Another short post today. I promise when I get rolling on the new designs I will take more time to do some more in-depth posts. Lately life is just getting in the way of things. I know that happens though and I am just rolling with it.
I did a lot of odds and ends yesterday. Chipping away. If I am anything, I am patient. I understand that everything in this world can’t be instant. I think that is one of the things that cause anxiety in people sometimes. Things keep moving faster and faster and we are so used to having everything done immediately that we forget how to be patient and allow things to come in their own time. Then we wonder why things are so stressful.
I did a lot of small things yesterday that needed to be done. But none of that would be interesting to you. It was a full day and a hot day and before I knew it, it was supper time.
I had intended to spend some of the day painting and relaxing and working on the next flower of my color wheel wreath, but I didn’t really even begin that until after supper. That was fine by me though, as I feel that I accomplished a lot over the course of the day. Many of the little odds and ends that I did had been nagging me for a while and it was good to put them behind me.
I only spent a couple of hours painting, but they felt good. I am finding that this class is great for teaching mixing, and I like the style of teaching that Mary presents. She lays down the procedure for us then turns us loose to do our own thing. Our finished pieces don’t have to look like cookie cutter replicas of hers.
That’s one thing I like about painting. The variables. It scares some people away, but to me, it allows each piece to be unique and each artist to have their own style. Woodworking is so much more exacting. You follow a line and build a project and they all look pretty much identical when they are done. The wood itself gives the variance and character. I am sure that is why some woodworkers refuse to paint their pieces. I respect that.
The second piece in the color wheel was the Day Lily. It was the Orange-Yellow flower that followed the Yellow Wild Rose. I was pleased in the end with how it came out, but I am not so happy with my leaves. I think I was getting tired because they look over-blended and muddy a bit. Not as nice as on the first piece for sure. After fighting with it for a while, I did the smart thing and put it down. I dried the piece and I will give myself some time and go back and correct it later. I am sure that I will feel better about it then.
Here is an example of the piece – bad leaves and all :
It isn’t hideous but it isn’t beautiful either. Especially the leaves. The important thing is that I mixed the colors nicely and that was my main goal in taking this class – to get a good grasp on mixing the values correctly.
Today I have to do several things. Among them is to try to get my dear Pancakes to the vet. The other day he tore a nail on his foot. Last night I noticed it is not looking right. It doesn’t look infected or anything like that but it is out of place and there is dried blood on his foot. He doesn’t favor it at all or lick it even, but I think I should have it looked at just to be sure. I don’t know if I will be able to get in the vet though, and that means a traumatic trip with him to Yarmouth. I wouldn’t want it to get infected though and I don’t know enough about it to decide if it is OK. That will take up much of the day.
I have other errands also, so it will be busy. Hopefully all will work out for the best.
It is Friday already and another week is under our belt. It is cooler and raining – but it is a nice, gentle rain and is preferable to the heat of the past few days.
I hope you all have a good day today. Stay cool and be creative!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"