Ever have a moment of drought in your creativity? A moment when no matter what you try to create falls flat? I admit to having plenty of those moments lately, and they usually happen when I stop listening to my muse and try to force a creative idea.
On a walk in the woods near my home last week I happened on some beautiful pieces of "live wood" from a fallen pine, and popped them into my backpack along with an assorted sundry of treasure the forest offered up. Giving thanks for the gifts, I practically skipped home with excitement from the vibes I felt from my visit.
Once home, I did a thorough baking to sanitize the pine then laid them out on my coffee table and sketched out a few ideas... dryads sometimes place gifts of their special wood alongside the pathways of individuals who love trees, Nature and Mother Earth, and who are aware enough to perceive this special gift. They clone themselves into these pieces of wood with the intention to help us while at the same time to acquire the means to see the world without being rooted to the ground.
I decided to honor the spirit of the tree by sculpting an interpretation of a dryad "emerging" from the wood. Dryads are neutral and do not respond to he or she, but I felt that this particular spirit was feminine and sculpted her as such. I do not think she will mind, lol. It's a work in progress and will post pictures as she nears completion.
I am thinking that this will make a lovely wall hanging piece, what do you think?
*Note*- The first two pictures are before the polymer clay was cured, and the addition of a left hand. The bottom two are with the first "wash" of color.