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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1356: Halloween Project Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 14 days ago 532 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday, I feel as if I really accomplished a great deal. After several days of thinking through my next painting project, I slowly and carefully began actually creating it. 



From outward appearances it may seem that things just spill out onto the board and fall into place. But with projects such as this, I needed to think of things in layers, carefully considering where each element was going to be placed. 



From the first photo, you would think that the moon would be the central focus of the painting. After all, when only the back ground was laid in, it certainly drew your eye to it. 



Then, yesterday, I posted the photo where the clock had been added. And it pulled your eyes to it immediately as a stronger element. The moon became secondary:



(I am kicking myself this morning when I realize that I didn't take a full shot with only the clock in. But you get the point, I think!)



Which may have had you thinking that now the clock would be the main focus of this design.  But no . . .



There was still a long way to go, as I mentioned in yesterday's post. 



Yesterday I added dormant tree branches, along with (at last) the main focus of the piece . . . 

A Raven!



What a cool symbol of impending doom!  He is just what I was thinking for the theme of this Halloween project!  



After I established the pattern I wanted for the branches, I began working on the bird. In the following photo, the initial shading is done, but he will still have some highlighting and glazing. After the first shade, I decided to jump to the branches and began their shading process as well. The right and lower branches are shaded and the upper left ones are still not. 



See how far back the moon is pushed?  See how the clock – which was so prominent in the beginning – is now a vague 'suggestion'. It is nearly hidden in the branches, yet the raven is inviting us to notice it. We look at him – the main focal point and naturally say to ourselves "What is he looking at?" 



Little by little I am layering in elements that will make the painting interesting and engaging. This is where those days of thought come into play in my designing. While it may have seemed as if I wasn't accomplishing much, I was carefully trying to plan each element so that it is placed just right. 



So far I am happy. :D



Today I will be finishing things up. The bird – although off to a good start – is still much too flat for my taste. I also need to complete the header and footer, as this will be a sign board. 



I still have a few tricks up my sleeve for that. You will have to just come back to see . . . 



Have a wonderful Friday! (MWHahahahahahah!)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



8 comments so far

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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 14 days ago

As a Baltimore Ravens fan, and a big fan of E.A. Poe, who also called Baltimore home, I LOVE the start of this painting!!!!

Eagerly waiting the outcome.

Nevermore

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 14 days ago

Yes – Poe was always one of my favorites. I wanted you to know that I am making a WOOD PLAQUE version of this project as well! So you will be able to SCROLL it !

You know me and my Multi-versions! :D

As I said – Stay tuned . . . ;)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Roger

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#3 posted 14 days ago

That is beautiful Sheila!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

7474 posts in 1518 days


#4 posted 14 days ago

Thanks, Roger. It has a way to go, but I was excited about the beginning of it. :)

I appreciate your nice comments!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#5 posted 14 days ago

Wow! This is a beautiful painting. Looking forward to seeing the completed result and the scroll saw version.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 14 days ago

Thank you, Anna! I am really having FUN on this one. I hope the rest goes well. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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dewoodwork

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#7 posted 11 days ago

I’d say you have some amazing talent and patience.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 11 days ago

Thank you very much Dewayne! I just look at one step at a time and it doesn’t overwhelm me. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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