A few weeks ago, I started this blog, as I have started a blog several times in the past without success. I just haven't been able to stick with it and post regularly. Unfortunately, it's been soooo long since I last had one, I totally forgot basic blogging 101. I'm fiddling around with it trying to figure it all out again. So, I am re-posting my first post from May 24, 2014 just in case I lose it.
May 24, 2014
Doin' the Blog Thing
It's Memorial Day weekend of 2014 and I think it's time I started a blog. Lately, I've had so much news to share about my work and this seems the best way to share it. I'd like to use this page as a way of documenting my creative process as well as sharing with anyone interested in that process, my thoughts as I work and news of where my work can be seen. Comments, questions, feedback and pats on the back are always welcome!
2014 was off to rocky start. Debilitating back pain, a stay in the hospital and an introduction to pain meds I don't want to repeat put the kibosh on anything creative. Not to mention the winter that wouldn't end. But Spring is here at last and I'm not letting three herniated disks stop me. My first job was to relocate my studio into a larger and sunnier room in the house where I can move around without tripping over the dog and he's a BIG dog.
My first completed piece of artwork is a small piece I do every year for the benefit auction for SAQA or Studio Art Quilts Associates. It's a terrific organization that promotes and exhibits the work of artists like me who create artwork with textiles in the construct of a quilt. It is this organization that has given me the opportunity to exhibit my work nationally and internationally. So, with gratitude, I donate Blue Lagoon. Last year I donated Tequila Sunrise. You'll notice I have a little Happy Hour theme going here. So, if you have a favorite cocktail you'd like to see transformed into art, give me a shout.
~ Elena Stokes
At the same time, I decided to change the name of my facebook page from Focus on Fiber Art, the name of a gallery I used to own, to simply Elena Stokes . Artist. You're welcome to follow me there as well.