Yesterday was one of those days where I did a lot of busy little things and worked toward getting everything in order. While I kept busy all day, if I were to have to talk about what I accomplished, it probably wouldn’t seem like it was very much. But sometimes those days are very important, as they help lay the foundation so that everything runs smoothly.
I am working on the new designs today, and still getting my footings as to which direction I want to head. I will admit there is still a fog in my creative air, and I have not quite decided yet what to work on at full force. I am closer though, and I feel that by the end of the day, I will have a clear idea of my next project and be able to attack it at full force.
Indecision can be a crippling force. Even when there are many ideas, if we aren’t focused and clear on what we want to work on, struggling with choosing can slow things down considerably. I find this happens from time to time if I allow myself to get caught up in it. Right now, I am thinking in several different directions at once, and they are all pulling me in some way or another. In my head, I have categories of designs such as Christmas, Winter, Spring, Painting, Scrolling and Yard Art. Then there is the next magazine article that I need to begin thinking about. They are all equally important, but I need to really prioritize them and sort through and decide what to do next.
The obvious choice is Christmas, as time is running short on that one. So that narrows it down a bit. Then there are the sub-categories of ornaments, plaques, word art, etc. that need to be considered. But I am getting there, and the fog is lifting. It gets to a point when I have to “just do it” and force myself to think in one direction and filter out all the rest for now. And I am just about there.
I apologize if this doesn’t make interesting blog material. But it is part of the process and many of my fellow designers talk of getting ‘stuck’ and I believe that it is partly due to this phenomena.
So for now, I have something that I thought was pretty cool for you to see. My brother sent this video to me, as he thought it would interest me. I found it to be very cool and I thought I would share it with you, my fellow artists and woodworkers. It may give you some inspiration for some ideas, but either way I found the process fascinating.
It is called “Marbelous Marble Wood Flooring by Snedker Studio” by Pernille Snedker Hansen.
The link to her website is here if you wish to see more about it: http://snedkerstudio.dk/Marbelous-Wood
I find it to be an interesting and unique process. I could see this also done on a small scale for boxes and other projects using your own choices of colors. It reminds me of Malachite:
In any case, I hope you enjoy it and it perhaps gives you some ideas.
I wish you all a wonderful Thursday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"