I almost never work on one project at a time. I always keep several going, knowing that if I hit a snag with one, or paint is drying or a pat can’t be found or my mood isn’t right for the piece then I can just switch to a different one. To that end I usually work on very different kinds of pieces at the same time (different mediums, different styles- usually one more exacting and another free-flowing).
In the case of this glass figure I’ve been working continuously on the same piece, leaving the other two I have lined up more or less sitting (with only occasional thoughts or sketches about the figure in the arms of the Pieta). Creating this piece is actually like creating several pieces. There are some many parts of it, so many different mediums, so many different types of work that it’s enough to keep me busy and engaged all on its own.
Today I’ll be finishing the fabric mold and getting the materials and setup for the foam fill. If I’m lucky I may een get all the way through the process… but I expect some surprises. I’m planning to get everything lined up for that and then fill any remaining time with sewing the top and filling out the underskirts. Thursday I have another big block of time and I can pour the foam then. Tonight I get to start cold-working the glass head.
Working on one piece in this way is a new thing, and something I like about this piece. It bridges so many materials and processes for me. It’s wonderful to see them all coming together.