It's been a month.
I went from having the the flu at the end of March to Sofie being sick with a nasty cold and then I got that cold as well!
Three-plus weeks of at least one of us feeling under the weather. When we were finally all better we found ourselves far behind.
And the weather itself. OK, I am a HUGE fan of inclement weather. Rain, snow, wind etc but it has been raining just about very day since I got back from my trip. Yesterday was the first sunny day we had in weeks and it was glorious! I mean, it's May! I definitely get a reverse SADS effect when it is sunny every day for stretches and I wasn't exactly feeling blue in the rain, it's just taking walks, errands etc etc become sooo unbearable after a while and you find yourself waiting for a break in the weather or just for it to be raining not as hard. :)
I've enjoyed many aspects of the last month despite the illness. Things like reading more and having time to peruse things I never seem to find the time to look into.
Yesterday an article on a Han Dynasty tomb that was recently unearthed while a subway was being constructed in China caught my eye. Inside the tomb, that of a mildde aged woman, they found four 1/6th scale weaving looms complete with all the accompanying tools for weaving in miniature as well. Even cinnabar-dyed thread strung on the loom for weaving. Add to that the number of carved figures, male and female, each with a name engraved upon them and also to scale.
That sent me to Pinterest and down the rabbit hole which led quickly into all sorts of my usual searched for dolls, ancient fabrics, sculpting tips, fantasy art etc etc.
I realized it had been months since I have allowed myself that sort of down time to just seek out inspiring things. New things. Undiscovered things.
Sometimes I try to keep myself from diving into the new because my "to-do" list of ideas is so long, so unending that I will never get to them all as it stands right now. But I've come to accept that that's ok. The whole list may not get done. I can add things to it as the new ideas reshape and reform the older ones.
Mostly, I need that new inspiration. It keeps the creative fire going inside and I am never more in tune with my own creative self than when I feel like I have multiple, unexplored ideas orbiting my head like moons! It pushes me to go beyond what I already do. Try new avenues and explore the possibilities.
It's funny too how easy it is to forget that. Like I have to deprive myself to get the full hit again when I rediscover the truth in it. lol
What inspires you? What pattern does inspiration take in your world? Are you an active seeker or does it hit you randomly?
Well, the month is over and I am excited about the one to come. I'll be back with more posts and catching up on comments soon but here is just a small peek at a few of my latest April creations. :)
Here's to hoping you've been inspired of late and that the month ahead will be filled with it for you as well!
|New Adobe Fairy House|
|Wepwawet, similar to Anubis but the not as well known member of the Jackal Cult of ancient Egypt.|
|I've ventured into more original pieces in the Shadow of the Sphinx shoppe such as this winged Auset Throne Altar Piece.|
|Tiny Village on a Resin Garden Bench.|
|Slight variation on the Jizos in the shoppe with a Swarovski pearl in the flower center.|
|Another Mushroom Fairy House. I really never tire of making these. ;)|
|Custom Nephthys statue from April's requests.|
|Custom Seshat also completed in April for a lovely customer.|
|I rarely "paint" statues anymore, preferring the aging patinas instead but this idea intrigued me. |
Indigo and Silver patina sponge finish on a Seker statue.
|Request for 8 of our little groundhogs for a birthday cake! How could we refuse? :)|
PS: Next post: Secrets and what I miss most of the of the days before the internet.