Hey people. Just would like to clear up a misconception about *new idea*-- that being that I'm quitting what I currently do. I'm still going to do metal sculptures, until I physically can't, like when I'm super old or whatever.
*New idea* is just a way to alleviate some of the financial pressure from that end of my art biz, so that when my hands start to get fried I can just take a break instead of having to keep going knowing I'm doing damage etc. It's also fun to try out new stuff and go down new trails. I think it's good for our brains to always be learning new things. :)
As I'm working on commissions right now too, I'm reminded what a pain it is working in my tiny shop, that has no running water, in winter. It would be awesome to just do this seasonally, when I can open the doors to the fresh air, spread stuff out on saw horses outside, and have the garden hose handy for all the painting I do. Oh well, in the meantime I'm making due with my limited space, poor air quality, and spray bottles.
I'm still having fun though. Today one thing i made was this little kayak. It's really hard to do tiny welds on super thin material. I like the welding. It reminds me I'm actually pretty good at something.
Now I'm just taking the same lesson and applying it to *new idea*. I'm scared-- of judgement/criticsm, the unfamiliar technology/skill, and failing. But this time around I'm giving myself the time to learn about it. *New idea* will be something I am learning and working on alongside my regular job of sculpting for now. Maybe someday it will be successful and take some of the load off the shop work.
But I'd never quit doing that entirely. Too many cool ideas I haven't had a chance to make yet.