Every writer at some point will experience writer's block. Carvers too can have the experience of feeling as though they have come to a creative dead end. Sometimes facing a new stone is all it takes.
Unless we have A Plan. Often we carve from a maquette. Following the original design precisely. Sometimes we begin with a drawing on paper and transfer it exactly to a grid on a block of dimensional stone.
Or, sometimes, we just direct carve.
We may begin with an idea, or we may just let our mind float. Go on automatic and get lost in the shapes and texture and color of the stone.
Or we might come up with nothing. That’s the time to invite your muse in and listen to what she has to say. Maybe something like this:
Anything you want to do you can do here. Maybe there’s a figure ready to leap from the stone. Maybe there’s an abstract inside. Often it just happens - whether or not you worried about it or tried to plan it.
Isn’t it great to do something you can’t fail at? We spend so much of our life looking - but never seeing. Now’s the chance to see our inner vision and translate it to stone.
Talent is a pursued interest. That is to say, anything you practice you can do. And the more you practice, the better you get.
No pressure. Just relax and watch it happen. The least little curve can do so much.
Don’t hurry. Take your time and enjoy. Let all these things just sort of happen. Chip a little away from here, make a swoop there, create a space.
Grind off a third of the stone. Smooth out bumps. Create bumps.
All you have to do is let your imagination off the leash. There’s really no end to this. Have a little bit of fun.
Come on. Pick up a tool. Let’s get started.
The editors thank Bob Ross for the inspiration for the above suggestions.