Longleaf pineconeI love fall, the cool crisp air, the color change, and the distinct smells and sounds. However, somewhere along the way, I lost October. I can’t believe that in 3-days it will be November. What happened?

I’m sure part of my loss of time is that the temperatures still feel like summer. Yesterday and today, the temps are in the low 80s. The weather forecasters tell us that this is going to abruptly change this weekend. I’m looking forward to that.

The other reason I feel behind is that I’ve been too busy to notice. I haven’t really been looking at what’s happening outside. This morning when I walked the dogs, I was a bit surprised at the autumnal color scheme in my neighborhood.

Since we hung the show ARTQUILTSconnections last week, my workload has lightened up. This week I’m able to address issues that were easier to ignore than tackle. It feels good to see progress.

One thing that was on hold was producing new work. I cannot forget about my commitment to complete at least 20 new pieces by November 2016. It seems a long way away, but as I’ve noticed this month, time can pass quickly. I must continue to stay diligent.

Creating new pieces requires thought and action. I’ve had a lot of thought and now that I have some extra time, I can focus on action. Today, I took action and finally photographed the longleaf pinecone that has been sitting in my garage all summer. This morning the weather and sunlight were perfect for taking pictures.

Frequently, I use photographs to develop the design for a new art quilt. That’s what I plan to do with this pinecone. I will use the photos to make a pencil drawing. I’ll, then, scan the pencil drawing into my computer and use it to make a vector (digital) line drawing. The vector drawing is much easier for me to manipulate than the paper and pencil version. I can easily re-size it and alter its looks, yet still maintain the original version for future projects. All those years doing web design work pays off with this task. I’m grateful that I’m a bit of a computer geek.

I’m looking forward to working on this pinecone piece, but I also have another one that needs some action. I’ll refer to this one as the “stump” quilt. It too needs a vector line drawing pattern, but I don’t have a photo to start with. The stump quilt will rely totally on my own drawing skills to create.

I would love it if both of these quilts were completed by early January. We’ll see how that goes. Deadlines.

One comment

  1. Donna Hefton says:

    Hi Nanette!
    I have been thinking of you lately. We’ve drifted apart and I am happy to have discovered your blog -wonderful! Please get in touch, I would love to hear from you again.
    So glad to see that you are pursuing your passion.

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