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When it's time to climb a mountain, best to start with the foothills.

     Or, speaking of my own situation, start reengaging the creative process by beginning with the simplest of crafts. I can't believe it's been over 2 and 1/2 months since I did anything more creative than cropping photos. (Physically speaking, anyway. I've had plenty of thought-time over my various books, and even figured out (for you ARG! folks) what the final object of power is...not that it will make an appearance in the five Geren books anyway.)

     So this weekend, I started on two projects, and finished one.

     Just a simple paint job of an Icarus sculpture I bought on eBay sometime back. It's a beautiful sculpt, but the seller did a crappy job of taking care of their mold. So I decided painting it might downplay some of the bad spots, as well as the fact that white doesn't show on a white wall anyway. Nice, simple, almost brainless work. (Not quite done yet, but it's too hot/humid outside to use my sealer spray. I'm thinking of doing the body glossy and the wings matte, but I need decent weather!)

     The second sculpture-painting project I started will be far more challenging, and I expect it will be a few weeks before I'm finished. But it sure is wonderful to be doing something again (besides the delicious Becca-fodder and Allanon-loveliness I savored this weekend =). Thank you, God!
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Where I'm At:
surrounded by 111 grasshoppers eating my garden!
Emotional Status:
cranky 11 grasshoppers on my window
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On July 9th, 2007 03:39 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:

On July 9th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Thank you!

They're eating just about everything except the morning glories--they don't seem to like those. They're even eating my petunia blossoms! I want to try to get some Neem, which is an organic pesticide that discourages them from easting and reproducing.
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On July 9th, 2007 06:27 am (UTC), shanra commented:
*shoos the grasshoppers away* Can't they go bother someone else's garden?

Ooooooooh! *glomps* Hurrah! I'm glad to hear that you've been able to do something creative again! ^-^

And I second your mum. May it continue and may it grow!
On July 9th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Well, I'd rather have them eat my flowers than the farmers' crops. But since I haven't heard anything about it in the news (yet) maybe I'm just in a bad location.

Me too! *hugs back*

Thanks! =)
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On July 9th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC), silvanime commented:
It looks very lovely! It must feel good to get back to even the basics again. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it triggers more good things.
On July 9th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Thank you! It was fun shopping for new paints at the store Saturday morning.
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On July 9th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC), saiena commented:
*twitch* I see the evil streak is still in full working order. You're not allowed to say things like that! Gah!

However, great to see the creative process is slowly swirling again. (He looks a little old to be Icarus.) I love the contrast on his wings. The gold is lovely.
On July 9th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:

Heh, that's because it's based off a Boris Vallejo print--he doesn't do kids. ;P But painting the wings were fun (after spending a couple hours trying to squish all the white missed spots).
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On July 9th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
I love drybrushing. It's washes and antiquing that I can never pull off without making a mess or botching it. And those models are small--a real challenge to work at that scale!

Thanks! I do still need to sign up for sewing classes, as I haven't touched a machine in over 15 years now and have doubtless forgotten well-nigh everything.

*waves pom-poms* Good luck!

And thanks! I wouldn't mind a swarm of sparrows or finches paying a visit and eating them all...
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On July 10th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
*twitch* Me and hand-sewing do not get on AT ALL. *shudder*
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On July 10th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
Jury's still out on whether sewing machines like me, seeing as I did put a sewing machine needle through my forefinger when I was 12ish. ;P
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On July 9th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Munchkins are calling even before I get over my smiles...but I, too, am very happy to see you working back into the creative realm...I pray your heart is doing well, too...

On July 9th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC), hyarmi_records replied:
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They're keeping you hopping, huh? ;)

Thanks so much for your support and prayers! *hugs*