My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1588: Layla Progress

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-10-2015 11:09 AM 1453 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I missed blogging yesterday because on Wednesday afternoon I received a call from the guys that are working on my car in Halifax.  They were DONE with it and it was finally ready to be picked up. After just over two months of waiting, you can bet I dropped everything and we planned to make the three hour trip to the city to go get it. I was really excited. 

After the long and cold winter, followed by three months of not being able to drive my car, I really was looking forward to having it back. I don't mind putting it away for the winter, but I hate depending on Keith to get me from one place to another. It just isn't my style or way of living. But we live in a rural area and nothing is within walking distance. Even trips to the grocery store are too far to walk. (I suppose I could, but it would take a couple of hours.) His two cars are manual shift cars which I never really learned to drive, so I am pretty dependent on him to take me even on short errands. I think everyone understands how tedious that can get.

In the three to four months when we have snow on the ground, it isn't usually an issue. I mostly stay inside and focus on work and it doesn't bother me very much at all not getting out. But in the warm weather, there are things that I want to do on my own – like go to the beach or take short drives – that Keith doesn't show much interest in. I understand that, but I also think that it is important for us to do our own thing. It makes us both happier. 

I am happy that I kind of have my 'freedom' back. Sometimes it isn't even actually getting out, it is knowing you CAN if you want. :) 

In any case, the car is done for the most part and I will be on the road again (look out!) There will be a few minor things that I will do yet, but for now I am really happy with the car and how it came out. 

Here are photos of the finished car:

It has a new top on it and three stage Candy Ruby Red paint. The black stripes are also painted on – not stickers. It looks brand new. I am thrilled with how it looks. The color is a deep, blood red with gold highlights in the sun. It was an overcast and rainy day when these photos were taken, but in the third picture you can see the gold highlights and the deep shadows. It looks stunning. 

We got home too late last night to take any new pictures. I will probably take some today in the sun, as it is supposed to be a nice day. Now that this chapter in my life is finished, I can get on with other things. You would be amazed at how much it occupied my mind over the past several weeks. 

On Wednesday, I was able to make a good deal of progress on my Layla painting. I painted the under layer of fur, and am just about ready for glazing her. 

This is probably the longest part of the process for me. It entailed painting a layer of 'fur' and establishing the length, direction and color pattern better. I began at the short fur on the muzzle:

. . . worked my way around the cheeks:

. . . and worked my way from the outer perimeter (the furthest part back from her) toward the center:

During this process, I moved some of the stripes to refine their position and make them more accurate. While this may not be important if you are painting a generic tiger, I wanted Layla to be represented as true to life as possible. In the end, I think she looks pretty good:

She could nearly pass for a white tiger at this point, but there is still more to do. Today I will begin glazing her with orange-y paint and making her colors true to life. Then the refining of the details and I will be pretty much done. 

I will certainly have more photos in my next blog. 

This was a bit of a challenge for me to do this piece because I have never painting an animal like this with the intent of teaching others. For me – there is a lot of back and forth painting with this type of piece, so I had to really think in an organized way to create it. I may even wind up painting a second one to demostrate some things. We shall see. 

We are supposed to have beautiful weather here in Nova Scotia over the next several days. Chances are I may be at the beach a bit. I am trying to figure what I can bring with me to justify my time there. I am sure I can think of something. 

Have a great weekend everyone. Thank you all for your wonderful support and kind comments. 

Happy Friday to you! 

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 07-10-2015 12:45 PM

Gr8 paint job on the Stang. The puddy-tat is also fantastic! :)

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#2 posted 07-10-2015 12:51 PM

Thank you, my friend! I am really pleased with it. :)

I hope to finish the kitty up this weekend!

Have a great one!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 07-10-2015 03:39 PM

Great to see that you are finally reunited. The tiger’s looking great too.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 04:50 PM

The car looks awesome! Jim and I tried to cope with having just one car once – couldn’t do it! Freedom is important!
Layla is looking great. I’ll be looking forward to that lesson in Painting Ezine.
Enjoy the weekend. Happy driving.;)

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#5 posted 07-10-2015 08:36 PM

Love the ScrlGrl plates! And the paint job is spot on, both the car and the kitty!

-- -Jeff. My shop is huge, it just doesn't have a ceiling. Or walls.

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#6 posted 07-10-2015 11:36 PM

Great looking car Sheila. But I think it’s time bite the bullet and learn to drive the stick shift. It’s not that difficult. Go for it girl. :)

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 07-11-2015 09:56 AM

Good morning, everyone! Thank you all for your kind words and encouragement. Yesterday I spent most of the day running errands, and I ended the day watching the sun go down at the beach! What a beautiful day and a nice life I have. :)

Today I plan to get back to finishing up on Layla. Then to figure out how to teach the process. This may be a bit of a challenge for me, but I think I can do it.

I love having my SCRLGRL plate, Jeff! I had an Illinois plate that said the same. :)

I was happy to be able to get the Nova Scotia one, too. (I suppose there aren’t many Scrollgirls here in Nova Scotia!)

As far as driving stick, I know the basic concept – I used to be able to drive a dirt bike as a teen – but with all the hills here and figuring that when I have reason to drive it, it will be mostly icy and snowy, I prefer what I am most familiar with – automatic. Call me a wuss if you must. ;)

Have a great day everyone!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 08:50 PM

I can relate to the hills and stick shifts! I did that with horse trailers attached and sweating out the dude behind me way to close, almost up my tail pipe to even what to pop the clutch and put on the gas! Not to mention the truck was under-powered for the huge mules and those hills. Since, we have gotten the diesels and they don’t have stick shifts YEAH!
Thanks for your Blogging! I am new to Lumber Jocks, old to the scroll sawing and new to computers. Learning a lot on my own with computer abilities. Not enough hours in a day for it and the farm/ranch. Today I learned about the magazines being discontinued and I was about to reorder this month, in July! You saved me!
I hope to learn how to post pictures soon, do the show and tell and maybe inspire others!
Thanks! Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#9 posted 07-12-2015 10:21 PM

Hi, Suzanne – Nice to ‘meet’ you here!

Yes, it isn’t that I ‘won’t’ drive stick, but I really prefer not to. The winter roads are treacherous to begin with, let alone with learning a new skill on them. I would just feel more confident doing something that I have been doing for over 35 years. If I had to, I would, but why?

I am glad you like the blog. Yes – last August was when the magazines went under. It was a very sad time for all involved. But it has been a year of rebuilding and learning and we have found ways to make things even better for us and our business. We have learned to evolve and change with the times. :)

I look forward to seeing your pictures. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will be happy to try to help you out.

Thanks for stopping by! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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