Like years of doodling lines and making parts thicker. Which you know you have done that too - right? I did the above in an iPad drawing app (paper 53 is what the icon says).
And realizing that you have been collecting the tools - and purposefully gathering supplies...
Then just finding the time to sit and work those ideas out... Hammer in hand - banging through it, seeing the metal change looks and feels like magic - is this something I am creating? Was this not just something on paper?
And then picking up pieces and putting them together to have a finished project.
Mind you, not a final project - but rather a starting point where finishing one design opens a floodgate of ideas and confidence to try new things. To open yourself up to ideas that may have needed to in fact get drawn into a sketchbook for more looking at down the road when time allows.
I feel like recently I have been motivated and inspired by so many, and want to take a brief moment to say Thank You to a few women I consider great friends:
Thanks to Nikki Thornburg for showing me her wire frame (which she saw a variation somewhere - as we are all inspired by each other). I love how she is inspired to make artistic and high quality work - easy for anyone as she is so willing to demonstrate techniques on the fly. I cannot wait to be selling my work with her work at Bead and Button (booth #610) in June.
To Staci Louise for making such awesome work (including a lot of my new ceramic work).Her enthusiasm for creating her one of a kind pieces is contagious and makes me want to create. And I always feel special whenever I wear her jewelry. Connected to my friend and the great online community of artists & beady friends it reminds me of.
And to Brenda Schweder for her timing and skill at coming out with "Now that's A Jig", her Steel Wire Jewelry book, and having supplies at Bead Fest August and April where I have been getting more supplies, tools, jig forms, and inspiration. Steel has always been present in my life and I am delighted to be making a friend of it rather than be intimidated anymore. Questions are being answered and my confidence is growing.
And for everyone else in my life, however little or small the interaction - it all has an effect & I am determined to always find the positive - even through the struggles.
Hope your inspiration hits too as you try new things & fail at many attempts (as that is how you learn, gain experience, and find your voice by working through it)...