I am having a very hard time adjusting to the time change. I am really not adjusting at all. In fact I am going the opposite direction with my sleep patterns. Instead of attempting to stay awake and work for hours into the evening and getting up with the girls in my regular fashion, I am falling asleep when I am putting the girls to bed at 8:00 pm. Last night I was able to rally for a bit to do a little more work but I did not make it down my regular check list before laying down for the night. On a positive note I am wide awake at 4:00 o’clock in the morning working happily at my desk. I think this schedule is more natural for me. In the evening I am worthless, I force my eyes to stay open and nod off often. I am sure I am not doing my best work nor am I absorbing content very well. I have been torturing myself this way since LP was a baby.
Yesterday, In my 4:00 o’clock solace, while the girls snoozed in the room and Maggie, my little dog snored into the comforter, I worked out a few more areas on the St. Peter’s Basilica illustration. I realized it was time to start the plate. This illustration was never meant to be a finished digital illustration. It was meant to help me figure out perspective, to look closely at the details on the church. I began to realize that most of the detail would have to be left out in the woodcut, there is simply too much. I began picking carefully the items I wanted to include. I will start with this as a base and build in as much detail as I can. This is my first woodcut or carving in sometime. I am a bit nervous to start, this is not my regular organic style carving that I will need to make this piece successful. I am going against my natural grain. A little step out of your comfort zone should be enriching and perhaps I will surprise myself on this one. I certainly hope so. I have been preparing for this piece for a long time, some might say I have been dragging my feet. Well, what ever reason it maybe, I am here and ready to jump in. Ready, let’s go!!