A productive day...

The baby birds have hatched! I worked on them this morning, and now have a system down in my mind for making them. When I know I will be making a lot of something, I like to know exactly how big the initial clay blob should be, size of beak, etc. The hours that went into designing them is now rewarded by quick and easy (kindof) baby birds at my finger tips.

Here they are in the 'protection' phase. I protect ALL of my work with a product that I get from the states called Nikolas Lacquer. It is the same product used on musical instruments (not wood!) to protect the finish. This keeps any of the antiqued finishes intact, and keeps the plain silver finishes from showing tarnish. Of course, it will eventually wear away from jewelry, but at that time, regular cleaners can be used to remove tarnish.

I got an interesting question yesterday from a follower and I thought others might be interested in my response. She asked how I get all of this done. After I answered her (I am just FAST....that's it) I realized that there was another major reason for all of this work happening that I have just always taken for granted. I literally spend 100's of hours IN MY HEAD designing my pieces and figuring out the design steps. Before I ever sit down and start using my hands, I have already built the piece NUMEROUS times in my head. Yes, after putting my hands to it, I still need to experiment for days, but 75% of the work has been done in my head. I'm kindof fortunate because this activity goes on in my brain even while watching TV and especially when I first lay down to sleep. I love the first 15 mins laying in the dark at bedtime because I actually say to myself "OK, now you get to have totally interrupted time to think about the birds".

I believe this is what helps me so much when I do shows as well. I will literally run though the entire set-up in my head as I am packing, so I have everything together that needs to be together, and don't forget anything. I also do this with classes....I will create the sample piece in my head, and as I see myself preparing my space, getting out the clay, rolling, cutting, etc....I gather all parts and tools involved and lay them at my seat. This way I'm not just higgly piggly thinking..."Oh, I need this, and this and this". I believe this is the same sort of technique that athletes use to envision their race or event from start to finish so they feel totally confident with the outcome....VICTORY!! Ok....I'm talkin about an art show, not the Olympics, but I can dream:)

If you know me you know exactly what I'm talking about. I often zone out, not because of disinterest, but sometimes because I simply can't continue what I'm thinking about without totally zoning out. Funny, about 5 years ago I was in some sort of exercise class, and all of the sudden I heard the teacher saying "sue.....sue.......SUE". I was standing still in the middle of the class looking at some poster up near the ceiling totally engrossed in some aspect of it. Doesn't bother me at all, and I figure it's entertaining for those around me, so I'll keep it up:)

I also wonder if this is why I connected soooooo strongly with Anne Geddes documentary on the creation of her 'beginnings' series featuring nests and such. You can clearly see when she's looking at a scene she has set up, she is totally in her own head, zoned out. I have never seen that before in anyone except my uber-creative older son and it just had such a familiar feeling to it.....Ahhhhhhh......I've found my own people:)

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