My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #922: Perspective

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-03-2013 11:32 AM 4539 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent much of the day yesterday drawing the new design. It was one of those that I drew one way, than after spending several hours trying to get things to work one way, I decided it would be better to approach things from an entirely different direction.

It wasn’t exactly like starting from square one again, but maybe from square two or three.

It is funny how I get these ideas and can picture them in my head, but they aren’t quite clear yet. Sometime getting them to reality can be as easy as putting the pen to the mouse pad and drawing. An hour or two later I am looking at exactly what I had envisioned. Other times it isn’t quite that simple and figuring out just how to make what is on paper translate to wood can be a bit of a challenge.

I am liking this next project that I am making. Around 2pm yesterday afternoon I can honestly say that I had my doubts. After spending a great deal of time on a concept, reality hit me that what I was drawing just wasn’t going to work. I was a bit exasperated.

But I took a minute and changed gears for a bit and did some emails and other things and I had another idea about how to approach things. It meant reworking things quite a bit and redrawing things, but the concept was much clearer and would be much easier for others to do. I was encouraged.

I finished my drawings around dinner time. And as I looked at them, I felt good because what was on paper closely resembled the ideas that I had in my mind. I think it will be a good save on the idea.

Here is a sample of what I am working on:

I went from cutting the design in a positive fashion, where the subject is left and the areas around it cut, to a negative design, where the subject (in this case, the snowflakes) are cut from the piece, leaving the ‘background’ in tact.

This will work out much better for the design, and make it look the way I intended.

Today I will be cutting, which all of you know will make me very happy. I am still figuring out some of the logistics of how this will look, but for the most part I feel as if I am on the right track. I know already that it will be a good day.

Sometimes we need to remember to look at things from a different perspective.

We need to remember that there are many ways to view things and many possibilities.

It can sometimes be amazing just how different the same concept or design can look if we only stretch our imagination a bit and think it things in a different way.

I think that this concept works not only in designing, but it also applies to many different aspects of our life. It seems that those around us who are the most flexible and are able to look at things in several different ways are the ones that seem to cope with life a little better than those who are set fast in their thinking. Allowing our minds to accept different ways of thinking and looking at things through different perspectives can only help to enhance our thought process and gives us many more options than we may have thought. It also helps us grow as artists and be more creative.

I wish you all a wonderfully creative day.

-- 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 01-03-2013 12:50 PM

I’ve found that a lot of times if I just walk away from something for a little while my whole perspective changes.
You are truly a talented Lady.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 01:21 PM

Let it flow, let it flow Sheila. Those cat pics are way kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 01:35 PM

Yes Howie – I find that too. I get so ‘involved’ that I can’t see the trees through the forest. Sometimes changing gears for even five minutes makes things look a bit different when we return. The trick is to remind ourselves to do so! :)

Roger – I am glad you like them. That’s my ‘grand-kitty’ Pancakes (the one my daughter brought here to Canada from Michigan/Chicago and left here when she went back. That is one well-traveled kitty!)

Easy-peasy Photoshop filters is all it is. Took all of five minutes. But helped me make the point as to how different the same thing could be. Kind of cool though! It got me thinking even more! (sigh! as if I need more to think about!) LOL Have a great day!


-- 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 01-03-2013 08:24 PM

Good morning Sheila. I love Photoshop for the filters you can play around with. Your cat photos got me thinking about using the filters in Photoshop to create patterns form photos. As usual you get my brain ticking over!
I like the snowflake pattern teaser. Looking forward to seeing the rest.
Another beautiful sunny day here. If this weather keeps up maybe I’ll get back out to the workshop sooner than normal this time of year.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 11:27 AM

Hi, Anna:
Here it is still snowy and it has turned cold. Winter has finally arrived! It’s Canada though, so it is expected. I worry about all the people who are experiencing winters that are so warm. Our weather patterns are changing faster than ever.

I love living in a place where there are four seasons. It gives us the chance to experience all the great things that Mother Nature has to offer. I hope you get some shop time soon. In the mean time, your other crafts are fun too. I have my painting to fall back on if I ever get the time to do so. One day I would love to paint some nice things again. But until then, the sawdust will fly!

Have a great day! :)

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

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