I'm wondering how obsessively people pick at their projects. Do you ever work on something so long you can't even look at it anymore without thinking it's totally stupid? This happens to me all the time.
Case in point.
I took a photo of a bridge in the Japanese Garden in San Fransisco and thought it would make a good woodblock print. It's 8''x12'' on Hahnemuhle. It took about a month to carve.
I've redone it three times. THREE times, that's like almost four months of gouging, splinters, and hand damage. Why? I'm not happy with the exterior curved outline highlighting the right side of the bridge.
I'm still not happy with it.
Klaus on the top? I didn't like his eye, and part of his chin.
ATC Nautical swap nightmare.
After Do Over
Which brings me to my latest obsessive do over.
I recently organized a swap for Stitched by Hand ATC swaps , and of course I don't follow my own rules and get my shit done on time. Why? Because I had to redo it over and over because I started to think it was shitty and stupid.
The theme was science. Science is cool right? Lots of stuff to do, and I picked trilobites. They're weird and pretty and I thought it would translate well into embroidery, and 2.5"x3.5" seemed like a good fossil size. Huh. Maybe not.
Even more nope
I can't even tell anymore.
My hands ache.
On a lighter note, I discovered this on Encyclopedia Dramatica, and it might just be my new favorite thing in the whole world to be baffled at.
"Fuck you, I'm a DRAGON!"