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Quilldancer Tries “Art”

I can write.  I can sew.  I have talents I am proud of.  Drawing isn’t one of them.

This I am proud of:

wall decor

I made this piece of fabric art. It is 33″ square. The base is 1/8th” particle board. I padded and upholstered the board, and used a curtain tie back to adorn it. I designed the piece to “pull-together” various elements of my living room decor. It hangs above our fireplace.

Those that know me know my first and most favorite art is that of word weaving.  Drawing has never been one of my talents and likely never will be.  I knew that going in, but I still signed up for an art class.  Below you will find my first composition.  Believe me, I have seen better work from 5th grade students.  If you know me, when you see what it is I’ve depicted, you’ll understand my “self-portrait”:


Even in drawing, I cling to the comfort of words — the art I know and understand.


Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


    1. Nessa — I hope to improve. Whether or not I master those pastels and chalks, I will improve my own talents just for having — as you said — stepped (leaped in this case) out of my comfort zone.

    1. Barbara — my composition is of WORDS — the art I find most comfortable. I think that “comfortable” is the secret. As a kid there were always material scraps to be had and I made things from cloth all the time. And words — talking, reading, and writing — are important to my entire family. I never actually saw anyone draw so I never gave it any thought until my first art class — in school in 6th grade. That teacher didn’t teach, she yelled. I don’t know how anyone came out of that class liking drawing!

  1. Love your fabric art! And your word art! I always said I wasn’t creative and people would look at me like I had lost my last marble. Okay … I’m not artistic or crafty. And yet I know what I like. I have firm opinions about the proportional use of white space. I love patterns. Maybe I do have some artistic bones. They just didn’t make it all the way to my fingers!

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