Sabbatical has begun and I am off and running. I have several exciting events coming up.
I just finished 4 new pieces for our faculty exhibition at the Art museum. I am missing an image of one of the pieces but will grab that as soon as I get permission to photograph in the museum.
This piece is called :
Anniversary of the storm
Laser etched drawings on plastic hung from steel
Welded steel, paper, wood, and cast pewter
cast paper, maple, graphite, and cast iron
sketch for cheated- inspiration..cheat grass taking over our landscape and cheating sagebrush of the mister it needs to survive
This piece is a mix of drawing and casting that is a different way of working for me in that I am casting metal in relief and putting it on the wall- literally holding the drawings up. I am excited about the scale of this piece, the materials, the outcome is vivid and clear, heavy and light.
I come on and say- so much is going on that I let that stuff stop me from doing what I really want to do- which is communicate to others. I do that but instead of through my work- I end up on email, the phone or even worse- texting!
Well now we are socked in weather wise and I get t enjoy my amazing studio even but for an hour!
This is when it is good to be a maker of seeds as I always get to concentrate on objects that need sun and warmth versus what I sometimes see outside of our window- but Im not complaining! We were due this weather and it is perfect for snowballs! Thick, wet, and full of moisture to allow me more seeds to work from when its over!
I am starting a new batch of work finally after struggling with the South High project and no word as to its progress- gotta love the government!! My focus is now on projects I can repeat and create quickly as to gain some instant gratification. This is fun because it tells me how good my skills are as to how much less time it takes for me to render something.
My students say I make things look easy- but I say after over 20 years I better make it look easy from mere practice!!
So many amazing opportunities have been coming my way that I will be writing about in the next couple of weeks.
Beginning in May 2014 I was asked to work with the students of South High School in Cheyenne, Wyoming to create a public art piece for their round about outside their school.
I have visited with them every couple of weeks starting Fall 2014. We have been working towards a viable idea and we have come up with :
This piece really speaks to these kids and how they feel like the weeds of the town, being from the other side of the tracks, I really wanted to give them a piece that would not rust but will stay pristine and precious so hopefully they feel they are as precious/valuable as we know they are.
Its almost iron pouring time and I am sketching ideas out to start now.
Taking orders now for utilitarian needs!
Its raining here in Laramie, which is not normal but gladly received. My flowers are so happy.
After a thoughtful conversation with a dinner guest- I learn amazing facts about the future of water on this planet and contamination specifically. From New Orleans to Laramie, Wyoming- its a shock to think about water shortage. I grew up surrounded and drenched in water. Humidity and moisture galore to all encompassing dryness. A body of work is on the drawing board to explore this more. After our summer vacation- both David and I say we have never seen so much rain in such a short time. Spending time at the gulf..cant help but seep into my brain and my skin!! miss that....
getting ready to meet the curator for the Portland Museum as well as get loaded up to teach a workshop for K-12 Art teachers in Cody, Wyoming. I' m looking forward to it all but really am itching to get into the studio now that the semester has gotten underway. Too many ideas too little time! Will add some new pictures next week when I return! I have to get ready for two shows coming up and a move to new art facilities!! Pictures of that can be found on www.uwsculpture.blogspot.com.
So new work- it was hard to take a picture of because it is not cured yet, but there are small figures hanging off of some of the seeds. The resin is taking longer to cure here- I guess there is way more humidity in the air than in Laramie- which is unfortunate and a bit stressful but hopefully all will be done by Saturday on my departure. I cant believe 4 weeks have gone by already!!
This is by far the best part of my day here at Jentel. All until Angie and I heard a large plop and splash and realized a snake had fallen off the nearby bridge and was headed our way. luckily he headed off into the bushes before getting to us, but I did manage to get up on my chair with the quickness to avoid him/her. Excitement!!
I am really excited about this piece. the poppies will have architectural elements but I am still making those parts. Time- can anyone ship me some more time? Ill pay for it :) If you have seeds too- send them my way- love getting them from around the country.
I realized I have put work up in awhile but its because I have been working on molds and fighting a bit with having less dryness than in Laramie to help me gets these guys dry so I can de-mold. It is going slow but progress can be seen regardless.
I am collecting more and more seeds everyday for future works. Its great to have time to think allowing the ideas to keep flowing now its just a matter of making time once I am back to civilization!! Im excited by what is happening and the opportunities that keep coming my way based on this work.
So it was my turn to cook and so because we were watching Big Lebowski last night and he is always in his robe and slippers I made us breakfast for dinner. Garlic and rosemary fingerling potatoes, poached eggs with a tarragon bearnaise, cayenne and brown sugar bacon, and banana gluten free pancakes with a chantilly almond cream and blackberries. It was delicious and pretty to boot. Will definitely have this again!!
Though a misprint in the date..way to go editors, this happened yesterday and was great to do because we all got to hear what each of us does. A good crowd of locals came out for it and we met some great Sheridan artists.
so we had several skillet dishes so far- lauren's very spicy drunken noodles, and I made a ginger garlic shrimp with kale dish for us for lunch. yummy... Tonight is breakfast for dinner night with my mother in laws yum brown sugar bacon and banana pancakes with almond chantilly cream. Its Big Lebowski night and I figured since Jeff bridges is in his robe and slippers the whole movie..breakfast would be good for my night.
Charles and Kristina surprised me while visiting Jentel for future residency possibilities. After 7 years- too long but so good to see them! What a small world we live in. Unfortunately I had a migraine on this day but they definitely made my day better!!
So here is Lauren (Baltimore) and Dave (New York) as we spent time at "The Mint" while Dave and I were on a date in Sheridan. When I returned on Sunday this was the meal Dave fixed for the group on his dinner duty night-amazing!! Each night we take urns, and so far they are all a tough act to follow!