Yesterday was a pretty productive day. I wound up pretty much finishing the design that I was working on for the holiday issue of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine, and I began to map out the companion piece that I will be making with it. Usually, once I get things rolling like this, I am well on my way.
I am pleased with how the project looks. Even on paper it is nice, and once it is cut in wood and I have added the ‘extras’ to it, it should make a nice presentation. I sent the drawings to my editor for her approval and I was happy (and relieved!) that she already sent back a note saying she also liked the project. Contrary to what some may believe, it is never a ‘given’ that what I design will be accepted. I will probably always feel apprehensive when I submit a project for consideration. That is something that I just can’t seem to help.
In looking at the drawings again this morning, I am still happy with them. That’s a good sign, because sometimes getting away from things and then coming back later on somehow changes seemingly good ideas into something that may not be so awesome after all. I think when I draw I get so engrossed in things and seeing them magnified 600x on my computer screen blurs the perspective at times. A break away usually allows me to approach things with a fresh eye and adjust things that may not be such a good idea after all. But this morning, they still look good to me, so I am happy.
Today will be the challenge of making the second piece equally attractive. I have set the precedent with this first leg of the project and now making something that will make me equally excited and happy will be the task at hand. But part of the fun is meeting that goal. While there is still a blanket of fog encompassing that idea, it isn’t quite as thick, and it is slowly dissipating to reveal something that will (hopefully) be really nice. I feel good about it.
My loose goal is to spend the day drawing. I know once I get going, I should be able to finish it up fairly quickly. Then I will spend the weekend doing what I love to do best – cutting and seeing things come to life. I truly look forward to that, as it seems like it has once again been a while since I was able to spend some time cutting.
I may not blog in the next day or so, as I would rather reveal the design once it is finished rather than in progress. Perhaps that is because I am unsure as to how it will go and I don’t want to have the added pressure of promising to show updates in case things don’t go exactly as I plan. I know this pressure is self-imposed and not applied by anyone but myself, but I find that it can be there nonetheless, as I sometime look at bit too optimistically as to what I think I can accomplish.
In any case, I will do my best to get things done. This is what could be referred to as “crunch time” for me. Besides this deadline, there are others that I need to work on also. I plan on slating in time to cut the design for the other scroll saw magazine (Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts), as it is the first time that I will have a design featured in their publication and I want to do my best on that project too.
I have a bit of time on both of these deadlines, but I am not one to do things on the 11th hour. (Well – Keith would probably argue otherwise, but I do at least try to do things before then! What can I say?)
All in all, I think it will be a pretty good weekend. The rain we had earlier this week seemed to do well with coaxing the leaves to finally bud on our trees and they are finally looking green again. Since it is the latter part of May, I would think it is about time!
I am looking forward to the next couple of days. As you, my creative friends understand, the best times are when we are able to spend time doing what we love. And I certainly feel that way today.
Have a great weekend everyone. I hope you all find time to do some of the things that you enjoy the most.
I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:”If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"