Ahhhh the sweet taste of "progress"!
Like that first sip of coffee in the morning or the breathtaking beauty when the sun begins to illuminate the morning fog, it is something that sometimes causes us to just stop, take notice and enjoy.
I am especially aware of positive progress in my current painting because things have been a bit of a struggle for me in creating it. Not because what I am creating is particularly difficult, but because there have been a few obstacles in place along the way. Last week (as I mentioned) I wasn't feeling my best. It was hard to concentrate on what I was creating and I am happy that I had the presence of mind to take a step back and wait until I felt better before I continued with my work on this piece. I will admit to you, there have been more than a few times in this painting where I took a step forward and then had to back up, remove paint and re-do something. That is part of the designing process.
It isn't always crystal clear for me as to the order of steps I need to take or even the colors of paint to achieve the look I want. I am working with a couple of new products here, so there is somewhat of a learning curve that needs to be respected (by me!) and sometimes things progress slowly.
It bothers me sometimes just how slow things evolve. But I need to keep reminding myself that it isn't a race and that taking the time that is required to create something of quality is just part of the process. I also remind myself that when painting (or scroll sawing for that matter) others’ designs, the process is much quicker. That is an important idea that should by now be ingrained in my head, but somehow still isn't at times. One day I will learn . . .
Yesterday was a good day of progress on my "Black Cat Society" painting pattern. With the main characters satisfactory, all I have left to do are the finer details – and there are many of them! These are the little touches that will bring this project to life and make it truly special.
As I began the plaque yesterday, it was in this state:
While some may consider it 'done', I know I have much more in mind for it. These little elements will make it far more interesting and fun and hopefully add to its appeal.
I began by adding a vine hatband to the witches' hat.
I thought it brought some wonderful color and interest to it and fit in nicely. I still have some highlighting to do on the berries, but it looks pretty cool. I also added a crystal ball, as you see.
The second photo shows the iridescent glow a little better. I used the new Interference paint from DecoArt's Media Fluid Acrylic line and it gives the 'glass' ball a beautiful depth. That along with some Opal Dust makes the ball look transparent and deep. The pedestal that the ball is on is done in metallic gold as well, so it has a wonderful shine to it.
I also added a cool Gothic shelf up above and behind the cat.
This opens an array of possibilities for some wonderful accessories! The shelf is crackled like the window sill and panes, and looks pretty creepy and cool.
Just adding these few things really filled in the picture nicely:
. . . but I am not done yet! :)
I still have a few 'tricks' up my sleeve for this one. But I am pleased with how it is progressing.
I am back to feeling really good about it, and I am not even thinking about how long it is taking me to get it right. When I first pictured the scene in my head, it was very close to what has come to be. The fog is slowly lifting from my vision and it is becoming reality right before my eyes. Like MAGIC!
I don't know how far I will get today. Perhaps I will be close to the finish line. Maybe not for another day or so. I will see how things unfold before me and allow them to dictate the pace. I think that is the best way to let it happen.
I hope you enjoy seeing these progressions. I also hope that they help you understand what goes into creating a design of this type. While I can only be sure of my own process, I know that for me, it is a series of trial and error steps (and yes – there are errors!) that need to be carefully considered and implemented. There is just no quick way to do it. But that is the fun part of the process, and I thrive on it.
We have a cooler and hazy morning here in Nova Scotia. I can't figure out if it will burn off and the sun will come out or not. I am thinking it will. After the warm, humid air of the past couple of days, I find it is a welcome change.
I wish you all a beautiful day today. Have fun and do something creative.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"