Here, many days and much angst later, is the finished piece: 'Kindred Connections I', which refers to my own heritage: African American and Native American. Did I start out to create a piece which combined these two? No. I realized what was happening about 4 days into the 5 day process (definitely the longest I've had since the infamous Guild challenge piece from last fall), and once I did, it became a bit easier to finish. I often forget that when I'm confused about the direction I'm trying to take with a piece, I have to let it go where it will. Forcing things to work never works. But, when I let go of the process a bit, and become more open to the possibilities, things come together--often in ways I never "intended". Below is a close up of one of the two polymer clay pieces. It is textured, painted, and rubbed with PearlEx powders. Attached to it is a multicolored feather with a metal swirl jewelry finding set on top. I'm now inspired to create another in the series (this time without the blaring yellow which caused me much consternation!). So stay tuned.