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 (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"