The caterpillar (with elements from a couple versions of Alice in Wonderland) is one of the pieces that made me say previously unfinished work is fair game. This sculpture took much more than a single day. I worked on this and the white rabbit (tomorrow) off and on over a couple months, refining and tweaking tiny details until I was finally happy with it.

But it’s been baked and unpainted for a few months now.

I’ve been afraid.

Seems rather silly to be afraid of a piece of clay, doesn’t it? But I was so happy with how it came out that I was afraid I’d ruin it in the painting stage.

I am planning on molding it and turning it into a pin/pendant, so there will be other opportunities to paint it, even if I did ruin the first one.

But it didn’t seem to matter. There was that block – the sure knowledge that as long as I left it alone, it would stay forever perfect in my own head.

But it’s kind of hard to wear a virtual pin 😉 So that’s one of the best things about this 30 day challenge. It’s helping me get over my perfection procrastination and fear of failure. I just have to finish it.

It doesn’t have to be perfect; it doesn’t even have to be good.

It just has to be done.

I can always make another. Or something else.

So… After all that, I didn’t ruin it. I love it and it came out really well. I can’t wait to mold it and try a few more versions. 🙂

There was too much tiny detail for pastels on this one. I used Genesis heat set oils (not really oil paints – they’re closer to polymer clay in formulation). The great thing about them is that I could paint in layers, and set one area before continuing on.

The brass effects were from metallic acrylic paint.


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