My "A-Ha" moment came at the end of a "I-hate-this-and-I'll-never-do-it-again" series of moments. I was constructing several starbooks and decided to construct one out of this wonderful petroglyph paper with matching vellum. I'd find some cool petroglyph stamps at my favorite store, make the inserts and have a "rocking" book. I was very excited as I started constructing the piece.
However, after a whole series of technical difficulties that I won't go into here, I started HATING the piece. On top of it all I couldn't find the right stamps and I needed 14 different ones. I was REALLY hating the project. I chucked it on my shelf vowing to try to design some petroglyphs myself and perhaps make them out of clay. Of course I never wanted to look at it again but I had so much effort into it. I was back home in Indiana visiting my Mom and we went to the big public library there - my Mom's favorite place. I wandered into the art section and a book fell off the shelf while I was going through the art books. It was called "Stone Magic" and it was magically filled with wonderful petroglyphs. A-HA!! I checked out the book and spent an evening sketching 24 of the petroglyps and translated 14 of them into clay and wire upon my return home. I fell in love with the little guys and the resulting starbook became my favorite. What brought this episode to mind is Len, my husband, found a used copy of the book and it just arrived this week. The book is in perfect shape and even signed by the author. In addition, we're going to Sedona Arizona this summer for a Claudine Helmuth workshop and one of the sites recorded in the book is within a hour's drive. Since these glyps have become intertwined in my art and life I will be visiting the drawings in person. The photo captures the paper, the pieces and the book. My posting for June 11, 2006 displays a professional photo. I had never imagined the outcome while I was cursing the piece during its earlier stages. That magical book changed the entire project!