Even though I planned on taking the day off yesterday to do some painting for myself, I never touched a paint brush. I suppose there was just too much else that was going on and I wound up working on that all day.
I started out the morning with the intent to take it slow and perhaps work on some things that I want to make for myself or give as gifts, but since I was up early, I thought I would spend ‘just a little time’ on some new things that I was drawing, and it sucked me in.
Sometimes when I am working on a new design or project, I get so involved that I forget about everything else around me. Yesterday was much like that, as I worked on the computer drawing and writing for much of the day. I had also planned to bake something and cook a nice dinner, but when I looked up at the clock when I noticed it was getting dark out, it was already near six and much to late to start anything. So I had leftovers (which was home made pizza from the other day – so it wasn’t that bad!)
By the time I was done for the night, it was nearly 9pm. It amazed me how quickly the day flew by, but when I look back at what I accomplished, I felt very proud and I was glad I spent the time doing what I did. It certainly wasn’t a wasted day!
There are times when I feel uninspired, and I do ‘busy work’ just to keep the pile moving. But this was not one of those times. I worked on the large patterns that are new to me and it felt great because I was really and truly feeling like I was getting the hang of things. As with any new challenge, the more you stick to it and concentrate on learning, the more comfortable you begin to feel at it. Such was the case with this. I am no longer feeling as much like a fish out of water when working on these giant sized patterns, and I was pretty pleased with the outcome. There were still a few minor errors, but for the most part, everything flowed in a good direction and many of the “stupid” errors were avoided. Yes, there was progress.
I look forward to the busy week ahead. I have some great ideas for new scroll saw patterns, and I also have some ideas for new larger patterns too. And then there are the painting patterns . . .
So many fish in the sea!
(Image courtesy of consciouscat.net)
My biggest problem is which direction to go first. And as a designer, that is a good problem to have. There is an entire world of possibilities and opportunity waiting for me and I only need to remain focused in order to make them into reality.
Let the fun begin!
Have a wonderful week and a Happy Monday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"