Year Long Study

Beginning the study, working outside

Beginning the study, working outside

I have decided to dedicate the year leading up to my 60th birthday to studio work. Each day a sketch and five inch square design will be worked up in techniques I want to explore.  The series began ahead of time on October 18th with a plein air landscape outside of the studio.

This does not mean I won’t  teach and travel, but right now there is a long stretch of time off the road and a routine was necessary.  The short term goal is a sketch for each day.  Several larger works have evolved from these exercises already.  It has been a productive and meditative time.

Lori LaBerge’s Plein Air Hooking Artists concept helped formulate the process.  Although I am religiously sketching my subject into a journal, and working from the image for color and values, most of the subjects are also photographed as documentation.  I am also documenting changes made anticipating compiling a text to accompany an exhibit.

So far skills from a wire jewelry workshop have been incorporated into several pieces; acrylic paints; quilting; embroidery; and coiling have augmented traditional rug hooking.Monthly there will be a progress report showing the seasonal palette; design evolution; and techniques explored.  Below is a gallery of some early subjects and works.

6 thoughts on “Year Long Study

  1. vermontvioletjane

    How Inspiring! You and I are the same age. A decade ago for my 50th year I treated myself to a rug-hooking workshop in Virginia and re-united with a childhood friend who lived in the area. Now I’m inspired to do something equally – or more! – challenging for the 60th birthday. I like the idea of a daily task dedicated to creative work.
    Your gallery is beautiful, and as inspiring as your words.


    1. Susan Feller Post author

      Welcome to a great year! I heard there is a Korean belief that you are “born” at 60. Wanted to get my baggage organized and ready. It felt time to encourage me as an artist, I have seen many others grow from the encouragement. Celebrate your creative spirit.


  2. Jan Lord-Giraldi

    I find this intriguing…sure to keep you focused. In all of us we have a kindred spirit of creativity….yours will shine.

    jan lord-giraldi cdn


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