And believe it or not, it’s not for Gardening. My blog and I are on a break from gardening, cooking and otherwise procrastinating. After several weeks immersed in plants, I really had to get back to work. I shouldn’t complain, my job is pretty fun. The hardest part is putting on my welding gear and getting in the shop. It’s a lot like getting me to the gym, the grocery store, the beach – basically, getting me out of my jammies is a chore, but once I’m out I am a force to be reckoned with!
This week was a great test for our new workshop. Six months ago we couldn’t even work at the same time or leave any projects laying around. Now Jon’s working on a big curvy shelf unit, I’ve got bird beaks, legs and feathers scattered all over the place and we’re barely bumping into each other.
In the meantime, Jon also built a dining table base and I built a doggy who is going to be the greeter at a veterinary hospital in Baltimore 🙂
I even had time and energy to try something new. Back when I studied graphic design I fell in love with typography, but it never transitioned into my life as a metal sculptor. Now with friends welcoming their new baby, Grace, I had the perfect opportunity to try something I’ve been wanting to do for ages. Yep, you guessed it, I made a letter G.
I hadn’t really thought about it before, but G is a really fun letter – there are so many ways to draw it! It can be masculine or feminine, loopy or blocky, classic or modern. It’s got interesting details and funny quirks. What a lucky break my first letter was such a good one!
It’s not exactly a life-altering artistic breakthrough, but it was fun to make and now I want an “S” for myself! As an artist, sometimes making something I want to keep for myself is just enough to prevent my fragile creative ego from shattering into a million pieces. So… it’s a good day!
Probably too soon to ask the baby how she feels about it, but hopefully her parents like it. If not, I guess it’ll show up on etsy next week, maybe alongside some of its buddies like K and B. But not S, that one’s all mine… unless you want one for yourself, then you can have one too. I’m an artist after all, I do this for a living. Turning down work really only gets you so far.
Okay, back to the shop I go… maybe I’ll take the long way through the garden.