In between looking and dreaming there was the actual working time with the clay. I have read and heard people rave about paperclay -- they were all correct. Its wonderful stuff. If even I, a total novice, can figure out how to actually get the clay to stay in place - add features - manage the finish painting then it has got to be a 'hands' friendly product.
As I followed my learning curve (without actually getting seasick), I realized that I had to let go of preconceived ideas. Those fantasy creatures with perfect noses and haunting eyes were probably not for me. It was better that I just covered the styrofoam and then let things happen as they happened.
Along the way I began to recognize the look that came most naturally to me. A somewhat primitive look - a simple look - a look that might tell a story. Why not try to recreate those aims using clay? Let's see what happens.
I'm sure there will be some changes as I go along - as I learn more, as I learn to control the clay better, as I venture out into the unknown. But for now - I'm happy, feeling quite elated that new little people are beginning to populate my studio.
"A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us." - John Steinbeck