The Owl and the Pocket Watch

When I’m having a creative block, one thing that gets me moving is a deadline. An art group I’m in issued a challenge: create a design using a pocket watch. Deadline: one month. Scouring the house turned up no less than three pocket watches! I chose the oldest, a broken one that I bought at a garage sale with the intent to take it apart to use in my mixed media artwork. Here’s the base photo:

Pocket watchI took out the background and drew on the watch to make it a little less clean-looking.

Pocket watch

Since my favorite thing to do is design fabric, I used elements of the cutout image to make some kaleidoscope designs, which often produce great fabrics. Here’s one:

Pocket watch kaleidoscope

That was okay, but I wasn’t satisfied. I decided to switch gears (no pun intended) to make a blended collage. What image would work with the watch face? I have a folder on my computer of what I consider to be my best photos, and when I opened it, look who jumped out at me:

Barn owl

Now we’re talking! I was very happy with a few of the different blended images I came up with. I liked this one best:

Barn owl pocket watch

I printed variations of the collage onto heat transfer paper and decorated a wooden box, but will leave photos of that for another day.

Have you used the pressure of a deadline to make yourself get to work? I’d love to hear how that went and what you created.

2 comments on “The Owl and the Pocket Watch

  1. Heidi, I LOVE the way you responded to this challenge. I love the final product, and I love every single photo of the process all the way along the road. Mostly, I love to see the ways different artists respond to the same prompt. Love seeing folks’ styles, creativity, souls. Thanks for being an excellent friend, fellow artist, and inspiration.

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