The weak get lazy. I know that isn't how this old adage usually goes, but I confess it usually goes the lazy way for me, at least it did last year. This year, I'm challenging myself to pursue excellence, despite a sagging art market. I'm following the advice found in Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland. So, no lazy short cuts for my current doll project, which is now stretching into it's tenth work day and is about 40% complete.
The present stage leaves me with several good paper clay masks, dry and ready to experiment with.
These first prototypes are always so rough looking and are often lopsided and not well stitched. Things seem to proceed so slowly. I tear things out and redo them, often. It's discouraging. This is the danger stage for "lazy". I could get distracted easily. I'm loving the idea of making birds like the ones made by Abby Glassenberg . I think I even hear them taunting me, chirping my name.
For now, I'm marching on, straightforward, with purpose, determined to finish.... no matter what it takes. Stay tuned for a birthday, sometime, in the hopefully near future.