Have you ever had a dream that felt so vivid, so unusual, that it left you with a lingering thought upon waking? I experienced one of those dreams not too long ago, and it led me down a path I never expected to take.
Initially, pursuing my art didn't seem like the most logical choice. Instead, I followed the conventional route – I went to school, landed a side job at a gear shop, and eventually found myself managing it. Learning and growing a business was fulfilling, but deep down, I couldn't shake the feeling that something essential was missing from my life.
One fateful night, I had a dream. Now, I'm not one to usually dwell on my dreams, as they often involve surreal scenarios like falling through clouds or navigating mazes. However, this dream was different. It wasn't super defined, but when I woke up, I was left with a crystal-clear thought: "Draw on wood." It was as if the universe had whispered a new direction for my life.
I had plans to go skiing with a friend that day, but I canceled, telling my friend, "Don't worry, I need to go get some wood to draw on." And that's precisely what I did. It marked the beginning of a new journey.
As I began to sketch on wood, I encountered a learning curve. I quickly discovered that not all types of wood were created equal for this purpose. Oak, with its intricate grain pattern, proved to be a formidable challenge. Slivers became my unexpected nemesis, prompting me to keep a needle and tweezers close at hand.
The process of drawing with colored pencils on wood required experimentation. It was a delicate balancing act, finding the right harmony between the medium and the canvas. But amidst the challenges, I stumbled upon something magical.
The beauty of the wood grain seemed like the perfect companion to the rich colors of the pencils. The wood's transparency allowed it to become an integral part of the narrative, ever-changing and evolving with each piece I created.
I can't wait to share the delights that have emerged from this journey with you. If you haven't already joined the party, make sure to snag your spot. The upcoming pieces promise to be something truly special, a testament to the unexpected paths life can lead us on when we follow our dreams.