SAQA put out a call for art for the next traveling trunk show, with no jury or acceptance process. The only requirement was the piece must measure 10″h x 7″w, no more, no less. I thought it would be fun and quick to work on a small piece, one that would travel with the show for up to three years (what a great opportunity to get my work out there!). While I was correct about the fun part, I was incorrect about the quick part. Turns out, when one is working small, more detail (i.e. quilting) is needed to really make the piece pop, or at least that’s how it worked out for me.
When I was pondering design ideas, through both brainstorming and doodling, I kept coming back to a doodle I’ve been doodling since I was in about 2nd grade. I’ve always called it my sunshine doodle. The only thing different between the very first sunshine doodle and a more current version is the current version doesn’t include eyes and a smile on the sunshine. Seriously, people, I’ve been drawing this thing for over 40 years. You’d think I would have come up with a new idea in that time, but apparently not.
So there really was no contest when deciding on my trunk show art piece. After all these years, it was time for the doodle to become art.
Sunshine Doodle (link to poem)
Next up: Back to my cross series with Crisscross (Hot Cross Five).