Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


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The Daily Head: American Idol Edition

Okay, I may have gone a little overboard in challenging myself today. Of course, part of the reason for doing this daily head challenge is to push myself.

I thought to myself, “It’s Wednesday, American Idol night. Why not sculpt a head inspired by AI?” And who would be the most interesting person to provide the inspiration?

Steven Tyler, of course.

I think the hair pulled this piece together. Without the hair, Steven was looking a little more like Marilyn Manson. The most fun part…making the mouth.

This head is approximately 2″ tall, is made from a mix of white and translucent clay, was sanded and colored with a wash of acrylic and oil paints.


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The Daily Head: 4/5/11

Today’s head was inspired by the swaying trees that surround our house.

To help me keep track of when I create each head, I am scratching the date onto the bottom of each piece. Ironically, the idea for yesterday’s and today’s head came to me as I lay in bed at night. It makes for an interesting experiment in memory retention and in how an idea received at bedtime manifests itself the following day.

This head is 3.5″ tall (at his highest point), made from copper and metallic green polymer clay, sanded, washed with white acrylic paint and buffed.


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The Daily Head: Jumpstarting My Creative Mojo

As the result of several disruptions and interruptions in the studio the last few weeks, I realized the other day that I’d lost my creative mojo. Between the health issues, the ice dam damage, cleaning the studio, moving out of the studio, back into the studio, and then out of the studio again, I was beginning to feel like I didn’t want to engage in anything creative. I didn’t want to start a project only to have it sit because I couldn’t get at my tools. I found myself languishing over the computer, puttering on Facebook, sending emails, watching TV.

Most of disruptions and interruptions were out of my control. I had a mini-meltdown during part of the craziness, which may have helped me release some negative energy, but it wasn’t going to change the situation or fix it any quicker. I’d get my head back in a better place, start grooving on some artwork, and then have to stop for one reason or another.

Somewhere in all of this, I also started to feel like my art was “too serious.” That I couldn’t just goof on it, let loose, and have fun with it.

Over the weekend, I was struck with an idea. Boing! I needed some way to jump start my creative mojo, something that wouldn’t take too long to do and that would let me play around at the same time. And preferably it would be something that held my interest, especially if I’m challenging myself to do it everyday.

And so was born THE DAILY HEAD

I like sculpting heads. I can usually sculpt one in an hour or less, especially if I’m not heavy into detail. Sculpting heads allows me to be playful in their creation. And I’m not limited to sculpting. I could draw one, paint one, photograph one. The variety of media available is probably endless. That’s a good thing if I’m going to do this on a daily basis.

This also gets me to be a little more consistent in my blogging.

Now I don’t promise perfection in this challenge. I may miss a day here or there (or several if I’m out of town.) But the idea isn’t to achieve perfection. It is to allow me to play and to remember why I make art.

So with all that in mind, here is THE DAILY HEAD for today:

Polymer clay head

Daily Head 4/4/11

This little guy is about 1.5″ long, made from Super Sculpey mixed with a bit of gold clay, sanded, washed with white acrylic paint, and buffed.


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Sunny Day, Sweeping the Clouds Away

Now why in the world would I have the theme song from Sesame Street running through my head when this is what greeted us this morning?

Front Yard Holly Bush

Front Yard

Back Yard Suet Feeder Gets Weighed Down

Heavy Snow Weighs Down Tree Limbs

Perhaps it is precisely this April Fool’s Day snow storm that triggered the Sesame Street song. In truth, the song has been bouncing around in my head for the past couple of days. And I think it has more to do with some recent improvements in my health status.

Surgery

It was one week ago today that I had day surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital to remove a fibroid that is believed to have been causing me so much grief these past few months. I had a consult with Dr. Brian Walsh in mid-March to discuss my options. He took one look at my MRI, pointed to the bugger and said “That is what is causing you all this grief.”

A sense of relief washed over me. Could it really be this simple? After being told for years that my only options were to “watch and wait” or have a hysterectomy?

We discussed the specific procedure, a hysteroscopic myomectomy (also known as a hysteroscopic resection) which is a noninvasive form of surgery for this specific type of fibroid. No incisions. No long hospital stay. Just day surgery with IV anesthesia (with painkillers and anti-nausea meds.) I was home by 2:30 in the afternoon.

(Yes the surgical name sounds pretty scary and kind of gross. I’ll spare you the technical gobbledegook. Suffice to say the name comes from the particular surgical instrument used and the name for one layer of the uterine wall. Nuff said.)

Recovery wasn’t too bad; some mild cramping was the worst of it. I laid low, took lots of naps, and watched bad TV. By Monday of this week I was feeling good enough to run some light errands and take short walks.

And today, a week later, I feel back to normal. Definitely a sunny day in spite of the wet snow outside.

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