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Friday, November 23, 2012

Sculpture and Measuring

There are many ways to track productivity.

There's such pressure to Go Faster. Do More! Work Harder!
That mindset makes it too easy to injure my body again and get overwhelmed.
I needed a plan B of mindfulness.

Wood carving is one of the few processes where your mess is as lovely as anything you make.
What to do with these fragrant chips of cedar and fir?
I'm carpeting a garden path with each workday's debris.
Like the clever name branding on the dustpan and broom?
The simple act of cleaning chips off my bench and floor, slowly filling a bucket, walking outside into the day and pouring them on the path are a way to see progress in a way that is pleasurable every step of the way.

Literally.

2 comments:

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Mike Turner said...

So glad you found a way around the pressure to produce and a new way to measure progress. It's so hard with art, because it moves in small steps that are so hard to see at the end of the day.

I love how you reuse your studio
trash!

Theresa Cheek said...

What a complete circle of creativity. Two creations at once,how clever you are!