How a design class for quilters taught me an important lesson regarding advice-giving.
After a month of drawing orchids, I've decided it's time to focus on painting with watercolors. As soon as I had the idea, my inner perfectionist started making a list, convinced that I must study hard and learn everything there is to know about watercolors in order to do it right. Fortunately, I came across... Continue Reading →
Back in 1999, I took a quilting class with Ruth B. McDowell to learn how to design pictorial pieced quilts. At the time, I was struggling to find a way to make representational quilts without using applique. While I learned what I hoped to in her class, making the quilt I designed taught me some... Continue Reading →
I want to get better at drawing. I can see scenes from the stories I write clearly and would love to illustrate them myself, but it takes a lot of skill and experience to draw from the imagination. The only way to get better at something is to do it regularly, to practice. Inspired by... Continue Reading →
I recently came across an interesting diagram that shows various statistics about thirty famous books, including how long it took to write them. Of the thirty books included, the one that took the longest was The Lord of the Rings*. Why did it take J.R.R. Tolkien twelve years** to complete his masterpiece? Some say perfectionism... Continue Reading →