Who do you owe?


Sure, becoming an artist is a long rough path with lots of hard knocks. We all know that. But who do you owe — for tiny little favors or inspirations along the way? Although we often hear about mentors and role models, sometimes it’s the smallest of things that give us light and illuminate our path. And it’s good to remember and be thankful for those.

This photo was taken in Febuary 2004, back before I cleaned out and took all the old junk to the salvation army (aren’t digital photos great — I can always reference a date using the file info). A friend from college has a daughter who is an artist, and she asked for help to recreate the daughter’s drawings for a bedroom mural.  After scanning, resizing, and combining her small drawings into a scale drawing that would fit the wall space in a bedroom alcove, I had learned the rudiments of what was to become my pattern-making process for making wall quilts.

Not only that, I was exposed to a wonderful imaginative world of cats who went to garage sales and sushi bars, cats who competed in the Olympics, picture stories of mermaids and other characters acted out by the author/artist.

I can’t tell you how all this entered into my artistic psyche. But that it did.

11 thoughts on “Who do you owe?”

  1. Sue Benner for the fusable idea that made my art cloth turn into art quilts and become something really me. Jane Dunnewold for the aforementioned art cloth/complex cloth inspiration and instruction, not to mention deep-intentioned support. Barbara Lee Smith for being present and not laughing when I first said I wanted to be a “fulltime” artist. AND SO many more. Every participant and student in a workshop, all my colleagues from Learning about Learning, and other past lives.

  2. That is such a great pic, and your topic is overlooked by most of us. We just take it as another rung on the ladder, don’t we? I wouldn’t even really know where to begin, except perhaps with thanks to my dear friend Diane who pointed me in the right direction and kept encouraging me!
    Can I pick your brain sometime about your technique of enlarging a drawing and working with it?


  3. Gosh! So many people, but two come to the front. Artist Robert Ebendorf for teaching me to slow down and finish my work with the care it deserved. Not just git’r done, but get it done right. And my best friend, Debra Tomson Williams, for seeing the world in an entirely different way and sharing her ideas with me – printing on vintage book pages, photographing dead birds in still life style, the importance of a good chocolate chip cookie in the art making process.

  4. Thanks Kathy, you’re such an original. I enjoyed visiting your blog again! I had a class with Laura, and it was also instrumental to me and my process.

  5. Hi Martha,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. Congratulations again on your visual arts fellowship award!

  6. Pam,

    What a great post. Love the photo and the art. Can really see the inspiration of your art in it.

    Will share with my blog mates for a similar idea of posting.

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