A Gift from a Dryad

March 30, 2009

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.

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.

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Lori said...

What a unique piece ~ I love the detailing. From the looks of your pieces, it seems that there is an abundance of creativity inside you!

alamodestuff said...

Wow. Totally wow!

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

thats amazing!

Eroica said...

This is wonderful!!

Valerie said...

Thank you all so much for stopping in and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated. Now off to visit you all!!

Anonymous said...

I'd say your muse is back! This is beautiful Valerie, a special piece indeed!

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carma said...

This is fantastic! So much talent...I messed with clay for about three years and it was very fun and therapeutic. Nothing near your level of expertise though!

If you decide to get some UTZ Cheeseballs, I would be thrilled if you could send me some photos from R.I. I will sit back and admire them after I hobble over to the computer with the aid of my walker ;-)

Bonnie said...

Oh I think your muse did really well...I love what happened!!! I have a picture frame with a head sculpted into it that I cherish..from your talented hands.

moti said...

Hi, great job!!!!!!!!, so original!!!!!, love it!!!!