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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1602: Nearing the Finish on This One

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-06-2015 12:24 PM 850 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1601: Progress! Part 1602 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1603: The Black Cat Society »

Today's post will be short. (Really!)  It seems that the past couple of days, I have awaken to a lot of emails that need my attention. I have spent much of the morning working on that and I am anxious to get to finishing up my latest painting. Then on to writing the packet. 



I made good progress yesterday, adding details and thinking about the finishing touches that I will add today to complete it. I am pleased with how it looks, and feel good about it in general. 



I have enjoyed hearing the feedback from people regarding the piece. There have been both positive comments, as well as some things that people said they would change. Keith mentioned that he thinks things look 'too deliberate'. Another comment mentioned that she preferred it with fewer objects.  



This is good.  



My goal as a designer isn't just to offer designs to copy exactly, but to also evoke thought and offer a base so that others can use their own preferences and creativity and have fun with the elements given. I could never expect everyone who sees my designs to like them exactly 'as is.' 



I often receive questions from customers asking if it was "OK" to alter my designs. My answer is always "Of course you can!" I actually enjoy seeing others' takes on my original ideas. I only ask that you don't claim them as your own if they are derivatives of my work. That is only fair. 



Since I am in the final stages of the painting, I am only going to show you a little hint of what I added yesterday:



There are some cool additional 'final touches' that I will be adding today as well. But you will just have to wait to see them. (Yes – I can be mean!)  But I hope the wait will be worth it. 



I also wanted to mention in today's post that Keith has added a new pattern for a set of Classic Filigree Ornaments to the site:



The link to them is here: SLDK600 Classic Filigree Ornament Pattern.



It is our first of many new holiday patterns we hope to add to our site. We hope you enjoy them.



Today is another bright and sunny day. It seems a little cooler than the previous few days, which is much more comfortable. All in all, it has been a really nice summer. 



I wish you all a wonderful Thursday.  

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 12:36 PM

Sheila, Does the Crescent and star hold any particular significance to you or the painting? And, I notice that what appear to be arm bones supporting the candle platform unique thoughts. Have a productive day, please.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 12:40 PM

Hi, Russell:
No – they are just symbols that I see with a lot of ‘spooky’ stuff. I am hoping that people see these designs as fun and not place too much significance into the ‘dark’ side of them. I view Halloween and spooky stuff at face value and don’t tie anything deeper into it.

Yes – the handle of the candle is a skeletal arm. I believe I saw one somewhere and it stuck with me. I thought it would be kind of fun to go with the spooky tone of the plaque.

Thanks for your thoughts. I am glad you stopped by. :)

Have a wonderful day yourself!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Celticscroller

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 04:29 PM

The additions to the painting look great. I like the way you have painted the liquids in the bottles. Your talent is never ending! Keith’s ornaments are beautiful. I love his filigree patterns.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 08-07-2015 02:49 PM

Thank you, Anna. For some of the glass (like the bottles and the crystal ball) I used the DecoArt Fluid Media acrylics. I also used them for some of the glazing and shading. They are wonderful because they are transparent and tone the paintings without making them look chalky. I really like these products.

I am glad you like it. :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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