I have taken the big step and retired from my construction and energy management career. Now begins the time when I get serious about further developing and exploiting my artistic desires. The key word in the previous sentence is time.
Time is a very valuable resource that is already receiving lots of external pressure. I have mentally set some priorities and limits on my time. Now fully into retirement (all 6 weeks of it at this writing) I see time has to be managed as much as ever. It can easily be squandered.
I place time management at a high priority, but I will admit not as critical as when working within a large corporation. I like being my own boss again. I am going to enjoy my retirement and not create high pressure critical path time goals. I just need to manage my time and not let it manage me.
An old adage is still true. Practice makes perfect. My new abundance of time allows me to practice my artistic desires. I am far from perfect and consistent practice is the key of improvement, same as an audition at Julliard. A different kind of art, but the path to acceptance is the same.
My goal is to be an accepted artist. I can claim it all I want but it is really something that has to be earned. Practice will get me there. I am getting serious… ;)
My granddaughter (age 6) has been watching my silver work and wax carving. When she asked me, "What are you going to make for me, Papa?" What was a grandfather supposed to do? Of course, design one of these.
She had mentioned that Rose was one of her favorite names, so there is a little secret in the design of this little girl pendent.
I had a run of bad casts trying to master the vacuum assist lost wax process. I have solved the problem. (I hope) The picture on the left is two separate Sterling silver castings I made last Sunday. As you can see they came out perfect. Happy, Happy.
The center is two tags I made using CAD, CAM and CNC. This is two separate versions as I was experimenting with the code. The owl is the family crest animal. The tags are about 1" x 2" x 1/8" and each weigh a few tenths of A gram over a troy ounce. About $17.00 of Sterling silver at today's rate.
The last picture is just a couple of geegaws I and my daughter made. The acorn cap is my daughter's. I think she is planning to make a glass bead for the nut part.