(Feeling) Woeful

Feelings are not small when we feel them, no matter how others might try to force us to ignore or suppress those feelings into a tiny space.  Therefore, in 2019, my work will grow larger to more accurately portray the intuitive and instinctive physical manifestation of the feeling for which a piece is named.

All of my textured fiber paintings are created from intuition.  From instinct.  There is no sketching beyond the initial doodle for the outline.  There is no planning.  This is seat of the pants, gut-driven creation.

Because this is a year for my work to grow in size, (Feeling) Woeful is larger than the previous work in this series, which means more stitching, which means it took more time to complete.  Woeful is dark, as grief and woe often are.  The one bright, almost jarring, fuchsia accent symbolizes the raw pain woe often brings.

How have you experienced woe?

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

Woeful (link to poem)

(c) 2019, Hilary Clark, Woeful, Fiber, 33-1/2″x22″

Next up: Transitioning from Woe to Passion.  Look for lots of color in 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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(Feeling) Impulsive

The final piece of the year is complete.

This has been a year of slow and contemplative art making.  I’ve been focused on building a business as a job satisfaction coach and, while I’ve spent some time most days of every week in my studio, production has slowed.  My annual intention is to create 12 art pieces.  This year, there are only 4.  However, they are 4 pieces of art that please me tremendously.  As I continue to create feelings out of fiber, my voice grows in definition and clarity.  And that brings me joy.

(Feeling) Impulsive is an excellent way to close out this year’s art creation.  Vibrant color placed with wild abandon aligns with impulse.

How could you be more impulsive in your life?

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

Impulsive (link to poem)

Impulsive-Full(c)

(c) 2018, Hilary Clark, Impulsive, Fiber, 17″ x 24-1/2″

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Impulsive-Detail 1

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Next up: A short hiatus for the remainder of the year from creating feelings out of fiber.  Time spent in my studio during this season will be focused on experiments like paint on fabric, fabric dyeing, and ways to hang my Feelings series as stand-alone pieces rather than attached to a painter’s canvas.  I’ll post about whatever experiments I undertake.  As soon as 2019 begins, I intend to dive right back into my Feelings.  Enjoy the remainder of 2018.  May peace and joy be with you.


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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(Feeling) Fear

Three and a half months of slow and steady progress – (Feeling) Fear is finally complete!

As this year’s production has slowed, creating these fiber art pieces has become an opportunity to be more contemplative, contributing to my personal growth as I construct each one.  I seem to choose the feeling to create that I most need to understand and process in the moments it takes to make my art.  To state that more clearly, every time I step into my studio to work on the fiber feeling, I give mental focus to the actual feeling and how it impacts me and my life.  As a result, I discover the ways the feeling is serving me and where it is holding me back from achieving my goals.

Through my art making process, I am learning to find solutions within my feelings.  What more could one want from their creative life?

What have you learned from your creative efforts?

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

Fear (link to poem)

(Feeling) Fear - Full

Fear-Detail 3

Fear-Detail 2

Next up: (Feeling) Impulsive


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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(Feeling) Serene

Production is slow this year.  I’m building a business as a Corporate Change Coach, which, as you might guess, takes a lot of time.  However, I always make time for the studio – but not as much as I’d like!

There is a great deal of stitching in my Feeling series, which also takes time.  Each individual piece is stitched in a corresponding thread, each stitch line 1/4″ away from the next.  The outline shape calls to mind a happy, fat, little Buddha while the blue and green evoke a feeling of serenity for me, much as sitting on the beach, gazing out at the ocean.

Time is a theme in my life lately.  It takes time to build a business.  It takes time to make big changes.  It takes time to make art.  And yet, even in the midst of tight scheduling and priority juggling, I can always find moments of serenity.  How do you find serenity in your life?

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

Serene (link to poem)

Serene ~ May 2018 ~24"x17-1/2"

Serene ~ May 2018 ~24″x17-1/2″

Serene - Detail 1

Serene - Detail 2

Next up: (Feeling) Scared


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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(Feeling) Anguish

The first piece I’ve completed this year is also the last piece I started last year.  Two months to create Anguish!  That seems like too long but the reality is there is a LOT of stitching in the Feelings series.  Each separate fabric strip is stitched individually in its corresponding color, with less than 1/4″ between stitched lines. The stitching follows the outline of the fabric shape, continuing in a smaller and smaller “circle” as I work towards the center of the shape.  There are more stitched lines and more yards of thread in Anguish (and the other Feelings) than I am willing to count.

I’ve gotten very Zen about the stitching.  It used to be my least favorite thing about making my art.  Now, I look forward to it.  Sitting down to stitch, whether for 15 minutes if that’s all I can spare, or an hour when I’ve got more time available, centers and grounds me.  I meditate better sitting at my Bernina then I do sitting quietly on the floor, following my breath.

I hope you enjoy looking at Anguish as much as I enjoyed making it.

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

Anguish (link to poem)

Anguish ~ 22-1/2"x16" ~ February 2018

Anguish ~ 22-1/2″x16″ ~ February 2018

Anguish - Detail 1

Anguish - Detail 2

Next up: (Feeling) Serene


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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