LumberJocks

Shoe Carving Challenge #3: A Pause ..

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 10-04-2010 06:54 PM 929 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Carving & Perfectionism Part 3 of Shoe Carving Challenge series Part 4: In Your Dreams! »

Oct. 4/10

Today I got the Dremel out and started uncovering the sole of my shoe. And then I had to pause…

A pause.. why, you ask? I had to take a picture at this point because from this point forward things could start going wrong. Right now, it looks likes the sole of a shoe. I feel like stopping right now and putting my shoe on display – “look what I did”.

But, alas, that is not what this journey is about and i must continue to move forward. So I switched tips, grabbed a pencil and started marking the little lines in the sole’s design. At this point I was starting to see the “non-perfection” appear and was glad that I had taken a photo of the “before”. I haven’t carved any of the lines yet but they are SO tiny….

And then I had a visitor. A Beautiful red damselfly landed on my chest and as I looked down it was just a few inches from my face. She spread her wings out and relaxed, wiping her face and staring up at me. She and I had a conversation for about 15 minutes.

I am a believer in learning from wildlife, learning life strategies from how they live, in other words: Animal Totems. Damselflies and dragonflies have many characteristics of survival, living, and beauty. Here is a quote from this site:

  • The power of Dragonfly lies in its ability to see around things by looking from different angles. Using its ability to transform colors and lights by reflecting and refracting them, Dragonfly shows us that life, like light, can bend, shift, and adapt in various ways, making life’s appearance never be what it appears to be. Dragonfly’s magic shows us to see through life’s illusions and find our true vision. It calls us to transform within our lives and reminds us to feel deeply so we will have the compassion necessary to help ourselves and others.

I smile as I think of the wisdom of my visitor. Not only does it apply to my own life, as I move through the nagging voice of fear and perfectionism and attempt my first carving, but it also speaks to the carving itself. The wisdom reminds me to look at the shoe from different angles, to observe the light and shadows, seeing beyond first appearances, discovering how my shoe really looks.

When the damselfly said good-bye, I put down the wood and put down the pencil. I need a finer tipped pencil to be more precise. I need to put my glasses on and really look at those details on the shoe. I need to “see” and I need to “be”.

And the pause continues.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



13 comments so far

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7890 posts in 1667 days


#1 posted 10-04-2010 07:02 PM

Good for you, Debbie! You are one smart lady. It is much more difficult to stop and take a breath and think than just plowing ahead blindly. Most of all – thank you for posting your thoughts and reminding us all to do the same.

There have been times in the past when I have tried designing something that I saw in my head but it just wasn’t translating to my drawings. Often this is when I would switch gears and go for a walk or sit on the beach and look at the waves for a bit and clear my head. More often than not, when returning to the drawing, I was able to see things in a different and many times clearer perspective. I believe this is what you are describing.

I am really enjoying getting to know you through these posts and this project.

Great post! Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6699 posts in 2727 days


#2 posted 10-04-2010 07:24 PM

So where is the picture?

You remember what Karson would always say, right?

No picture, didn’t happen!

Have fun;

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

View Jordan's profile

Jordan

1358 posts in 1872 days


#3 posted 10-04-2010 07:49 PM

Deb, don’t toil too badly over details at this point. When I started painting the horses, the teacher said, body 1, body 2, face 1, face 2 as opposed to finishing each whole horse…which I wanted to. And as I learn, I see that by the time, I’ve made the rounds, and after finishing the second face, I see what I’ve learned and feel like changing things on the first body.
There will be a details section at the very end and by the time you reach that point, you will have learned from the other sections and will see things that you don’t now.
I LOVE to bead dragon flies on my native carvings.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

View mmh's profile

mmh

3480 posts in 2470 days


#4 posted 10-04-2010 09:03 PM

How soulful! I can see you are going to enjoy this journey on your project, and your life!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2908 days


#5 posted 10-04-2010 09:49 PM

thanks everyone.
I wouldn’t be too worried about it – except I’m really trying not to do “just good enough” and so I am looking.. and seeing.. and pausing.

As for pictures—I didn’t take a picture of the dragonfly even though I had a camera at my side because it was a personal moment between her and I and I didn’t want to interrupt it.

And as for the shoe—well, when I post the finished project I will select some of the stages photos to add. You might see the sole at that point. Until then you will just have to be satisfied with having this peek into my “soul” instead :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View TJ65's profile

TJ65

1357 posts in 1797 days


#6 posted 10-05-2010 10:39 AM

I loved the story of the dragonfly, such a nice and personal message too. Glad to hear that you appreciated the visit and listened.
Good for you, more people should be more aware/attune to thier surroundings to be able to get the most out of life. It amazes me, that what I take for granted other people dont even see. I feel sad for those people as they are missing out on a wonderful experience.
take it easy on that shoe of yours! :-)

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

View helluvawreck's profile

helluvawreck

16033 posts in 1614 days


#7 posted 10-05-2010 11:33 AM

That was a great story about the dragonfly and I loved the quote. I wish you well on the carving of your shoe in Jordan’s class.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2908 days


#8 posted 10-05-2010 11:48 AM

thanks :)

When Rick and I go for a drive we’ll see dear and hawks and wolves even.. and are pretty sure that 99% of the traffic are oblivious to the special sightings.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View TJ65's profile

TJ65

1357 posts in 1797 days


#9 posted 10-06-2010 05:03 AM

you know when we head out bush for the day, my husband is driving – well trying to as he is too busy looking at all the flowers, birds, kangaroos, etc. along the way. it’s then time to get out and walk! :-)

Hey I know you will like this story, last week when we went out bush we were driving on a tar road heading out of the National park always on the lookout for wallabies and roos etc. In this one area of grassland, several roos/wallabies were grazing by the side of the road.
Ok, we saw them and they saw us, all good until one didn’t look both ways before he crossed the road. It was only pure chance that we didn’t have a kangaroo as a hood ornament or set the side air bags off. As he just came flying out and decided at the last moment to go back where he came from.
That certainly made us even more aware of our surroundings that we shared, to make the short trip even more interesting, further along we came across an echidna (similar to a porcupine) waddling accross the road. Ok by now we were out of the park heading home, but so as not to be bored by the travel, a cow decided that the grass was definitely greener outside her paddock but was contently standing in the middle of the road – as they do.

So apart from enjoying all the spring wild flowers, skinks scurring and birds mating while on our walk we also had an interesting trip home!!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7890 posts in 1667 days


#10 posted 10-06-2010 11:31 AM

I loved your story, Theresa! What a beautiful place you live in. Near me there is a cat that loves to cross back and forth. I am always careful and go slowly in that area especially because she has darted across several times in the past. It would break my heart to harm her! Just because we build a road, doesn’t mean we own it! I truly believe in respect for the creatures around us.

It was a nice story to wake up to. Thanks for telling it to us!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2908 days


#11 posted 10-06-2010 12:25 PM

wonderful story! So many sightings! loved it.

and I love how it reminds me/us that we (LumberJocks) are from around the world.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7890 posts in 1667 days


#12 posted 10-06-2010 01:05 PM

Doesn’t the world just seem so much SMALLER when we all talk to each other here on a daily basis? How fortunate we are to be able to call each other “friends”!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2908 days


#13 posted 10-06-2010 03:58 PM

the internet truly is a gift to the world.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase