Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bitten the Bullet

For a long time now I have been thinking about and regretting my lack of formal art training. I can't really draw (hence the geometric nature of my work), I envy those who can pick up a pencil or paintbrush and just enjoy the process. I want to develop my skills and my art but needed a focus and direction.

I can't study formally as I am away so much so keep coming back to the City & Guilds Courses. I have lusted after the sketchbooks of Linda and Laura Kemshall and keep reading blogs mentioning work done as part of the course.

So after much hesitation from me and encouragement from Peter (and the accountant who tells me it is ok) I have signed up to do City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Level 3.

Just reading through all the first module (of 10) has already ignited a flame which has been dwindling recently. A trip to the art supply store to get the one or two items which I didn't already have was thrilling.

So let the journey begin!!!

I would love to hear any of your thoughts if you have embarked on this journey too.

Thanks for all your comments and encouragement. In answer to your question - yes I will blog my progress but not in excruciating detail as I don't want you to be bored.

12 comments:

zquilts said...

Bravo ! I am SO SO happy for you ! You go girl ! I can't wait to hear all about each lesson!

Ruth said...

I would love to be able to take a C&G course. I look forward to following your progress. Have fun!

Mary Ann Littlejohn said...

Lisa, I'm looking seriously at C&G course also. I think what I'm most afraid of is finding out I don't have the self discipline to work through it. I'll never know until I try though, will I?

Judy said...

Lisa,

Good for you, I am sure you will really enjoy it and l;earn so much as well.

Brenda said...

As a beginner quiltmaker with no formal art training, I revelled in the C&G course that I undertook with Linda and Laura Kemshall. I respond well to structured learning and the comprehensive syllabus meant that I explored many techniques and styles that I might never have contemplated otherwise. I've often wondered how the course would suit more experienced quiltmakers looking to stretch their creative muscles and look forward to your reports on Level 3!

carrie said...

Wow, I am envious. I was hoping to take a course a couple of years ago but so far have not had the time to spare that such a course deserves. It's still on my list, though, and there is a yahoo group for c&g people (embroidery and p&q etc)which is useful for brainstorming, hints etc. Can send you the link if you would like - there arent loads of emails. are you going to blog your progress?

Lynne said...

I can't wait to follow your progress - something I too would love to do, but now isn't the right time for me.

Anonymous said...

oooh -yes i WISH i could do this-where is that genie with the 3 wishes when you need him!! Yes we would love you to blog the excruciating detail too,as often they are the best bits! camcas

Angelika Westermann said...

Congrats! I am looking forward to reading of your progress. I started a C&G course two years ago and never made it over the first module... Life just took too much of my time. The classes are really work intensive, and somehow I didn't have enough stamina to keep up with it.
Angelika

RHONDA said...

What a great decision, Lisa! You've been talking about doing something like this for so long, that I'm really pleased for you that you've started. I'm looking forward to seeing the direction your art takes as you are challenged and excited by the stimulation of the course! I doubt very much that I'll be bored if you allow us to come along for parts of the ride.

Helen Conway said...

I am just coming to the end of my Certificate course. I did it by attendance at School of Stitched Textiles and wish I had done it with the Kemshalls! I have struggled with tuition which has not been up to my expected standards but by dint of going off and adding the missing bits from elsewhere have learned a ton. You will enjoy it if you want to learn and develop.

margaret said...

Like you, I've felt that lack of formal training, and believe that it's never too late - so I'll be starting a two-year art foundation course in January, and am really looking forward to it. It covers painting, sculpture, animation, ceramics, all very scary - and fortunately it also includes textiles.