Starting from the Middle

My process of paper cutting begins with a spark of an idea, a glimmer of a thought, or a single clip from a situation.  I'll draw the image that comes to my mind and rework it a few times in a sketch pad.  I try to shape  the imagery so it has  a sense of movement and conveys a feeling.  I will then draw that image in reverse on the paper that I will be cutting from.

I will then study the drawing and how the shapes connect with one another.  I will make a note of what areas I will first cut away and mentally map out the progression.  It is advisable to cut from the middle of the paper and then move out towards the edges.  It helps lessen the chances of tearing the paper. 

As I pick up my knife blade to begin my paper cut I usually have a slight pang of anxiety, a nervous twinge of doubt... It is a new beginning and I don't want to make mistakes, I don't want to ruin the drawing that I worked so hard on. 

I think to myself... start from the inside and work your way out.  Begin with the little details and the areas that are difficult first.  Gradually the shapes are taken away and soon a rhythm begins, and I feel a comfort and oneness with the art.  When it is all said and done things usually work out just fine and I am very happy with the results.

Such is with life in general, start from the inside and work your way out.  If I am facing a problem, trying something new, or unsure what to do next, I try and tackle the issue at hand.  I'll deal with the little difficult details first and then things seem to fall into place and when it is all said and done, things usually work out just fine.

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