Since about the last three weeks of August, I've been caught up in a storm of painting for my upcoming show, lesson plans for the upcoming school year (first class day tomorrow!) and any of a million other things that hit all at once this time of year.
And, of course, when I'm at my busiest, when I shouldn't start one more thing, I get a brainstorm of huge proportions about some teeny tiny goodies. When I need to be painting large canvases to make my show look full, I have been hard at work on original paintings only 1-inch in diameter. I have to use my reading glasses and itty bitty brushes but I just love the results! I've always been one to chase after my whims, even if they lead me from the path I need to be following. (Sometimes, the implusive dash in pursuit of a new idea leads to a more important destination or, in the least, a fun side trip.)
And what, pray tell, does one do with these mini originals? Well, my big idea was to create pendant necklaces, enclosing my little owlet paintings in a wee metal pendant topped with a piece of rounded glass. Add a matching ball chain and you have a tiny piece of art to wear around one's necklace. The first round of pendant necklaces are now up in my Esty shop. If they are well-received, more's to come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and subjects.
Hopefully, I'll soon begin to see little bits of free time in my currently insane schedule and blogging will return to a more predictable routine. Realistically, I think I'm going to be swamped until my show is hung but a painty girl can dream...