My ambitions didn't quite match reality this past week and my plans to begin carving didn't gel. However, my new way of looking at things, as a result of the reading I've done lately, leaves no room for the guilt (about my lack of progress) that would have been there before.
One of my recent realizations is that I've spent way too much time stressing about how much I manage to accomplish in any given week and worrying that it's not enough. That I'm not learning fast enough, progressing fast enough, producing enough. What a waste of life that is! And how such thinking cuts into the actual enjoyment of the work itself! Well all of that is in the past now. I've pulled out of the race I thought I had to be in and am allowing things to happen as they will.
So no carving.
But I finished a very rough colour sketch for my next print:
Is there ever a lot of colours in it! I'm going to have to decide how I'm going to deal with that: do I keep all the colours and use two blocks or do I simplify?
And I also sketched out the image of the head of the African Daisy in the garden (in my last post):
This print will be a black and white one and I plan to have more black, in the petal areas, in the actual work.
And that's about it for this week's work. Chisels sharpened, I hope this next week there'll be some carving going on.