Reflections on connecting with the creative muse.

Annie is a pendant I created last evening.  It’s an Ocho Coco Geode slice wrapped in copper craft wire.  The wire wrap started with the creation of the bale and the wrap of the three primary wires that hold the geode slice in place.    I was happy with those wraps.  The flow of the wires seemed to mimic the flow of the colors within the geode.  From there I was working with six wire pieces that ended up in the curls.  I didn’t have a firm plan in mind when I began other than to create the bale and secure the stone; so the curls evolved as I considered the piece and tried to discern how the embellishment needed to flow.

So here’s the truth.  I’ve ended up with a pendant that I don’t like.  Wouldn’t wear it myself.  The title for the piece, “Annie”, is a reference to Little Orphan Annie and her many, many red head curls.

The questions with which I’m left are:

  1. Is it a case of one woman’s (albeit the designer’s) “trash” is another woman’s “treasure”?  Should I just keep the pendant as is and sell it or gift it to someone who is much more ruffled in taste than I?
  2. Does it need to be – can I fix it?
  3. Should I just take out the wire cutters and start all over again?

Hmmmmmm.  Thoughts?  Have you come across similar questions in your art?

Comments on: "The “thing” about Annie . . ." (6)

  1. Yes indeed….there are times when I have not liked a peice of artwork….but, later on, someone will see it and say “I really like that!”. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes when I create I have to remember that maybe what I’m making isn’t for me! Besides, God is always happy when God’s creatures create!

    • I like that thought, Eric, “Sometimes when I create I have to remember that maybe what I’m making isn’t for me!” That’s a perspective I wasn’t considering. Hmmmmm. Thanks!

  2. Wallace Studios said:

    Ah, the “thirds” of art. Keep, redo or scrap. I find that thirds appear in art no matter what. In painting composition, it’s nice to have a big – whether it be the color, the subject matter, light or dark. Then a medium and a small. Dividing your painting into thirds both horizontally and vertically gives you those four “sweet” spots. Three trees are way more interesting than two. Ah, the beauty of thirds. I say let it sit and percolate. When you revisit, it may look way different, and besides, maybe there’s an Annie out there with curley red hair who would think it was made just for her!

  3. I like how the double-meaning fits for your “Orphan Annie” piece in it being an unwanted item. I have knitted or painted items that, when finished, I want to trash. The interesting thing is, comments from cousins who want to keep them because they see something I don’t. I like your piece – both written and broach.

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