|Montana Agate : can you see the circling hawk as she is being dive-bombed by the sparrow?|
I've said this before but it keeps coming up in my day-to-day - I am easily distracted and working on it should truly be Priority One. As if I've been forced, I've spent the last few days at my lapidary bench, dusting and cleaning cobwebs and finally finishing a big project (at least big for me) since I have had a few slabs on my 'promise list' for almost a year now. I cleaned up the workspace, turned on the radio and hunkered down for trimmin' and cabbin' and I didn't come up until it was over. And now I find myself renewed and inspired once again to get back to what I truly love - lapidary and metalwork.
Here are the pieces of Montana Agate that have been staring at me for months on end, taunting me to start/finish them for Christine. Plugged in to the Genie, I saw them through yesterday morning and off they went Priority Mail to Michigan. I do hope she loves them but it's more important personally that they really did inspire me to stay at the bench just a little longer and I turned out four more gorgeous cabs that have me itching to get back into the metalshop tomorrow. Sunday - an entire day at my metalwork. Itching.
For the last several months I've been distracted by enamels and don't get me wrong here, I've thoroughly enjoyed learning and experimenting with them but I think I've been focusing too much on enamels alone and not how I might incorporate that into my 'true' work. The work that gives me satisfaction and huge pride. As I progress through the stone and metalwork, I hope to find a way to blend all of this newness into beautiful pieces of adornment.
|Nebraska through and through|
The smaller lozenge of a jasper cab is another prairie landscape, this time a summer rainshower as the sunshine on the right gives way to the isolated cloudburst. (I do wish the picture was better but I'm trying to not be distracted by learning photography, I guess. *wistful smile*)
Maybe another time I'll figure out why I'm so distracted by other projects and things and stuff ('Oh look . . . a kitty . . . ') but for now, I'm feeling more at ease with my direction once again. Lord, keep my nose pointed forward.