” A goal should scare you a little and excite you A LOT.” ~ Joe Vitale.

Michelle and Antonina, first set of clay brooches

Michelle (Bonjour) and Antonina with her flowers, Mixed Media brooches.

My art work room is cluttered with experimental projects in different stages of completion.

I can find fault in all of them. So much time has been invested on these canvases, and I need to see them successfully finished to breathe a sigh of relief, and to feel contentment with my work.

But it is easy to get sidetracked when there is so much art to try out there.

I have never worked with papier mâché and the thought of creating fanciful figurines has me off on another tangent while my canvases collect dust for a while.

The armature for one such figurine is finished and I only need to apply the papier mâché. The really exciting part of the process for me is painting the hardened paper and wondering what quirky character might show up.

As often happens, I was excited about this new project and started asking myself what if?

Artistic distractions are the bane of my life at the moment, but I allow myself to be pulled in this or that direction as I search for my true calling as an artist.

So instead of working on the figurine, these brooches appeared. They are experimental of course, but I do love their little whimsical faces.

My art room looks like a production line with paper clay brooches in various stages of completion spread out all over the counter and the worktable.

As time consuming as these brooches are, (I need to refine the process), they are also very satisfying to finish. Each one is unique and I have a few dapper men to add to the collection as well.

Michelle is wishing you a good day but something is troubling her. She has a very concentrated look on her face as though she is scrutinizing you very carefully before allowing herself to open up to you.

Antonina, on the other hand, is an old-fashioned woman. Shy and retiring, she would much rather surround herself with her flowers than participate in idle gossip. (Her name occurred to me last night as I watched The Zookeeper's Wife at our local movie theatre.)

Each clay brooch has a story to tell.

This new venture excites me a lot.

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