I NEED TO SYNC MY iPHONE WITH THE DESIGNS IN MY HEAD.
They have finally figured out the wireless sync, so why not? I’m sure someone is working on this right now. I know it may require some intense filtering but sometimes I wish I had this feature. My screen may look like this at times:
by Thorsten Nass Beautiful isn’t it? See more of his work here: http://www.videodraws.me/
I ALWAYS HAVE SEVERAL WOODWORKING PROJECTS GOING AT ONCE
One is a jewelry box, or at least that’s what I think it is going to be. I have decided that I will make my own hinges for this and I want them to be sculptural accents made out of the hardest wood in the shop, Vera Wood. Its green and blue and amber which will accent the fir box nicely.
HOW DO I MAKE IT ART?
The way I go about this is I engineer the working parts and structure and then I wait for a vision to come to me. I see things in three dimensions in my mind. I can turn them around up there and consider what this might be like in reality. While waiting for ‘inspiration’, I might draw or go work on something else for a while. This part can literally take years.
NOTHING, IS A DIFFICULT STATE, and if I am uptight about visualizing the perfect answer, pacing back and forth in my head like a ping-pong ball, then nothing is what I will have. Creativity can’t be forced for economy of time. I need to take the “I” out of it, relax into the nothingness, and discover what emerges.
THE DESIGN CAME TO ME!
Graceful lines, functionality, sexy, and I had no idea HOW I was going to make it, but I saw it! I held a beautiful answer to the puzzle and no visual question went unanswered!
I WAS EXTREMELY BUSY at that moment in time and couldn’t or wouldn’t put down what I was doing and draw it. I was gluing, clamping, or cutting a whole bunch of wood. “Yes, finally, that’s it, nice, I like it! I’ll write that down in just a minute. “ I do think I even thought I’d wait a few to see if I could tweak it a little so that it would be easier to make. For some perspective, I’ve been pondering this box for about 6 years. Some simply require more time for that exquisite design to bud.
HOURS LATER I TOTALLY FORGOT MY VISION
Crap! I thought it would come right back. I usually don’t forget images (it’s a blessing and a curse, believe me) What if I never see it again. I do remember a beautiful rounded fin that reaches back away from the box hinge and looks like it is fluttering mid-air. The arm that crosses the top of the box tapers and resolves to a soft point like a ridge.
Here you see walnut legs I carved for another jewelry box
If only I could sync my mind with my iPhone I’d have several images of my vision to share with you (and me for that matter) and I could be off figuring out the ‘how to’.
Note to self:
STOP WHATEVER I AM DOING AND DRAW OUT THE DESIGN, no excuses, no waiting. The good thing is I probably do remember enough and there are so many solutions for crafting furniture and woodworking projects. It does help to slow down a bit, let the chatter fade away and be. And when the inspiration hits catch up and run with it baby!
Have you noticed what your creative process is?