My Newest Challenge – Or, Am I a Sucker for Punishment?

Another year, another challenge. I received the fabric for the 2017 Riley Blake Challenge a couple of months ago,

Riley Blake fabric

so I got busy with my design. True to the spirit of the challenge, which it’s all about improvisation, I did my best to put fabrics together with no preconceived idea of the design, and this is what came out. The circular shapes that float in front of the horizontal motif suggest bubbles of exuberance, and the dynamic diagonal line, of a striking black color, adds movement and somehow connects the circles to the rest of the composition. The mountains in the back suggest a far off landscape that may be a nod to the mountains that surround me.

My 2017 submission

Now all I have to do is WAIT. Yes, wait and see if the Powers that Be deign to accept my submission and grant me the opportunity to actually show the quilt at the next event so that I can stand the chance–albeit small–of being considered for an award.

Do I sound skeptical, even pessimistic? Perhaps. I guess this is what multiple rejections do to a person. Which is what might explain the title of this post. But at the end of the day, am I doing this for my own artistic pursuit, or for a reward? After all, isn’t it better to do things because we enjoy the process, instead of for the recognition that takes the form of a somewhat arbitrary reward? I think so.

So stay tuned. All will be revealed soon enough.

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