You know – there are days when I really do get mixed up! (Yes – I know! Some of you think EVERY day!)
With all the different things I am doing and all the calendars, dates and reminders that I give myself, sometimes things do happen to slip by my steel trap of a mind. I suppose I am only human!
Last autumn, I created a painting pattern that turned out to be one of my favorites. It was a bit 'darker' than my usual cheerful pieces, but I think that is what I liked about it most. The name of the piece is "Nevermore" and I created both a scroll sawn layered version as well as a painted piece of the plaque. As you can imagine, it was inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe poem "The Raven".
While I liked the scrolled version, I really LOVED the painted version much more. It was dark and dreary and mysterious and something that I would proudly hang in my own home. My own prototype was given to my daughter, Danielle. She expressed how much she loved it right off the bat and let's face it – I am a mom – and I was more than happy to send it her way.
I had originally created the piece for the August issue of Interactive Artists Magazine, which is an online publication for painters. Because of that, there was a holding period where I needed to wait until after a length of time until I could sell the pattern on my own. I was used to that, as I worked with magazines (both online and print) for many, many years and as a habit, I just 'forgot' about putting the pattern on my site. It just got tucked away in the archives of my patterns and there it sat.
But the other day, someone mentioned it to me and I went to look for it on my site and lo and behold – it wasn't there. It was only then that I realized that I never converted the pattern into PDF format or put the piece on my site. So I spent the day yesterday doing just that.
After not seeing the pattern or reading the instructions for several months, coming back to it was a nice surprise. I am actually pretty proud of how detailed, yet simple the instructions are.(You can order the packet here: SLDP223 "Nevermore" Painting Pattern) Sometimes when we are in the midst of meeting deadlines or things of that nature, we tend to 'look through' what we are doing and are focused on just getting the job done. We aren't able to really appreciate or enjoy what we are creating. But I was pleased with this one. It breaks down each step to make the process simple. I am rather proud of it.
The pattern packet itself turned out to be 19 pages with 30 color photos. It isn't that big because it is difficult, but because I wanted to clearly guide the painter through the process. Many baby steps are far easier than taking big leaps, I believe. I think this is the best way to teach.
I posted the announcement on one of my painting groups last night and I already have several orders for patterns and kits. (I am also providing the wood surface for the plaque). I am surprised at how many, actually, as I had forgotten that people were waiting for the release. But I am happy with the response nonetheless.
We are updating the website today, as well as sending out a newsletter. Those of you who are on our Mailing List should receive a newsletter later on today. After I get that done, I will be cutting wood kits and hopefully I will get them out by tomorrow. At least the ones that were ordered last night.
I sure do appreciate the response from everyone on this. I have some pretty cool ideas for more designs that are on the 'darker side' and if you like this, I think you will enjoy them as well.
I also wanted to thank you all for your kind words of encouragement yesterday regarding my 'Artist of the Month' recognition. I was quite overwhelmed with all the kind words you said on my Facebook and I am very humbled. It is a great life when you can do something that you love passionately and people appreciate you so much as well. It truly makes me happy. (So happy in fact that I won't even complain about the three inches of new SNOW that I woke to this morning!)
This last week has been rather quiet for me design-wise. I feel as if I have been in a lull. I don't know if it is because of the holiday, or if I just needed a step away for a bit. But this exercise of creating this packet has reminded me of the love I have for doing what I do. It has ignited my desire to create more like it (and I have some wonderful ideas along these lines!)
Thank you all for making my 'job' such a pleasure. I truly enjoy it every day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"