Saturday, February 13, 2010
Ups and Downs and Sideways too
It's amazing how quickly things can go wrong. Yesterday I accidentally destroyed a little piece I'd worked on for about six hours. It wasn't so much the time in, but that I loved the little creature. I even kissed her when I put her into the oven I've used to fire originals for years. Then I pushed the wrong button and went away.
When I returned, she was a blackened husk and I cried for a bit, like a baby.
The discipline to let it go and move on has been hard won, for sure.
So. Moving on:
I want to share this exercise with you. One of the difficult aspects of sculpting is to get both sides of a symmetrical work to match. In the case of the piece I destroyed, and am now recreating, the symmetry is for the face, and wings.
I've done no research on this, but in my own experience (this is my disclaimer) this writing exercise helps. It's not a hand thing---it's a brain thing. And I believe it works.
You can do it anytime you have a doodling opportunity. Even if you're not an artist, it may exercise a part of your brain that might be a little out of shape. Write anything, then write its shadow. Have fun.
I did have a bit of success this week, in finishing this mirror box. It was on my 'long overdue' project list, and is for friends and collectors, Roland and Robert, aka guardianalien. I thank them both deeply for their outstanding patience.
It's titled "The Magnificent and Marvelous Doctor Crow, and is truly bigger inside than out.
Another small success---the tortie came within two feet of me today. She very nearly took a bit of chicken from my hand. But only nearly.
Sigh. My kitty I cannot touch.
I've bought bulbs---hyacinth and tulips and daffodils.
I'm going to spend the afternoon outside, with creatures not human and likely smarter.
Have a good Saturday.