Overall for the day, I've done pretty well. Right now I'm struggling to stay focused and avoid distractions ... gee, like doing a quick blog post ... but I was starting to get kind of fried and needed a bit of a break ... so I figure this is still being productive ... well, sort of.
I just now read today's horoscope ...
Don't go out today if you can avoid it, dear Sagittarius. This is too perfect a moment to pursue solitary activities, such as meditation and the study of scripture and other spiritual works. This is also just the time for artistic inspiration, so you won't want to be very far from the tools of your trade. Relax and let your mind go; whatever you do may seem to be propelling itself.
well, sort of.
I tend to read my horoscope at the end of the day, rather than the beginning. Funny thing is, I've usually done just what it suggests - all on my own. When I read them later I confirm that my intuition is steering me in the right direction and that some part of me instinctively knows how to proceed.
Happily, the new work is coming together; I'm starting to edit, see what's missing.
Today's favorite pieces ...
And I'm thrilled with how these have come together - multi strand cord with mondo focal components. The finishing on the first couple of incarnations was just too messy, so I decided to make some end caps. I wanted very clean details - the sheen of the 10 strands of silk cord and neatly finished closure - to contrast with the seriously rustic cubes. There's two more versions - cylinders and my vertebrae looking rings, and two more colors, black and charcoal gray. Did I mention how much I love the silk cord?
And then, yesterday I was trying out a couple of component ideas - big focal pendants. They're hollow, formed over thin cork clay cores. There are some gaps and holes in them (intentional), so while tumbling they collected some water. I put them in the oven to dry them out and, when I took them out this is what I saw ...
This is the residue from the oval pendant, a perfect ghost of the original - it looks like a print, but brushed away like dust - one of those little moments of wonder that I try not to take for granted.
Well this worked out very nicely ... I'm finishing up just in time to start working on dinner and then a movie - Becoming Jane - we've heard good things, so we'll just have to wait and see.
ttfn with many blessings - kvk
p.s. what I'm listening to ... Stellamara