I am headed off to the Smoky Mountains for a week at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  And more specifically, a week long workshop with one of my favorite textile artists, Elizabeth Barton.  Rumour has it that Elizabeth is one of the best teachers around. If you read her blog, you will see that she not only has a wicked sense of humor, but is a brilliant scholar and textile artist.  All in all, this should make for a most inspirational  week.  I don't get abstract art at all, but hope to come to a better understanding and be able to produce something decent during the week.
To top it off, I am going into this class less prepared that any of the other 3 workshops I have had.  I decided to approach this one from another angle. I am not going to practice her techniques, read volumes on abstract art, etc, etc, etc.  I am going to clear my mind of any preconceptions of abstract art, just chill and try to absorb all Ms. Barton has to offer.

Wish me luck as I leave my latest representational project on my design wall.

Hmmm, reckon I'll return from this experience and abstract this?

Maybe the workshop will guide me in the right direction with my little hexie project.  I have altered the design yet again.  At least I made these changes before I sewed all those little buggers together.