Studio Update: October 2019

In my last studio update (August 2019), I mentioned it typically takes me at least two months to complete a textured fiber painting.  I finished my most recent painting, (Feeling) Hopeful, in late September, so the two month thing is on track.

The reason it takes me about two months per piece is because my goal has been to spend at least 3 hours in my studio each week.  This goal goes back to when I was working corporate and was not self-employed.

In the 6 months I’ve been working for myself, I’ve learned a few things.  While building a business takes work, it also allows for way more flexibility in schedule.  This means I can increase my studio time if I choose.

I did choose and am now shooting for 6 hours in the studio every week.  I schedule one hour of studio time per day on my agenda, after I’ve completed my coach work.  I usually leave Friday open, no studio time, which gives me float and an extra day if I’ve fallen behind with my commitment to my art earlier in the week.

I’ve only been doing this for a couple weeks, but I’m already seeing the creative practice speed up.

I don’t know what this will ultimately mean for a production schedule, other than it’s certain I’ll finish a piece in less than 2 months.  The ultimate aim is to produce one new textured fiber painting per month.

My current work in progress, (Feeling) Perplexed, is almost complete.  In fact, since October has five weeks, it will be finished by Halloween/Samhain.  I started it the last week in September, so it looks like I’ll hit that one month goal!  Full reveal will happen in November, combined with that month’s studio update.

For now, I hope you enjoy Perplexed’s progress photos.

What goal do you have that could be adjusted to create a bigger impact for you?

(Feeling) Perplexed – the template
Color layout in the design phase
The stitching begins…
And the stitching progresses…this phase takes the most time, however, is also the most satisfying.

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Performance Mindset Coach, helping stressed out, frantic, frazzled professionals slow down and reconnect to their intuition so they can get their shit together.  I’ve walked the road my clients are on.  My method to slow down was through development of a creative practice, which helped me regain my voice and led me to want to serve others in the same way.  If you’re interested in developing (or expanding on) a creative practice as a means to reconnect to your intuition, lose your stress, and improve your professional performance, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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Thanks for visiting my studio!

(Feeling) Hopeful

Hope is a valuable commodity, in my opinion.  Without it, we often can’t or don’t make our dreams come true.

Action is necessary; dreams don’t come true through hope alone.  However, without hope, we are much more likely to give up when the work is hard.

How do you keep hope alive when you’re working towards your vision?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Hopeful (link to poem)

Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
Detail View:
Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
Detail View:
Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500
Detail View:
Hopeful ~ September 2019 ~ 36″ x 23″ ~ $2500

Next up: Work continues on my Feelings series.  As I do, I’ll create my next textured fiber painting based on one of the painful feelings.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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Studio Update: August 2019

Last month, I posted photos of my most recent textured fiber painting, (Feeling) Crushed.  Please follow the link to see it.

This month’s post is a studio update as it typically takes me at least two months to complete a fiber painting.  I’m currently working on (Feeling) Hopeful, an explosion of bright color.  I hope you enjoy the progress photos.

The pattern for Hopeful’s canvas
The canvas
Choosing colors for Hopeful’s design
And the zen stitching begins

I’ve also added a bit of embroidery work to my portfolio.  I’m extremely new to this type of art (I only know one embroidery stitch!); however, I’m enjoying the zen of hand stitching much like I enjoy the zen of machine stitching my textured fiber paintings.  I call this an embroidered drawing, as the design came from one of my sketches (and the tattoo I have on my right wrist).  What I like about transferring my sketches onto muslin via embroidery is it allows me to continue creating while relaxing on the couch in the evening with my guy.  We can pull up something on TV to watch.  He reads a little, I stitch a little, and we unwind from the day.  A perfect slow down practice.

Peace – An Embroidered Drawing
The sketch inspired the tattoo before it inspired the embroidered drawing

Future embroidered drawings will be created on much smaller hoops.  I plan to add more detail and way more stitching.

Next month, I’ll share the completed (Feeling) Hopeful.  As always, If I miss my goal to complete the painting, I’ll share another Studio Update.

Have you added anything new to your creative practice?  If yes, what?

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My art and my work go hand in hand.  I’m a Performance Mindset Coach, helping stressed out, frantic, frazzled professional slow down and reconnect to their intuition so they can get their shit together.  I’ve walked the road my clients are on.  My method to slow down was through development of a creative practice, which helped me regain my voice and led me to want to serve others in the same way.  If you’re interested in developing (or expanding on) a creative practice as a means to reconnect to your intuition, lose your stress, and improve your professional performance, please join me over at Harmony Coaching.

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Thanks for hanging around the studio with me!

(Feeling) Crushed

Feeling crushed.  We’ve all felt this.

That deep sense of disappointment.

The death or suppression of a dream.

Despair for a perceived loss of success, love, happiness.

That sinking feeling when we’re blinded to our own potential.

When someone stomps on our heart space, we feel crushed.

When was the last time you felt crushed?  What happened?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Crushed (link to poem)

(c) 2019, Hilary Clark, “Crushed”, Fiber, 35″ x 22-1/2″
Detail View
(c) 2019, Hilary Clark, “Crushed”, Fiber, 35″ x 22-1/2″
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(c) 2019, Hilary Clark, “Crushed”, Fiber, 35″ x 22-1/2″

Next up: Flipping feelings to the upbeat.  Can’t stay down for long.  Stay tuned for my next textured fiber painting.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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Studio Update: June 2019

This month, I’m sharing a studio update, showcasing progress on the latest textured fiber painting in my (Feeling) series.  Crushed is underway; the stitching began last week.  In this post, I’m sharing photos of the progress to date.

Original doodle – the shape that inspired “Crushed” as the feeling choice.
I enlarge the original doodle using tracing paper to create the canvas template
My intuitive color choices to interpret the feeling
And the stitching begins

If you missed last month’s post, which revealed (Feeling) Passionate, you can see it here.

The goal for July’s post is the unveiling of the completed (Feeling) Crushed.  If I miss the goal, I’ll share another Studio Update.

What’s your creative practice?

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I also wanted to take the opportunity to share a bit about what I’m doing with my work as my work and my art go hand in hand.  I’m a Life and Authenticity Coach, helping stressed out, frantic, frazzled women over 40 slow down and reconnect to their intuition so they can get their shit together.  I do this by helping them to develop a creative practice.  I’ve walked the road my clients are on.  Development of my own creative practice helped me regain my voice and led me to want to serve others in the same way.  If you’re interested in learning more about coaching and how it might help you develop (or expand on) a creative practice as a means to reconnect to your intuition and lose the stress, you can follow me over at Harmony Coaching.

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Thanks for hanging around the studio with me!

(Feeling) Passionate

Passion!  A vibrant feeling that often overwhelms and carries us away.

Passion is work in flow. It’s heart and soul in flow.

Passion isn’t contained or neat or tidy or reserved.  It’s explosions of color and light and joy.

In this piece, the color wraps around itself and leaps for freedom.

Where does passion appear in your life?

Constructive criticism and comments are always welcome.  Please share your thoughts!

Passionate (link to poem)

(c) 2019, Hilary Clark, Passionate, Fiber, 37″ x 21-1/2″

Next up: Shifting from Passion to a more subdued feeling, one that evokes an emotion from the other side of the spectrum.  Stay tuned for my next textured fiber painting.


Info about my Feelings series: I interpret my random abstract doodles as emotions.  The guiding point is the outer boundary of the doodle.  The boundary evokes the feeling.  From there, I contemplate how to bring that particular feeling alive in fiber. 

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Studio Update: April 2019

Last month, I revealed (Feeling) Woeful, my first piece of the year.  I’m working in a larger format for 2019, roughly 2′ by 3′, so it’s taking a bit longer to finish a piece (having a job and regular life responsibilities do have an impact on my available studio time, after all).

This is a super photo heavy post.  In late March, I attended International Quilt Fest Chicago (their last year here! 😦 ) and took photos of the art that most appealed.  And in early April, I was in San Diego, so I made a stop at the Visions Art Museum and I couldn’t resist taking photos of those exhibits either.

But first…

I’m currently working on (Feeling) Passionate and am sharing progress photos below.  I always try to alternate between the catabolic and anabolic feelings for my work, from “negative” to “positive”.  So from woe to passion we go.  I hope you enjoy this work.  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Photos from IQF Chicago – to be clear, none of these are my art –

Photos from Visions Art Museum, including Maria Shell’s work (none of these are mine, either.  Someday!) –

I’ll be back in a month with the full reveal for (Feeling) Passionate, or another Studio Update if my progress gets derailed.  Thanks for hanging around the studio with me.

What have you been up to?