this is the piece I've been working on -- or more exactly re-working
yesterday I finished re doing the face, but the eyes are still not quite right
I usually don't have UFOs (Un Finished Objects) in my studio -- mainly because I either finish the piece or get rid of it, but I'm pretty invested in this piece, even though I'm not totally happy with it
and usually I have at least two (or more) pieces going at once so that I can work back and forth between things when I run into this kind of issue -- but because I've worked on pretty much nothing except Christmas gifts since the first of November, I don't have anything else actually "in process" right now
so after determining last night that this was not working for me, I decided to work on beginning at least one more piece
which resulted in these two drawings
this abstract piece began as a "doodle" that I did in a little notebook that I carry in my purse -- originally it was a pen and ink drawing of random shapes in black and white
blowing it up and printing it on a full sheet of paper and then using colored pencils to play with different ideas resulted in this "color wheel"
I'll need to figure out how big I want this to be so I can print out the pattern then it will be off to the fabric stash to find some fabrics to do this with
and this drawing, based on a photo I took back in November in our back yard
this one too needs to have some decisions made about sizing
these both give me something immediate to concentrate on while my subconscious works on the problem with the dog piece
and this piece is somewhere in the future
but given the issues I'm having with the current dog piece, I'm deferring this one while I work out the "how tos"
and I'm wondering if I can do something with this picture too
I've learned my lesson -- even when I have Christmas projects to
work on, I need to keep working on my art projects too, to prevent this
sort of artistic "break down" in the future
yesterday I finished unpacking all the goodies that I brought home from our Christmas gathering
my daughter got a new drawer unit to store her scrapbook tools and supplies in, which meant she had a couple of drawer units she had outgrown -- which she let me have
I did have all of this thread in one big plastic container, which made finding something specific time consuming, so being able to sort them out this way should make that process a little easier
my family got me some very cool goodies for Christmas -- art supplies, inspirational reading, new tools for projects and some other neat stuff
it will be fun to put all of these to good use!