impressionable you are...it gets harder and harder (but of course even more important for an artist) to achieve those same fresh responses, the strong reactions, and also to lay down significant memories that stay with you for years. At age six I could lie on the warm paving stones underneath the rose bushes in the local park and just watch the petals against the sky and smell the marvelous scent of the flowers....alas, that's not really possible now!!! imagine!!
Also, the old city streets I made quilts about I walked every day for around 14 years...now that's a significant amount of time: almost 5000 days...I've not been able to spend 5000 days looking at Paris, or Western Colorado or the loess hills of SE Washington...to name just a few of the gorgeous sceneries I've been privileged to visit this year. But I do have the photographs, and the mental images and I am cogitating.......
So, if you have been - thanks for reading!! Elizabeth ........ now back to the cogitation!
PS you can read Ellen's responses to her own questions on her blog.