Friday, June 29, 2012
A photograph this day
As I take it I am dressed in a wide-brimmed hat
a long-sleeved blouse
It is very hot
Nothing is moving
The groundhog is not munching clover in the paddock
Nor is the small rabbit, with her pink ears,
nibbling the grass at the edge of the path
The horses, the brown one and the red one, stand
in their dark stalls, noses to the fans
Large leaves of the mystery plant
hang like skin on old bones
The only natural sound is
the delirious repertoire
of the mocking bird
speaking for everyone
I return to the house and move into
air that has passed over cool, serpentine coils
and traveled through a maze of ductwork
so that I may send you this post
Thursday, June 28, 2012
At the Phillips I saw an exhibit of Antony Gormley's work. Beautiful, deep, fresh, soulful, intricate. Blew me away.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
So we will make this count, a plant grown from seeds I planted about a month ago, I guess. I got three packs of seeds, one of zucchini, one of yellow squash and one packet of pumpkin seeds. I dug shallow holes in various places around our property, like, in some of the flower beds, beside the manure pile, in the asparagus garden which had been rendered non-producing, thanks to a relative of aforementioned lettuce seedling eater, distinctly pro-producing...Anyway, I planted all three seed varieties together just to see what would happen ~ what would sprout, what would survive to bear fruit. So far there are many beautiful plants coming up all around and I don't know for sure which of the three they are. If they do make it past the rabbits and deer to fruition, then we will know!
Incidentally, if anyone knows what the plant is in this photo, don't tell me. I want it to be a surprise. And, I'd like to give a shout out to the extraordinary photographer, Aundrea Humphreys, for the idea of taking a photo from a perspective other than what might be obvious.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
My friend Nan asked me why the horses I draw, paint or build in a flat plane like this, mostly face to the left. I thought about it and the easy answer is that I'm right-handed, and since I usually start with the head, like writing on a page I move my hand from left to right to compete the form. But I also thought of how I groom a horse, from 'head to toe', and I think there is something I do with tactile memory as I draw, paint or build a horse. I kind of feel the form in my hand as I complete it. You know what I mean?
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This is a scene on a road close to our home. Used the Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop to get rid of some wires, as well as the symbol of the deer on the sign. And because I don't know how to layer one image on to another, I printed the altered photo, inked in the butterfly in the blank yellow space and scanned that back into the computer.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I punched holes with an eyelet punch along the 'spine', and hammered metal eyelets in a row, fastening the leaves together. This was not smooth sailing. The first one I overdid and punched a bigger hole than I needed. Got the hang of it, that is, I figured out how much pressure to use with both the punching and the hammering of the eyelet, by about the third hole.
Painted two small twigs gold and sewed them on along the row of eyelets. This process, too, was not without glitches. I had my mind set on using a knobby black yarn which kept getting caught in the eyelets and pulling them out. When I felt my patience begin to wane I settled for a thinner, less knobby yarn, which worked fine. I added too many beads and decided less was more and took some off.
When these 'pages' dry out a bit more I may try to do some calligraphy on them.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
This was an interesting exercise in construction. What did and didn't work. Balance. Also couldn't help thinking about how feminine this design is compared to the tall, flat wall I started with. An homage, perhaps, to all the nurturing fathers there are out there in the world on this Father's Day 2012.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I set the type, Chiller, what else?, printed it, scanned the print into Picasa, inverted the colors, Orton-ished it, and tinted it red with a red border.
This project took a better part of a day. I first drew the shape on a piece of matboard. Then I cut up the sixty pencils (I cleaned out the stock at the Dollar Store.) into random lengths on a band saw. I secured them to the board with wood glue and modeling paste. I was trying for a relief effect, doing the things farther away, like the two right legs, first, with shorter pieces, and making the pieces in the barrel, shoulder and hip the longest to appear closest. This shows up best in the first photo, but I like the image of the second photo (from behind) better. The two left legs are made from shorter pieces and are suspended away from the board. I had to use some Super Glue and prop them up with pieces of foam core while they set to make that happen. The mane and tail are pieces shaved from a pencil with an Exacto knife and secured by drizzling Elmer's over them. The piece measures 8"X12". It took over 60 pencils and cost under $4.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Did make me think, though, how much fun it would be to have a good swing, done right, in one of our taller trees. For the future...
(Thank-you to my photographer and wood donator)
Monday, June 4, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
Enjoyed the names of the crayon colors, in English, Spanish and French ~ red violet (violeta rojizo, violet-rouge), blue (azul, bleu), sky blue (azul cielo, bleu ciel), blue violet (violeta azulado, bleu-violet), apricot (albaricoque, abricot), melon (melon, melon), red orange (naranja rojizo, orange-rouge), goldenrod (amarillo oro, gerbe d'or), lavender (lavanda, lavande), orchid (orquidea, orchidee), yellow green (verde amarillo, vert-jaune), gold (oro,or), black (negro, noir), white (blanco, blanc)...