Time for a little update on the The Secret Garden project. It is slow going, but that's ok. That's what I wanted.
Last time, I showed you the little garden gate and the stones surrounding it. Here I began laying the stones for the walls.
Here the stones have all been stitched on with a teeny tiny little blanket stitch around each one. And, I tried to give each one a little stoney texture with some simple straight stitches and french knots. And now ivy has begun to grow upon the walls with couched threads and lazy daisy leaves. As I said, this is pretty slow going. Each "leaf" of ivy is comprised of three tiny lazy daisy stitches.
This has been nice, meditative stitching. This is by far the most long-term, on-going project I have ever attempted. It requires patience! I find myself wanting to rush and get finished. That is when I put it away and work on something else for a while. I don't want to rush. I want to take my time and do it well. I've compromised so many projects in the past due to my impatience to finish. And really, what's the rush? I'm having to re-program myself to not be in a hurry to finish. I have come to realize that in almost every other aspect of my life I have been in a hurry to get finished so I could then go on and accomplish the next task. But, I'm learning that finishing is not necessarily a rewarding goal in itself. Getting to the end of a journey is not always the point of the journey is it? Sometimes the journey itself is more rewarding than the destination.
I continue to be amazed at how much art is teaching me about myself and about life in general. Some of the mistakes I have made with my art projects have been the same mistakes I have made in life. Being impatient and impetuous. Going forward with an idea before thinking it through carefully. Biting off more than I can chew!
Do your artistic pursuits also teach you things about yourself? About your abilities and your limitations? Do you see your own strengths and shortcomings reflected back at you in your art?
Ok. Deep thoughts for a Saturday morning. So, I will leave you with some pretty pictures. We've had tons of rain, and the mosses and ferns are just gorgeous right now.