I had a little over a month off between the fall semester and the upcoming spring semester. I had such high hopes for break - the books I was going to read, the tack I was going to make, the things I was going to photograph and draw. I had even planned to finish up my little muley girl.
Needless to say, not much of that happened. I slept, a lot. I read some books, but not the ones I had planned. War and Peace still sits on my shelf, unfinished. I took some pictures, but mostly of saddles and family events. Not bad, but not what I had hoped for. I think I sketched for a little while one night, but nothing productive happened. I didn't touch my little Boo-girl hardly at all. She's still unfinished.
I place the blame for my lack-luster break in three areas: an especially stressful finals period, an especially stressful holiday season, and the mother of all head colds, which is just now beginning to release it's death grip after at least three weeks of misery. I didn't have much productive time in the studio until after the new year. BUT, once I recovered from PTFD (post traumatic finals disorder) and the holidays, I got quite a bit done.
- I finished the saddle tutorial.
- I made four sales pieces between January 1 and 13, all of which have sold and shipped.
- I started prototyping an Australian Stock saddle and am now on the second draft. Still some tweaking to do, but I think the third time will be the charm.
- I got all of my textbooks and things ordered and am now set for the next semester. Lord, please help it to go quickly.
- I went out this morning and spent 45 minutes taking pictures at a state wildlife reserve. No wildlife to speak of, but out in the middle of dirt roads with no other people. It was nice, but I realized just how much I miss my camera and the absence of other people.
As mentioned - I took some pictures this morning. Somewhere around 260 of them, and that's just because it was cold. Out of those 260, only 20 or so were worth editing. Here are a few of my favorites.
And a photo of the latest Australian Stock saddle revision.