Yes, I was very safe, and wore a mask everywhere, and yes, it was rough on my wallet, but I really, really, really needed to get out and into the world for a bit. I was extremely disheartened to see how few people were wearing masks. Yes they were outside, but the Glebe had more than a few people out and about, and so few of them were wearing masks in the crowds. I could do nothing but shake my head.
All the same, despite the anxiety of maskless people everywhere, I really enjoyed getting out. I enjoyed running around the art shop, dreaming of all the projects I intend to do. I adored the ride out to the place where my friend's things were to collect them, and the ride into town to deliver them to the storage unit. I was a delight to leave the house.
I didn't know how much I needed to leave the house until I left the house. I so rarely have. It's been... weeks? Months?
Perhaps I should get out more.
In any case, it was a busy couple of days, which made me feel accomplished. It was a good week for accomplishing, last week. I finished my third painting (my second oil paint), well ahead of schedule, and I'm not peeved about how it worked out.
Playing with leather proved to be fruitful. I made a large dice bag just to test out the pattern, and ended up selling it before it was even properly finished. It's a bit rough, but I'm actually really proud of it. Of course, as it was just a prototype, I sold it at a massive discount. After speaking to the Amazing Flatmate about pricing, I realised that the amount of time and work to hand cut and stitch the dice bag warrants a much higher price than I was going to sell it at. I sold it for less than half price, as it was a prototype, and there are changes to the pattern for future dice bags, and it is a little rough around the edges. I think I will be making more of those bags, and maybe adding some chainmaille to the pattern. I have some chainmaille lying around. It can be done.
Now, as I've finished my painting quite early, I'm working on designs to carve some leather bookmarks, and contemplating starting on a sculpture. I have some oven-bake poly clay that I bought ages ago with the intention of making sculptures, but never seemed to be able to find the time. Well, with more than ten days before the end of the month, I think I have the time. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make reusable moulds of my sculptures, and then I'll be set.
Guess I'll add resin and shite to my art wish list.
Right, I have a lot of editing to catch up on, as I didn't do any for the last couple of days. I should go do that.