Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, lies the small, charmingly elegant town of Estes Park, Colorado. At night, the picturesque atmosphere conveys a magical feeling with its cool, crisp air, clear sky filled with an abundance of stars, trees heavily laden with freshly fallen snow and lights twinkling all about. Marked by beauty and an eerie silence, it imparts a deliciously peaceful and breathtaking moment, a point when time stands still. Having lived in northern Colorado, I have spent alot of time in Estes Park, Colorado, visiting family. Walking in a Winter Wonderland was inspired from a photograph taken on a cold winter night. When I first began painting several years

ago, I started this piece. It was rather large at about 45"X60." At the time, I was just beginning to transition from traditional quilting to art quilts. I really had no idea what I was doing but I was determined to jump in and experiment, nonetheless. Somewhere along the road, I gave up on this piece and it got stored away as a UFO (unfinished object). Fast forward to February of this year, I was under the gun with several deadlines. I pulled out this UFO and finished painting the snow and quilted it. In retrospect, the snow looks very different from what I might have done years ago. I can definitely see the change and maturation in my work. When I study it, there are so many things I would do differently today. Still, it is a lesson in learning priorities and maturing both personally and professionally. I am thrilled that this piece has been accepted into Tactile Architecture for IQF 2013. It has been a fun ride and I am most grateful for athe opportunities.