I had a good month taking it slower and enjoying the holidays. But now it is time to get back to working full steam. While slowing down was something that I felt was needed, somehow the ideas kept coming at the same pace and I feel that I have even more things that I want to make. Time is ticking . . .
I am excited about just about every aspect of my work right now. The woodworking part is as fun as ever. The painting part is also exciting. I even look forward to cutting out surfaces and working on my saw, which some may feel to be a bit mundane. And I also look forward to teaching the Art Play Date online course which I will talk more about shortly. I certainly don't think I will be bored in the upcoming year!
So for today, I want to get right to it. I finished up the final mask yesterday from the SLDP231 Romantic Masquerade – Red Passion set of painted masks. I think it came out nice:
That completes the two sets of six masks each. The "Red Passion" set is on the left and the "Pretty in Pink" set is on the right:
I am thrilled with how both came out!
Now I need to re-paint each of them and take step-by-step photos to build the patterns. I know some of you think I am crazy for doing that, but I really think the step-by-step photos are necessary so that even beginners can follow along and understand the process. That is just the way I am.
I also have some other cutting and orders to fill so it looks to be a very busy weekend ahead for me. But I will be happy because I will be doing what I love to do.
It is easy for me to fall into a 'relaxed' mode of operation, but I really need to keep things going at a good pace if I am to be happy with myself and accomplish all (or at least most) of what I want to do. Since I love what I do so much, it never really feels like 'work'. It is very much a privileged to be able to do what I do for a living.
With that said, I will keep things short for today. I wish you all a wonderful first weekend of 2015.
Happy Saturday to you!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"