The 'Gardener's Soul' was a commission piece I completed recently. It was a creation I enjoyed and at the same time I found it to be quite a challenge...in a very liberating way. The challenge being perhaps that I didn't really know the womyn I was creating it
for and maybe because it means a lot to me for the outcome to be in line with the customer's vision for the piece.
Overall, custom orders are a delight because it can push me to that edge of where my comfort zone lies. Also, as I was developing this piece I was constantly imagining what this womyn's life might be like, how I knew she loved gardening, birds, boating, the environment and it's preservation. So in my mind I could develop quite lovely imaginary stories, like writing...
The conception of the piece, to the development and the delivery of it, is a whole process that I was keenly aware of...each layer and phase had its growing edges for me...But maybe the most pushing of myself was delivering the piece, this was a tad anxiety provoking...can't wait to hear about what the recipient thinks of her birthday gift. I am grateful for this experience and always up for more challenges -- pushing the comfort zone wider.