Literally and figuratively, I think.
I had been hoping to find a block of time to return to my bears&boxes work. So, here just a few days before Christmas, I found it. Some people use their kitchen for baking this time of year. Oh well. It was exciting to bring my boxes out again. Usually, I work on one at a time, but with several ideas dancing around in my head, I plunged into working on three at a time – so far.
Two of them started out like this.
See that ‘Hand Made’ text there? I know it refers to the cigars, but I think it could also refer to the box. So apt I have wondered if I should leave it.
Then I had my husband split the lid on one of them because I wanted to try and create a piece that opened in the middle.
Last time I was working on a box, I got stuck on the outside and that halted all forward momentum. I had to put it away until I became unstuck. This time I started by adding texture to see where it might lead. Out came the mediums, gesso and paint.
This was so much fun to do,
I decided to break out the box I had gotten stuck on and add texture to it as well –
a different kind, but texture nonetheless. Bingo – just what it needed to move me forward.
I get truer color in the daylight so I generally quit when I lose the light, but now you know what I have been doing the last couple of days – and that is
washing my hands over and over and over.