Have you ever tried to do several things at once? I feel that is how my day went yesterday. I was doing some drawing, sanding some orders to go out and I even began painting my new Painting With Friends design (inspired by Terrye French) that promises to be a really fun and cute project. I actually didn't know which direction to head first.
Keith was also busy, as he headed to the lumber yard and spent the afternoon and evening at our friend Bernie's shop planing and dressing wood. It is getting to be that time of year when we need to replenish our supply that is right here at hand so we have enough to last us through our winter designing. While I miss going to the shop and working on things (I love running the planer!) it really didn't make sense for me to go with, as too many people doing things at once only seem to make it more cluttered.
So I stayed here and made a pot of soup to nurse my cold and tried to get some painting done.
I must say though – I wasn't at my painting best. I started out painting the first of the eight figures that will be in this set only to head back to the sander around 5pm in the evening. I simply HATED how the piece came out and there was nothing else to do except sand off the paint and start again. Thinking back, I wish I would have thought enough to take a photo of the blunder. I want those of you who are new to painting to realize that even though you look up to us as teachers and 'professionals', we make mistakes as well. Sometimes there is a broken path between our 'vision' and the execution of the design. While there is no shame in that, it certainly can feel frustrating! I felt as if I wasted much of the day only to be looking at a blank piece at 5:30 in the evening, after putzing with it all day!
Oh well – it was worth it after all. I am much happier with the revised version anyway.
So I only have one piece to show you today . . .
This little guy is the first of a set of eight that will make a set of Christmas Pull Toys that can be used as ornaments or as stand-up pieces. The first one I painted so dark, he looked like he was burned in the oven. :( This little guy is brighter and just the right crispiness!
I have some additional details that I will be adding to him, but he is on his way and hopefully the other pieces will go a bit more smoothly. I will be painting again today for a bit.
I also need to scroll out the ornaments that I hinted at yesterday. I will tease you further by telling you I sent the pictures to my friend Leldon to look them over and he LOVED them! (That was a good boost for my confidence!) But I have three more to draw today as well and then I can start cutting them out. I am torn which way to work today. I think that is a good problem to have though! ;)
Keith is also finishing up a new design for our next update. He asked me to show you a hit as well:
Humm . . .
They look very 'autumn-like' to me . . .
I suppose I like teasing you all a little bit. It just shows you we are working on things and not sitting here eating bon bons! (well – we could sneak a bon bon in once in a while, I suppose! Or a tootsie roll! Now THOSE are good!)
Thank you all for your encouragement. I hope this keeps you guessing and coming back to see. I should have more to show tomorrow . . .
Have a great Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"