Thanks for all of your responses on my Magic Mushroom. I did it with Marilyn Radzat's class at my website but still have to finish it. Here is the outside view as it sits on my worktable. My plans are to finish painting the rock path and edging (sculpted from Apoxie Sculpt) and add reindeer moss to the gourd base between the paths. I also have some mini mushrooms going to put on the base. It measures about 13" high.
Inside top of my "Magic Mushroom" One of my Works in Progress
WIPs (Works in Progress)
This seems to be a common aggravation of many artists and crafters: We start many things that we don't finish.
I think that there are two reasons that we don't finish projects:
The amount of work needed to finish the work is overwhelming. Maybe we didn't realize how much work would be required when we started.
We have simply lost interest and love for the project. There are no points here for finishing for the sake of finishing. If you don't love it, you are wasting your time.
I haveseveral of WIPs myself and I actually had to let a lot of the old ones go. I chalk those projects up to a learning experience. I had to come to terms with the fact that I didn't have the passion to finish them. There is nothing wrong with letting an old project go because you're actually making room for the new projects that you will create with your honed skills.
For the projects that you do still love and want to finish, my suggestion is this:
1. Make a list of the projects that you still love and want to finish. (If you have too many, try to let a few go. It feels good to give away or simply throw away things that you don't love). 2. Place a checkmark by the one that you want to finish the most or at least first. 3. Ask yourself what one small thing you can do to progress on that project. So many times we become overwhelmed by the amount of work that we must put into a work to finish it. We can go under the radar of overwhelm by thinking of one tiny, little step to finish. And only do that tiny little step. 4. Repeat step 3 until your project is done. 5. Repeat steps 1-4.
It was Georgia O'Keefe's work that led me into the dream that I could be a full-time artist. In 1989, I saw an exhibition of her work, my very first trip to an art museum. My head swam with visions of her art and I something in me harmonized with her work and led me to know that Art was my passion. Her Poppies paintings are particularly favorites of mine and inspire me to look inside to my own expression.
I made it back home after more than a week away. I don't leave again until next Monday. I have a class to teach in Placerville on the 9th. This is the project that I'm teaching. It's made from a gourd and I call it the Jeweled Leaf Bowl.
I spent most of the first days in bed with the flu, along with my grandson and daughter. Good thing her husband was away and that her bed was big enough for us sickies. We did some art, Bubbies (that's me) got on the skateboard with the kids several times (no pics to prove it, though), and I hit up a neat craft store, a bead store, and a cool little gallery called the Shabby House.
Here are a couple of projects that I worked on: A Dogwood Blossom pendant
And one of the two bracelets that I finished in Boise:
Here's the promised picture of my niece, Teagan Rose, and also my grandson Jake.
On Sunday, after my daughter's baby shower, my best friend Cathy and I set off from California to Boise to make it to the birth of her daughter. My daughter also lives in Boise as well as two of my grandsons.
Have you ever taken a road trip with a best friend?
We've travelled a lot together, mostly flying. This was our first really big road trip after being friends for 34 years! We were punchy, laughed a lot, and arrived after 13 hours of driving with just a few stops.
One stop in Oregon was a little like Deliverance. Scary!
Through Winnemucca Nevada (Had never heard of it!)
To St Lukes in Boise
We got there in time to see the baby born. I was able to help Lindsay, who I consider my niece, with pushing. See, I used to be a Doula for many many years. It's as natural as breathing for me when I get around a laboring woman!
Pics of the baby in my next post. Her name is Teagan Rose.
I plan to scope out some boutiques while I'm here and show what Boise has to offer.
Tell me about a road trip you took with a friend, okay?
Harold and Jodi Bauman of Mississippi founded Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots in 1996. They were on vacation in Oaxaca and although they loved the area, they were disturbed to find that so many children were out selling little trinkets in the parks and on the streets during school and nightime hours. Since the founding of the organization which helps by sponsoring children so that they can go to school, they have helped many many children and their families. they have added a medical and food assistance program.
Oaxaca's poorest families cannot afford education, basic health care, or a nutritious meal for their children. Government services are minimal and difficult to access. Education is not "free" in Mexico as it is in the US, so the poorest often must choose between feeding their children or sending them to school.
The Cigar box Shrine Auction begins on March 1st but you won't actually be able to go in to bid on the auction until it begins.
This was taken in January with my camera in its trusty underwater case! This was a beautiful day on the Big Island near Kona and I got in the middle of some schools of fish: it was a heavenly feeling.
Here are a couple more:
Doesn't this one remind you of a Jaws scene....just before the music starts? It was actually very rocky here so people are taking care of their feet but it looks like it could have been a shark swimming around! Poor random people, have no idea they're in my little bloggie here.