The lady Who Loves Boots did not work out! She lost her head. She lost her boots.
Sometimes when you use your intuition, when you try to learn as you go, when you experiment with new media (paperclay) or new techniques... well, it just doesn't work out.
But that's okay.
Part of living creatively is accepting the bumps in the road where everything falls apart and your path seems to be stopped.
Part of being on this path of creativity, and joy, is to not just live with the failures and challenges and stumbles, but to actually make something wonderful out of them.
Now, can I fix the Lady Who Lost Her Head and Her Boots? I don't know. It looks pretty dire for her. Maybe I can, but whether I actually use her physically or not, I have still learned some lessons. Paper Clay must be molded all in one piece. Additions don't stick well. Paper clay dried out very quickly while you work, so must be kept moist. Paper clay and it's texture needs a special touch with the modeling and carving. I still have more to learn. I am still working my way towards dolls and figures with this new medium. I think. Maybe not.
about an inch, more or less, paperclay
Right now, I am sticking to simple shapes. Learning how the material works and what I can do with it. I'm enjoying making small charms, like this (W)hole Heart.
I kind of feel like this (W)hole Heart fits with this lesson today of trying, failing, and continuing on with the lesson. This heart has a hole, you see. It's lost something, it's been broken, perhaps, but it is still whole. It is still going. It is still beautiful.
Life lessons, in my opinion.
Our failures are very often gifts-- if we can have the perspective enough to see what we have gained, what we have learned, and how we have grown through the losses.