I’ve been doing these monthly goal posts in an attempt to stay focused. Focus is a good thing! But I’ve realized that I’m not a fan of the word “goal.” In my mind (perhaps incorrectly), the word goal implies failure if a goal remains unmet. It leaves no room for taking off on a new exciting tangent or finding that you’ve overestimated your time and energy. To me, goals are for things you must get done – paying bills on time, completing work or school assignments by the due date, or otherwise meeting an obligation. It runs contrary to the feeling with which I approach art. Art is adventure, self discovery and self expression. So instead, I offer my November Art Aspirations.
Since my October Creative Goals will play a role in my November Art Aspirations, I will review those first.
1. Add three elephant blocks to the growing herd. I didn’t make three blocks. I didn’t make two blocks. I did make one.
2. My friends are getting married on Halloween. Although the wedding is not Halloween themed, they love Halloween. So it is my intent to wire-wrap these spooky cabochons, and give it to them when I see them at the wedding.
I did complete the two pendants.
However, we did not make it to the wedding. A broken plane one day and a snowstorm in western Kansas the following day kept us home. I’ll be mailing these on Monday.
3. Create something for the October Art Elements Challenge: Eyes. I did create something…. I took myself well outside my comfort zone, since I don’t draw well. So here it is:
4. Finish the September/October challenge from the Jewelry Artisans Community. The inspiration:
There are flowers enough in the summertime,
More flowers than I can remember—
But none with the purple, gold, and red
That dye the flowers of September!
—Mary Howitt (1799-1888)
I did not finish this yet. I’ve been waiting for inspiration – but I think it has finally arrived. Here is the piece:
So what are my November Art Aspirations?
1. Make more elephant blocks. (I’ve already started!)
2. Create a necklace from the pendant wire-wrapped for the September-October Jewelry Forum Challenge. (Shown above)
3. Create a necklace for the pendant wire-wrapped for the September Art Elements Challenge: foliage.
4. Create something for the November Art Elements Challenge: fossils.
5. Begin the November-December Jewelry Forum Challenge: sunshine
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Here is a Pandahall coupon good until 11/15: