I had a wonderful, relaxing and productive day yesterday. Whatever was bothering me last week has certainly passed and I was on a good roll with drawing. While I drew the basic shapes on Saturday, I took the entire day yesterday to refine and detail things out. I am now ready to get to the scroll saw.
I am truly excited about this new set of ornaments. Each one was drawn with the utmost care. I believe each one will be a little 'masterpiece' in itself.
I had dabbled with the idea of splitting the set into two, but I don't think that will be the way to go. I really still try to give value to my patterns, and hopefully if I can offer them at a reasonable price, people will be honest and purchase the pattern rather than pirating them off the internet or sharing. I know that is an optimistic way to look at things, but it really is all I have to rely on – people's integrity. When I think though of the many hours it took me to perfect the drawings so that they are able to be cut, I honestly can't see why someone would want to spend the time to try to replicate them from screen shots.
I only bring this up because I am continually warned of posting head-on screen shots of my work. The only thing I can mention in response is that even if I do not, all it would require is a customer to do so and any effort that I have made would have been a waste of time. Unlike painting patterns, scroll saw patterns are primarily line work. Because of that, I suppose I have to be a bit more careful how I show things. But my philosophy is that I can't for the life of me see why one would wish to spend time re-tracing a skewed drawing when there are reasonable alternatives that support the designers and help them keep designing. But that is just me. So with that said, I do my best and watermark my photos (if I remember) and focus on the good people that help keep me doing what I do. It is the best way I can deal with things.
Besides . . . I decided that I will be offering one of these pretty ornaments as our next free pattern. I actually drew up 13 of them – a dozen for the pattern and an additional one to give away. I haven't decided which one I will share though just yet – I will see after they are all cut.
As you can imagine, I am truly excited about cutting these and seeing them come to life. Usually the line work is far less impressive than the actual pieces, and this morning I have already chosen an array of beautiful hard woods to make my samples from. I also think that I may make a plywood set via stack cutting and perhaps paint a set as well. You can never have too many ornaments, can you?
I also decided that I am going to make a beautiful sleigh ornament to offer free for the painters. This one will be cut only in silhouette, and the details painted. I have an idea for something that is classic and beautiful as well, and I will be trying to draw it today. It shouldn't take too long, as most of the details will be in the painting.
I have some orders to cut as well, and my usual errands of shipping things out and shopping and the gym. It is going to be a busy day!
It feels wonderful to be back in the swing of things. I woke up today happy and motivated and excited about seeing my new projects. You would never know I was in a rut.
Happy Monday to you all! I wish you a wonderful, exciting and creative week ahead.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"