Friday, August 9, 2013

It is Endearing, but Frustrating.

Today I had both the delight and mild frustration that is working with a 9 year old in your studio.  It is interesting to suddenly open the doors to your private space to a child.  Where older folks understand boundaries and can read by my facial expression when it is okay to talk and when it might be better not to, it seems that a 9 year old has issues with these things.  It made me really think of the times that I would hang over my dad's shoulder while he was trying to do any number of gunsmith projects.  Strangely it was kind of nice.  Despite the interruptions I was still able to get five pieces worked out today and I am quite pleased with them. 

I am hoping to maybe get a little more done tonight when I get home from MY LAST NIGHT WORKING AT THE DELI!!!  I apologize.  I was a little excited to say that.  It will be nice to be done there.  Hopefully I will have more work to share later tonight.

Here are the pieces that I worked up today, either way.

I think I am on a good track for Picnic.  A couple more fruitful days and I will have jockeyed for some very good position.  Keep up.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

What We Do.

The last several weeks have been a flurry of work (the out of studio kind), emotions, and sleep deprivation.  It is nice that everything is finally quieting down.  I really need it to in order to function with any regularity.  Picnic is fast approaching and I have very little which is completed to take with me.  I have a start and I know what I intend to make, so I am not as worried as maybe I should be, but I've been in this position before.  I don't think that worrying about it is going to make any difference.  I know what I need to do and I know when I will do it.  Now is about the time that I start to really work on things and today was a good studio day.

It is interesting to think about the two ways in which I reach the high for studio work.  Of late I have been seeing a pretty little lady and in the past I have often had a lot of time to work.  Both seem to affect my work in positive ways.  I feel more confident in my actions both if I feel confident about myself socially or if I have been practicing day in and day out.  I wonder if I don't need this balance though?  Is it not necessary for me to be socially okay in order to make good work?  I think it is.  And so, over the course of about four hours this afternoon I put together five small pieces.  It felt good and I am confident in the results. 

I love these little library card pieces.  I have about five or six more that I will be making.  After that it is on to some more small pieces on chip board.  I don't think that I am going to take anything to Picnic that costs more than $25.  Hopefully folks will clean me out.

Life is going well.  Expect more posts soon.  I can feel the creative impulse trying to burst out again.  It's good to have the batteries feeling re-charged.