My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #482: Out of the Zone

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-05-2011 11:50 AM 6820 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s raining again this morning and I am starting to think that I should scroll saw an ark. I think it has rained for about five days straight now, and even though it isn’t violent weather, it just seems like a lot.

I usually don’t let the weather get to me, and it certainly hasn’t now, but I have wanted to go for a nice walk in the woods and take in the sites before the leaves all fall. Each day I notice more and more of them are turning golden brown. I am wondering if we are going to get much color at all this year. I remember last year, as we were driving to Bernie and Ellen’s camp for Thanksgiving the colors were just about at a peak, with the landscape looking as if someone took a paint brush and painted the trees in all the traditional autumn colors. Thanksgiving for us here in Canada is Monday, and there is nowhere near the color that was present last year at this time. I have the feeling that before long the leaves are just going to turn brown and fall off. I wonder if the amount of rain has anything to do with that. I am not sure how it works.

I completed phase one of the next project for the magazine yesterday. As I stated previously, this project is one that will be presented over three issues. I don’t think I have ever done a series like this for Creative Woodworks and Crafts before, and I am anxious to see how it is received. I hope to finish up drawing what I need for the first segment today and then I will be able to cut things out tomorrow.

It seems like I have been working on this for quite a while, but in reality I have not. It is just that I have done much of the planning in my head for a bit and it only seems as if I was actually working on it while I was doing other things.

Thinking things through is a large part of the process that doesn’t get seen, although it is probably the most important part. It reminds me of when I visited the then ‘Sears Tower’ when I lived in Chicago and learned all these amazing facts about the building, like the fact that it had 2000 miles of electrical wire contained in its structure. Who would have thought?

It just goes to show us that things aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes the simplest projects take the most time to figure out and it is only because of good planning that they seem to come together so easily. Making things work well and go together easily is an art in itself.

I have had several versions of my current project swirling around in my head. Trying to figure out the best way to make it work which will also be the simplest and most functional was probably the biggest part of the challenge. When you finally do see what I have come up with, you will probably think it is quite simple and wonder what the dilemma was. If that is the case, then I have done my job well. I am still debating on a couple of points and I probably won’t know which path to follow until I am actually cutting, but that is OK and I am certain that tomorrow when I cut I will figure things out. That is the kind of thing that makes it exciting. When I finally see what is in my mind come to life and graduate from thought to physical object can be both exciting and thrilling, even it if is simple.

Part of the challenge of continually coming up with new designs is doing so in a way that is innovative and fun for others to duplicate. There are days when I feel extremely clever and frankly – there are days when I don’t. I suppose it depends on how well I have thought things through and how successful the implementation of the ideas are. But that is, I feel, where experience has a hand in things and I know from past attempts what will be successful and what will not. It is a time when all those trials and errors pay off (yes – even the errors) because it teaches us what to expect and helps us find a way. I think they call it ‘learning.’

I look forward to the day ahead of me. I like the challenge of making new things. It is more than just drawing and scroll work this time around – it is building something new. Every once in a while it is good for me to do a project like this. It makes me think a bit more and stretches my mind a bit. It keeps me fresh. And it keeps my work fun.

I wish you all a wonderful day. Have fun and stretch a little farther.

(Photography by Carlos Quandt)

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. ~Alan Alda~

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

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 12:36 AM

nice picture you have found to us :-)
you proppebly right about its going easyer if its planned … I donĀ“t know …lol
but I know its nearly always goes wrong some how when doing it on the fly
with the afterburner engaged becourse its job you think you can do on the backbones
and just want to be finished

take care

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 06:47 AM

Nice picture…

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 11:24 AM

Thank you both for the comments. I do find that planning is well worth the time. So many times when doing things ‘on the fly’ as you say Dennis, I wind up making a mess of things and having to do them over. Besides the waste of time and material, it also wastes our creativity and enthusiasm for what we are doing. In the long run it takes us even longer to finish something that even we aren’t very happy with. Planning ahead is a must.


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

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