Hey people. My day started off pretty dang nice. This lady stopped me outside Target and said, "Excuse me, I just had to tell you, you look so lovely, with your pretty scarf and all the bracelets and everything. You really look nice." I could hardly believe it! It was funny because just before I left I thought, "Oh what the hell. I have this scarf and it takes two seconds to whip it on. Might as well."
Anyway, this lady was pretty cool to risk approaching a total stranger just to brighten my day a little. I'm going to remember that for a while and try to pass on the niceness vibe.
Art-wise I've been bizzzzeh people. Every single thing I've done this week has taken at least 3 times longer than I thought it would. Exhibit A-- deer legs. They look pretty good here, and I went to bed feeling like ~the king of deer legs~ (said in echo-y announcer voice). But alas, the next day I realized the hooves were too small for the scale of the entire animal, and those hocks--- too horsey!
Thank God for google image search. I took a little deer foot anatomy lesson and at least figured out what went wrong. I had to remake the two that had taken me about a day and a half to figure out, and make 2 more. I'm STILL putting the finishing touches on, and it's the end of the week!
But, it'll be worth it. The feet of an animal or bird are an important detail. You get that right, everything builds from there and comes out WAY better. I'm expecting framing in the body to go super fast this weekend. The head will be like the feet-- a detail that will take some finessing, but getting it right will make all the difference.
The project I'm working on has to be kept a bit secret until I present it to the potential client. Once I do I can spill all the beans, but until then you just get snippets. Suffice to say, this project is taking me farther out of my art box than I have ever been. Well, scratch that, having to learn stained glass was probably farther out, but still, lots of new territory.
I work off sketches. I like to do multiple poses while I decide what I'm going to make. I like a lot of movement and *life* in my pieces. For this I needed some more static, juvenile images too, that are instantly recognizable.
These will be massed together in sort of a puzzle-piece collage. That's about all I can tell you for now. (Can you tell how old-school I am? Pencil & paper; cutting pieces out and moving them around, etc etc?)
After this week my hands, eyes, and brain were fried, and I still have to weld my butt off for the next 4 straight days to meet a deadline.
After calling it a day-- I needed a restoration break-- to the woods! It was kind of gross and hot, but I enjoyed just hiking around a little and prepping some stuff for our Mon night work session. It put some air back in my tires just being over there. Ahhhh.
I even read about riders who actually take their inside foot off the pedal on a turn, and hang their leg forward w/o touching the ground to help their bike corner better. Lots don't do this, because their feet are clipped in, but I'm guessing they are able to shift a hip forward or something to kind of get a similar effect. Anyway, now when I've been going into turns I'm thinking way more-- Shift a hip? Hang a leg? Feather the break? Analysis paralysis has bitten me in the butt a few times and I've found myself having to grab the brake and skid to avoid trees etc.
As predicted, I will always always have more to learn about this and challenge myself with. I love it, and hope I am able keep forming a tribe I can ride with, expanding it.