But as you might guess: I felt blocked.
So instead of trying to continue to fix broken pieces, or make something beautiful from my frustrating attempts, I just walked away. I decided to try something completely different: a softie (or stuffie, as I used to call them growing up.) This is what I ended up with:
|"Yellow" by Julie Tillman|
I used a vintage hankie, folded it in half, and drew the general outline of the rabbit. I added a thicker, more opaque lining, and added embroidered details on the face and ears. Then I cut the shape, put the fabric facing itself, and hand-sewed around the majority of the bunny, leaving a couple of inches at the bottom to stuff the bunny, which I did, after turning her right-side out. I used (a very amateur version of) a ladder stitch to then close the bottom.
This little bunny is slightly wonky, with a few mistakes, but I love her, nonetheless. I also felt SO GOOD after she was done. Not at all how I was feeling when I started her. I didn't want to quit making those paintings, but my frustrations were growing high, so I decided to redirect my creative juices elsewhere. Into something I'd never really done before, and had no (high) expectations for its outcome. I feel good about the decision, because, not only do I have this sweet little bunny, the process of making her helped me clear my head and refocus on my paintings.
What do you do when you get stuck in your art?
Thanks for reading,