Before I begin this post, let me say thank you for all the many kind comments and personal responses to The Reading Tree featured in my last post. When I go down one of these artistic rabbit holes and come out the other side, it’s a good feeling to find out that I haven’t wasted time on an ill-conceived adventure.
People wonder how I come up with these ideas. I do too. Really. In its own way it does seem sort of magical. I think many people who pursue creative endeavors probably feel the same way. I often think it’s not quite right for me to take all the credit for an idea that comes as a gift.
Speaking of ideas, this one did not come fully formed and waiting for me to conjure it into existence. It started with a vague sort of plan to make something like a terrarium using a Mason jar and a solar powered lighted lid. I wasn’t sure it could be done well. Done – yes, maybe. Done well? Not for certain.
Some months after the initial idea, I drew this very rough sketch. I rather liked the concept. It’s easy to like something until you have to figure out how to make it work. For example, assuming the scene could be created – you know, roots, earth, tree - precariously balanced, how would I get them in the jar?
I know it’s hard to tell from that funky drawing on a scrap piece of paper, but my sketch didn’t really address that issue. Along came the next round of doubt.
As you can see there was a time interval between the initial idea and the sketch. There was another lapse of time between refining the idea and beginning the project. And I worked on the project in little snippets due to other commitments. It wasn’t my preferred way but I accept that it happens that way sometimes.
With every bit of progress, came one of the following thoughts:
I’m not sure this can be done.
Is this at all possible?
What have I gotten myself into?
This can’t be done.
While I had many doubts, the time lapses allowed me to ponder the next steps before I actually began to work on them. I could turn things around in my head, do research, try techniques and make small prototypes of the various sections. (Prototype - That’s the word I like to use when the first one isn’t up to snuff).
As I moved along on this project two things happened. I kept thinking this can’t be done and I grew more determined to prove that it could. It’s a bit of a bizarre existence.
So I am trying to learn to go with the flow, to not give up and to accept that some things just take time. Also, that maybe a little bit o’ crazy isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
P.S. The Reading Tree has a found a new home. As always, it doesn’t hurt to ask if something you see here on bearbits is available. That’s how The Reading Tree found a home. Someone asked. Oh and here are a few photos of what’s on my desk at the moment. Are these indicators of my next project? I don’t know for sure but they are on my “list” of things I want to work with.
Can you believe it? These fell under the category of “nail décor” in the store. With all the glue and stuff I use around here, they won’t decorate my nails but they’ll be useful if only for their containers. And the lightbulb in front? What was I thinking? I hope I wrote it down somewhere. Hey there little dinosaur. What’s up?