Well, it feels good to have started a project and completed that project. Who knows, maybe that is why fate left a lonesome chair on the street for me to find! In my current frame of mind, I seem to be reading signs into things that maybe really don’t mean a thing and are maybe just what they are - pure coincidences. But no matter, I’m finding that I’m moving in and out of projects and actually getting some done, so all good!
As promised, here is a shot of the completed chair on the street project! It actually turned out better than I had thought it might. It’s been a while since I’ve taken on this kind of project, and it seemed to come with additional needs which can often slow me down or keep the whole process from reaching that finish line. But I followed through, making the trip to the supply store to get foam to pad the seat a bit more, and took the time to make a quilt sandwich of the fabric so it would be sturdy enough to tightly fit the seat cover. So – TA DA!
I’m very pleased, and pleased with how the colors work together. I like that I also took the time to fill in a hole in the side with some joint compound – let’s face it, it could have been fine with a hole in its side, given all the other scars and nicks, but it does look better without it.
And while the second furniture project arrived Friday (two vintage wicker chairs I bought on eBay that need some love), I have promised myself that there is a lot of winter ahead of me, and that I needed to get back to the art table and get some artistic work completed. I don’t know why, I feel a bit blocked, not sure I know what to do or actually how to do the work that I really like. I think maybe I just need to clear my head and spend some time working, so today took that step and returned to the art journal project I started in class in S California.
Is this page done? Not sure – I know it is close, but there may be a bit more that will happen here. I have moved some of the gear work onto the next page, which helps me get and keep going on this project. I still am not sure what might fit on all the pages – I have photos of examples of all Pam’s pages she made for the class, so I have plenty of her ideas in front of me to jump start my work – but I also want this to be a book of my work. But I’ve made a start.
I truly enjoyed taking on this chair project, starting it, addressing the problems, but in the end finishing it and moving on. There was a real feeling of accomplishment to have this physical manifestation of a job well done in front of me, and to clean up and put away the tools and have the space be free and clear. While sometimes it’s true that I get more creative if I have more than one project going, it is also often the thing that makes me freeze up – too many projects in front of me that all need to be done! But it was good to get back to my art table, make some marks with pencils and paint and finish up a page while I ponder all the others that are awaiting their marks. I think focusing on this one project will help me get back in a groove and I already have some ideas brewing for moving forward.