Finishing one project and changing my mind

Fat sheep donation chosen!

This past week was filled with indecisions that finalized. What indecisions were on the table? Well, the donation for The Art Center’s Art for the Heart. I kept waffling between old and new ideas before settling on the Fat Sheep felted sculpture. I think it’s a better choice that the owl pictured below.

barn owl front view
side view of the barn owl creation

Sometimes I get rather wrapped up in a project that I’ve thought I would donate, then realize that it’s probably way above and beyond the set asking price, which is what’s happened with the Owl. It’s worth way more than the $75 price and I’m not feeling that generous.

As I was waffling, I started another project that’s now part of my Africa series. We will just call it the Colorful Hyena.

the start of the juvenile hyena colored pencil drawing
another step farther in the hyena process.

It’s amazing how crappy things look at the beginning of a piece and how layers and layers of color can help. I just keep plugging along and trying different things to see if I like the effect. Maybe by the end of next week it will be more resolved.

maybe magenta eventually?

I had hoped to do some dying over the week but never quite got there. Today, Saturday, I finally have a batch of wool cooking as I attempt to reach a magenta using hot fuchsia and violet. At least it’s a fun looking dye pot!

Artist Raymond Hunter and his wife doing finishing touches on the Ballerina

One more thing of note. I actually went to see the current show at The Arts Center in Corvallis. If you’re looking for color, you shouldn’t miss this show. “Vibrant Fiber: Quilts in the Colors of the Rainbow” is on display from Aug to September 26, 2021. I visited with my quilting sister Kim and she really enjoyed it too. We also had a chance to talk to sculptor Raymond Hunter who was touching up the Ballerina sculpture at Central Park. She was reinstalled this week (after vandals tried hard to destroy her) with vibrant bronze and the original patina on her dress. He fondly explained all the parts and processes she went through before the return to her beautiful home since 1979. Quite a process and we look forward to the return of the squirrel who was also vandalized with a sledgehammer.

I think that’s about all for the week of Aug 21 to Aug 28, 2021. On a weather note, we’re finally experiencing more comfortable temperatures but have a Red Flag warning today: Winds from the north with low humidity. That sort of weather pattern gave us the raging fires last year, but this won’t be as crazy. We are almost a year to date from that weather pattern.

Ok, signing off for now. Hope everyone has a good week stepping into September!

Published by paperstew

I'm an artist in Albany Oregon focusing on paper and natural objects for inspiration.

2 thoughts on “Finishing one project and changing my mind

  1. Always good to see what you are up to Gale. Your artist community amazes me. It must feel great to see so much art right in town. Okay I totally agree, your owl is way to exquisite for the price tag ($75) but lovely that you donated your sheep instead. Glad your weather has stabilized. Looking forward to seeing what creative endeavors you take on in the fall.

    Yes, so true, the first pass at most anything creative makes me question what I’m doing. I always think, step away and come back with fresh eyes (and attitude).

    1. It’s always good to hear from you Cathe! I’m feeling a bit ADD these days because everything looks like fun, yet so little time. Yes, the sheep donation was the best thing. Now I’m trying to figure out how to make another owl or creature with more “barn” wood.
      Thanks for your support!

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