Yesterday was a full day, but I wound up doing some unexpected things. One thing that I have learned over the years is that in order to have any success with owning your own business, you need to be flexible. While being organized as well as flexible don't always seem as if they work together, it sometimes takes some very creative thinking to make sure they do. I think it is necessary to keep things moving in a positive direction.
I started out yesterday planning to work on my "Layla" painting.
I am getting to the point of glazing, shading and finishing her up and I am quite anxious to see how she will come out. I then have the task of writing the instructions for her so that others can recreate her as well. Her pattern will be featured in the August issue of the online "Painting Ezine" magazine. This is the first time I have created a painting of this type to 'teach' and I am trying to be very careful about mapping my steps and making things understandable and orderly so others can recreate it. It is no small task.
However, I am happy to say that I have had several wood orders to fill for painters this week as well. I had a couple of my Haunted Carousel kits ordered as well as a variety of surfaces.
My big batch of carousel kits that I initially created has been depleted (that is a GOOD thing!) and I need to catch up on getting some in stock for the upcoming season. Until then, I will cut them to order, trying to squeeze a couple of extras in as I am cutting.
I did get everything finished though, and everything ordered will ship out the door today. I then plan to spend the rest of my day on Layla, so I should have some more photos here for you to see by tomorrow's post.
The Wildcat Sanctuary had posted a link to my blog the other day which showed the progressions of the Layla painting. I was thrilled that so many people commented and seemed to like it. It is odd, but I feel a bit embarrassed by the attention it got. I suppose when I come here and write each day I kind of forget that there are so many that read that I don't communicate with. It always feels as if I am talking with my friends here in the mornings. The good thing about it is that it makes me realize that I am helping bring awareness to The Wildcat Sanctuary and its cause.
I know that many of my followers also love animals, and I invite you to go visit the site and read about the wonderful rescue stories of the residents of the Sanctuary. Each animal has a story and each one will now live their life out in peace. It is a very worthy organization and there are many ways to donate and support them. I hope you consider it.
On a final note, I stumbled across another amazing story the other day. I can't really remember how I did, but it immediately caught my attention.
The story is about a woman named Vivian Maier, who was a nanny and an avid photographer. Upon her death, her possessions were sold at auction, as she never married and had no family to speak of. During her life, she took thousands of photographs of every day life. In 2007, John Maloof purchased a lot of undeveloped photos and negatives (in excess of 100,000) from a local thrift auction house on Chicago's Northwest side. Since then, he has championed her work and made it his life's mission to bring it to the public's eye.
You can read more about Vivian and see her hauntingly beautiful photos on this website: Vivian Maier Photography
Be sure to look at the portfolios and browse the wonderful photos. They are truly remarkable.
Last night, Keith and I watched the entire documentary on YouTube – Finding Vivian Maier.
It is just over an hour long, but it is really a fascinating story about someone who was very talented, yet eccentric. I think that many of my artist friends would really enjoy it. (Let me know what you think of it if you choose to watch it!)
Well, that will be all for today. I want to get an early start on some things today. It is another beautiful and sunny day here in Nova Scotia. (I say that a lot lately!) We are certainly making up for the harsh winter we had last year.
Have a beautiful 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"