Dear One ~
It is a leap of faith. Again! These days I find myself working on a project outside of the studio. It is somewhat related. The seed for this project was planted some years ago by my friend Annie. Then Barb chimed in and others. They all wanted me to write a book. Me?!! A book?!!
I just couldn't see it. What would it be about? What would I say? How could I do it?
It wasn't until another 'Dear One' was hospitalized that the inspiration came. While visiting Greg, I found that I wanted to take him a gift. Something that would lift his spirits. Something that he could enjoy looking at and not have to read the fine print to understand it.
The answer was clear to me. A photo book of my LoveLights©! An easy to hold, easy to view picture book of images of the work of my hands. The idea took time to evolve. I began to learn about printing options. Exploring all the details has taken me out of the studio and into the office where our iMAC resides.
THE BOOK has become my every waking moments thought. Actually, I even dream about it in my sleep. It is exciting to incubate this creation. it is another art form. The process seems to be the same in and out of the studio.
The idea seed is planted. Gestation occurs slowly. It needs time to grow. I need time to grow my confidence with the idea. For me, there seems to be a roller coaster ride of emotions that goes on while working through self doubt, imposed deadlines, research, collecting the photos and information, layouts, options, etc.
The process is not unlike that of creating a new art piece. First comes the rough idea. Then the design, color, layout, and execution takes place. I need to work constantly at keeping EGO out of the way so that the creativity can flow. Do you find this to be true for you as well? What is your creative process?
I'll keep you posted with the progress. My hope is that it will be ready for unveiling by Thanksgiving. I will be very grateful when it is out in the world and in your hands.
Until next time~
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