I discovered, way back here, that I'm not much into figurines, or portraits for that matter. Hardly any photos around the house, even of the girls. But I love quilts, and I love to learn new things to do with fabric and quilting. I really try to be choosey on what classes that I take, not wanting to create a new UFO and the pressure that comes with it, I'd rather expand on something that I already know and love. Then along came Lola. Wow! She is a burst of creative inspiration, talent, humor, passion, heart, and a whole lotta push! She's totally into portraits, I was into soaking up some of her energy and artistic eye. I took a workshop with her in June and was satisfied with leaving the class with this portrait, (no, not a self portrait)
and my name on a list to take another class with her building on what we had learned. By time the second class rolled around two months later, I was dragging my feet and bemoaning how "I don't DO portraits", "I don't DO fusible" but I was committed to attendance. I waited until the last minute to gather supplies, it was an all around bad attitude that I had, and prayer snapped me out of it. I guess that God had other plans for me, because I sure can't explain how what I created in the workshop this past weekend came to be. I am pretty stinkin' pleased with this portrait of my great grandfather though.
I learned a lot from Lola, she's a great teacher and an artist that really inspires. Now my mind is beginning to whirl with all of the lovely little, old faces that I deliver Meals on Wheels to. Wondering how they would feel if I asked to take their photo, even a photo of their hands would be an interesting piece. So many ideas and faces to do. But wait, I really like flowers and landscapes, too! Lucky for me, Lola is working on developing a class on this subject as well, and has a book slated for publication in 2012-2013! I'm thinking that I may keep leaning on God's direction, I like where this is going.