My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #474: The Creative Wheels Are Once Again Turning

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-27-2011 09:57 PM 1682 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that is more like it! What a good day it turned out to be yesterday. It had its rough spots, but I kept forging ahead and all in all it turned out to be pretty good and productive.

While driving to do my errands, I saw the Blue Heron was visiting the little pond down the road again. I don’t know if I mentioned it before, but I saw it there a couple of weeks ago. It is truly beautiful and they are one of my favorite birds. I even did a painting of one a couple of years ago.

I love painting wildlife. It really is something I need to get back to doing soon. I just need to find the time. Perhaps seeing him was some sort of sign to me to go in that direction. I look at it as a real inspiration.

I did have a couple of hiccups with my outing. After I went to the post office, I needed to go to the pharmacy to pick up a calendar for my next project (there is a hint for you as to what it is!) When I went to pay, I couldn’t seem to find my debit card. I knew I had it for the post office but I wound up paying cash because the amount was smaller than I expected (I was probably in shock!) I wasn’t too worried because I live in a very small town and the bank was on the way between the pharmacy and the post office so if it wasn’t there, I would just stop in and cancel it right away.

They did have it at the post office though, so all was well. What was I thinking anyway? I think my mind was on other things or designing or something.

I really got moving on my new project yesterday. It was as if the fog lifted and I could see my direction very clearly. Even though I spent most of Sunday painting, while I was doing so, I was thinking about the new project that I am working on. That is why I think that sometimes doing something else is more functional than you would think in regards to designing. There are days when I just can’t ‘design on demand’ and in reality, most of my best work comes to me when I am doing something else. My mind wanders and before I know it I am conjuring up something new.

I suppose that is why I started writing things down in a notebook. Now when I have to do something for a deadline, I have a whole list of ideas to pick from. Writing them down also helps free my mind for other things, as once they are written I will no longer worry about forgetting them. I am big on lists and I have several note pads around here to remind me of the various tasks that I have to do. I don’t think I would be half as organized without them.

I truly like this feeling of excitement that I have over making something new. It is as if the floodgates have opened up and the ideas are pouring out. I made an order to Lee Valley over the weekend to get some magnets that I will be using on this project. I am trying these Rare Earth Magnets for the first time. I heard that they are incredibly strong and small and I want to see how they will work with what I am doing. I will promise to give a review of them when I receive them. The package is tracked and should arrive by tomorrow, so things will be moving right along.

I am going to be drawing today for the most part. I have everything set up in my mind and getting it drawn will be easy. It is another beautiful day out and sunny and calm and finally the humidity has dropped to a decent level. That makes all the difference in the world.

So all is good here and things are moving right along. It feels great to be on top of things and have so many good things going at once. Surprisingly, I feel relaxed and not anxious about things at all. I am just enjoying each day and having fun with what I do.

It certainly is a great way to be.

Have a good one!

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-27-2011 10:03 PM

OOooo AAHHhhh…

That is so BEAUTIFUL!

Just wonderful!

Would love to have something like that hanging on a wall…

Great job!

Thank you!

Sure glad you found your Debit Card!

Those are Instant Cash Gone! (that’s why I don’t use them).
With a Credit card, you have a fighting chance of getting reimbursed, etc.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 09-27-2011 10:13 PM

Nice painting!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 09-27-2011 10:16 PM

Thanks you guys! :) Since I am drawing today it was the only relevant picture I had to share. I am glad you like it.


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

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 03:05 AM

You have all the details and color quality in your painting. Beutiful. I believe that you really need to allocate time for your painting skills… you can create a lot of beutiful and meaningful painting… I also like very much nature beauty that moves because it expresses emotion and feelings of the painter. The way I see the bird, I can say—you are calm and brightly thinking of the sides but not the fore… You are so stable by giving distance to both feet and that wings is not required at the moment to balance your stance. Hope, I was right in my interpretation… just my inner thought… thanks for posting.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 04:25 AM

Was recently in Halifax for several days on buisness and could have kicked myself when I got back and found out there was a Lee Valley store there and I didn’t even know. It was my first trip to beautiful NS and had an extra day to sight-see. Did the Peggy’s Cove trip and got my salt water spray and black rum so I’m an official Sou’wester. Got my bright yellow rain hat and all. Always enjoy reading your posts.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 10:51 AM

Sheila, this is a gorgeous painting. You are obviously an accomplished artist whose talents run in many directions. As a non-artist myself I always enjoy seeing these talents expressed by gifted artisans.

These are one of my favorites as well. I live in a rural residential neighborhood. We have a wet lands located about a half mile from the house and I get to see these guys flying over every day on their way back and forth from their rookery while hunting. And, with numerous bodies of water in the area, it is also a pleasure to see them close up. They certainly are impressive birds,

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 11:20 AM

Well, thank you again for your nice comments. I sometimes worry about posting my paintings here, because of the off topic thingy, but they ARE on painted on masonite and I think that they use traces of wood in making masonite boards, don’t they? ;)

Painting is a part of my life that I would like to work more on. It will truly be a luxury when I can spend the time to do that kind of painting again. However, I am still at the point in my business where I am trying to survive so I can’t afford to take the time like I want to do so. I know it will come though, so I am patient. I do see the business growing bit by bit and fortunately it is creative and allows me to do bits of painting besides the woodworking. So I can’t complain.

Thank you all for not minding that I post these paintings from time to time and not running me out on a rail. I am proud of many of them and do like to show them sometimes. :)


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

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 06:21 PM

Paintings can also have wooden frames… and the Brush handles can be wood handles… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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