Yes, it's a groundhog. It's Groundhog Day. I'm almost embarrassed to post this picture. I think it's pretty crappy, but that's ok. I have always thought of myself as a creative type of person even though I don't see myself as skilled in any particular medium. Then there are the days (months, seasons) where I seem to have no creativity in me and there are no photos, no drawings, no sparks, and no ideas. I've been in that funk for a while now. I wanted to get out of that rut, but I wasn't sure how to. Then I got an email from an art store about their project to get people to practice their art every day. You don't have to be good, you just need to practice something everyday. Practice is something I can do, and I'm hoping it will spark some new, fresh, creative ideas. So this was today's practice. A pencil crayon drawing of a groundhog. I think it's kinda crappy. After I finished it I googled "how to blend pencil crayon" and realized that I should have looked that up before I made the drawing. Duh. That might have helped. Or maybe not.... It's been a long, long, long time since I've done any drawing. I don't think you'll ever find my stuff in a gallery near (or far from) you, but I'll keep practicing. I'm not sure I have an audience for this blog anymore, if you see this please give me a wee bit of encouragement, or tell me to keep practicing (I'll understand).
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I've been taking a beginner woodworking class. It's also a stepping stone to being able to use the shop in the future for personal projects. That's an important detail for me. I expected to have to make a fairly easy project that everyone else would make too. If I was lucky maybe there would be two or three projects to choose from. I was surprised when, after getting the "everything is scary, you could loose a hand" talk we were told to design and build a lamp of our choosing. I went home and ranted about how that wasn't a good way to teach woodworking to beginners, but I also dug out the sketch book and made a plan. My objectives were to use as many of the power tools in the shop and to keep my design simple enough that I could get it done in the time allotted. After one class our instructor asked three questions: Did you try something new? Did you learn something? Did you have fun? I answered yes to all those questions. He said that's all that matters.
I began to truly appreciate that he prodded us to use our creativity and not simply do a cookie cutter project. I have to admit that "just do it" attitude is a bit out of my comfort zone. I needed the push. I think I did ok this time and if the final products of my classmates are any indication, I think the whole class was a success.
It's a marbleous lamp.
Someonelse said it looked like it belonged in a cabin. I agreed. Can I have the cabin now?