This is a happy piece and I'm glad to say it was accepted for exhibit in "The Voice Within" . I hadn't planned on entering this one, as I didn't have a suitable piece and nothing came to mind. Then out of the blue, it came to me, one answer to the question, "How did you think of THAT?". (I've never been sure if that was a question of amazment, curiosity, or unbelief.)
I've never been certain where most of my ideas come from. They're rarely deliberate, in the sense of "I think I'll draw a tree today". Most of them come to me in those moments of semi-conciousness, just after I wake up, in the shower or when my hands are busy but my mind is wandering. A few of them make me wonder about my mental health, but most are welcomed and turned into art. Others lead me to a piece by steps. This thought process is what inspired this quilt.
For me, my process works alot like putting a penny in a gumball machine (do they still take pennies?). You put in the coin, turn the handle and what you see is what you get. Maybe you wanted pink and got yellow instead. Maybe on a really good day you get TWO gumballs, glory hallalujeh. And sometime, you look in the bowl and find it empty. Just like life, right.
I had a wonderful time making this character with his felt gumball filled head, and his 3-D arms and hands. I find I like him, and my process very well indeed.