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This week's Diva challenge was to again tangle with our non-dominant hand. Last year, I kept to simple tangles and really enjoyed the process. This year, I decided that I wasn't going to allow my "handicap" stop me from doing the tangles I wanted. I chose four of my favorites: Purk, BTL JUS, Crescent Moon, and Hollibaugh and began. I figured if I took it slowly and focused, everything would turn out beautiful. How foolish!
I had worked on this for about 45 minutes when one of my friends commented, "That looks tedious." All I could think of to say was, "Yes, it is." I then tried to explain about the Diva challenge and how the left hand is connected to the right brain, etc, but the damage was done. This is one person who will probably never "get it." Oh, well. These are the same ladies who watch me tangle every week and after 4 weeks, this was the first comment anyone has made on what I was doing.
This challenge was an eye-opener for me in that I could really relate to those people who've told me, "I could never do that." I know they COULD, but if their work isn't up to their own ideals, they wouldn't enjoy the process. At least that is what I discovered.
Stamp Carving 101 Update
I find that the process of stamp carving gets me in the same state of mind as when I tangle. I relax and lose all track of time. It is only when I do a test print and see all of the uneven lines and extra bits that don't belong, I'm frequently frustrated because my results do not meet my expectations. By the time I "clean up" my stamps, there is practically nothing left any more and I wish I could go back to its previous state. Just like with carving a flute, there is no eraser in stamp cutting.
I really liked Julie's advice this week. She said, "You have to accept the imperfections." I think this is the mark of a good teacher. Without even meeting me (since this is an online class), she was able to anticipate what my frustration would be and give us the advice we needed.
Art Class Advice Needed
One area of art that is pure fun with no frustrations (yet) is my painting class. I finished my second flower, a daylily, and like it even better that my orchid. I've decided to actually hang this, but I can't decide what color frame would be best. Thanks to the wonder of Photoshop, I was able to test a few out and I have it narrowed down to three choices.
|or deep red?|
I hope you all have an art-filled, frustration-free weekend... Cris