back in the swing

I just started carving again after taking a few days off to go to the family reunion. It seems like every time I take a few days away from carving, it is difficult to get back into the swing of things. That is why, I began work on  a new piece instead of returning to the  piece I had been working on before my trip. Since I rely on my responses to the work in progress to guide my carving decisions, I need to feel immersed in the form that is taking shape, otherwise it stays just a carved form instead of becoming a sculpture.  Starting a new work, while taking the time to get reacquainted with the piece already in progress, seems the best approach for me.  It takes time to recapture that feeling of being in sync with  a piece started then set aside and that feeling is an essential part of the finished sculpture.

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