I was hoping to have this piece finished by now but as the saying goes, life happens. My pens dried out so I had to order more, these hives keep going away and then coming back, another loss of a relative and other pressing family needs, sometimes get in the way of being able to just sit down and draw. On the good side, with what I’ve finishes so far, I think I’m getting better at doing feathers. I see myself doing more birds in the future. 😁
I took a brief break from working on my “Eagle” drawing to carve up this gift for a friend of the family. This will officially be my last carving. Although I really enjoyed doing these, over the last year my enthusiasm has waned and my focus has been more on my drawing, which is what I want to be known for. To add to making this decision was the challenge of getting the materials.
I don’t keep carving materials on hand due to space hence the need for ordering which I only do when I get a request or whenever I feel like doing carving project.
Originally this gift was supposed to be a 12×12 mandala. Michael’s nor Amazon carry 12×12 linoleum blocks so I have to order them from a wholesaler. So I put my order in but after 2 1/2 weeks of being in the dark on my order for the materials from the wholesaler, I ended up having to cancel and make different arrangements. Apparently they didn’t have the supplies but wouldn’t bother to let me know that. At this point I had to inform my customer, who had already put in a down payment on the project. Fortunately she was flexible and chose as a second option the “Peace, Harmony & Love ” design of Chinese characters I had on file. I was relieved because I hate to disappoint people and plus I knew I could easily go to Michael’s and pick up supplies. So I went to Michael’s the next day. They were out. 😖 Talk about immediate frustration. So I checked Amazon. One 5×7 linoleum block on Amazon cost twice as much as it did at my local Michael’s store. It was ridiculous. Luckily the Michael’s website had access to the inventory to all Michael’s within a 50 mile radius of my zip code. So online I was able to find a Michael’s that had the supplies I needed. It was a 30 minute drive away. I was able to get the blocks but it was on my drive back that I realized I didn’t have enough enthusiasm or interest anymore to go through this kind of ordeal again just to do a carving. So that’s when I decided that this would be the last one. And frankly, I’m happy about my decision because honestly my heart is in drawing and that’s what I want to focus my energy and attention on. 😌
Had another flare up of hives over the last 36 hours. I thought I was in the clear but I guess I’m still battling this issue. I know with care this will eventually pass but in the meantime it’s really been sapping my energy and focus so I’ve been a bit slow working on my current drawing but I have at least gotten started.
I have to admit, stippling feathers are a bit intimidating to me so I did need a day to work up my nerve. Doing drawings of animals can really stretch your skills. In one drawing you might have to figure out how to do scales and fins. Another it might be fur. Yet in another it’s feathers. I sometimes have to spend a day just looking at my base drawing and trying to figure out how am I going to attack it and then jump in and get started. Some drawings do require a lot of thought and planning before I can lay the first drop of ink. For the most part that aspect of art creation comes as second nature and is usually worked out as I’m doing my base drawing. But there are those, like with this piece, that may need an extra day or two of thought of planning or gathering of courage. 😌
Hope everyone had a pleasant holiday. For the most part I did, if I over look the bout of hives I battled with for two weeks. This is the second time in six years I’ve dealt with this. They come late at night and be gone by morning. And just like the first time around, my physician couldn’t find anything wrong with me. I suspect they were triggered by too much of something in my diet since they started to flare up less when I cut back to a basic diet consisting of small meals of whole foods with no sweets, dairy or processed meats. Unfortunately that went out the window once Thanksgiving came and like clock work I was back to being covered in hives, which seemed to validate my suspicion that it’s triggered by my diet. I’m better and up to 80% functional. The past two days I’ve been catching up on sleep that I missed out on but I also managed to get the base drawing started for my next project, a beautiful bird of prey, the Eagle. ☺
My latest piece is now complete and yes, I named it after that 80s sitcom featuring the late John Ritter. These little creatures are so cute that I’m tempted to do another drawing of tree frogs but I think I might save that for a little later. I don’t want to over do it on the amphibians.