Have you ever stood in front of a jewelry shop and admired all the beautiful gems on display but not given a second thought to the effort, skill, design and creativity that has gone into making such beautiful pieces? I know I have.
I’ve never been gem fossicking. I’ve done a bit of gold-panning just for fun. As for fossicking for gems, it looks like hard work — all that digging, sieving and sluicing in intemperate conditions. Combined with knowledge, good luck and much patience, one may find a beautiful stone. However, only after this initial hard work, can the (sometimes arduous) process begin to turn a stone into a beautiful piece of jewelry. I see how talent and craftsmanship would be important in presenting the jewel in all its glory, but without every element coming together well, then there would be no jewel.
I feel this about my own art. I suspect other artists do too. It is 90% grind and 10% inspiration. Sometimes magic happens, sometimes it doesn’t. My preferred method is trial and error. Experimentation is critical to my artistic development because I learn best by doing. Mosaicing is like summiting a mountain. It is sheer torture, but god it feels good to get to the top. Here is a little piece I made several years ago. It was just an experiment on my learning journey. It helped me hone my skills. I thought it difficult at the time. Each piece is difficult in its own way. Like all my children, it is my favourite. It welcomes me home.
And, here is the mess that is my next project. I’m now past the I-can’t-do-this stage. I’m nearly half way there; I’m tired but the end is in sight. I know it will be enormously satisfying when it is eventually finished. Then, I will have to spend a lot of time admiring it; the jewel I have created.
For my post on how I found my inner visual artist, click here.
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