Thanksgiving is a time for family. We spent the afternoon with my oldest brother, his girlfriend, her son’s family, and one of the nephews.
Hanging out with my oldest nephew. Is he really 29?
The baby wasn’t ready to hang out with me yet (clinging to grandma), but by the end of the evening, we were good buddies.
Goodies created by the hardworking food team
One of the main cooks! The extraordinary Tiffany!
The turkey was nice and tender but the gravy had a few issues…. I don’t think spreadable gravy will catch on big bro!
Another one bites the dust! That’s the problem with artwork, sometimes it just doesn’t survive critters or husband. The Oregon Rain vessel took a nose dive off the windowsill thanks to overly barkey dogs yesterday. Dave went to open the window to yell at them and the vase jumped. Maybe it’s a good thing. It helped clear a bit more space out of an overly crowded room. It was a piece from my university days and did happen to be part of a show at the River Gallery. Oh well. Nothing I can do about it now except let it go. It’s been 14 days since I’ve done a stitch of art. My time devoted to Eugene has increased which is ok. The more I can get done for the estate, the faster it can get off my hands! Over the past several months, I’ve discovered multi-tasking between the estate world vs. art world don’t mix well in my brain. I’ve become inefficient in both. So, now my artwork needs to rest while I wrap up other important issues. Insurance and taxes have been dealt with and coordinating repairs needs to start. The basement is almost fully devoid of crud. After many trips to the dumpster, plus two full truckloads to the local recycling center, we have rid ourselves of hundreds of pounds of fasteners(nails, screws, etc), electrical bits, plumbing, tools…. Who knew how much stuff one man could accumulate related to building? My message to people out there with giant garages/sheds/ homes stuffed with items: clean it out so your children don’t have to do it after you die! Trust me, your children won’t appreciate slogging through all your crap. Lighten your load and conscience! Your footprint on this earth doesn’t have to be so heavy.
There are hints of progress on moving all the rentals out of my hands. Oh yes, we actually have an offer on one (a horrible offer, but we will see where negotiations can lead) AND my sister is making ground on taking over ownership of the others. There really is a light at the end of the tunnel! Yesterday amid massive downpours, I traipsed around Eugene with my sister in tow to acquire new carpeting for one of the rentals. My goal is to have it on the market again by December. Maybe we’ll be able to tempt a student or someone during the holiday break.
Today, a Golden Crowned Kinglet decided to take a plunge into our sliding glass door. The morning temp was rather low (low 30′s) so I scooped him up and brought him in for a 20 min rest indoors. After keeping him in an enclosed box for that length of time and in a quiet room, he had perked up enough to release. It always surprises me how small some of the wild birds are. This guy was tiny!
Since he was bright eyed, I placed him in the fly through feeder to gather himself. I checked him after 3 min and he was gone! Hooray!
Today is my birthday and I decided to do something for ME! No estate items, bills, worrying about stuff that needs to be accomplished. It’s my day and I spent it working on a charcoal drawing I’ve wanted to do for years. Oh yes, it does involve a dog. Back in 2007, I took a trip to Amsterdam and Scotland with Dave and my father. Quite the epic journey & I won’t go into detail. While on the ferry from Oban to Mull (west coast of Scotland), we met a fabulous family (with their spaniel) heading to the island for holiday. It was late October, very grey, and windy. Their youngest child was sitting on one of those plastic molded deck chairs with her sweet dog buddy. I managed to snap a picture.
Today, I ran across the image and decided it was time do something about it. The start of the drawing is a bit clunky, but I think you can get the idea of where I’m heading. Dog head needs to increase in size before really starting in plus the child’s head is still needing work. My friend Rosie always complains about drawing the alien heads of children. She is so spot on with how difficult it is! I’ve not come close to attempting one for years. Up til now, I’ve chosen not to do much with human figures, but that might be changing. I really want to accomplish some sort of series of dog/people interactions. Prints and charcoal are probably going to be the medium choice. We will see where this leads.
What did I use? A full sheet of Rives BFK plus vine and compressed charcoal.
Sunday night I packed everything up from Judith’s studio and headed home. This last weekend was a mixed bag, a super busy Saturday but Sunday was a bit slower (ultra slow in sales). We had a great time talking with lots of people. I have to admit, chatting to people about my work is difficult. I’ve spent many years selling other peoples art, but never my own. Hopefully it becomes easier with time.
The home studio is now a mess and it will take some time to reorganize what’s returned. I’m also trying to figure out what direction I should now head towards. Will it be more printmaking or continuing to explore the lighted world? Time will tell.
I want to send out a big thanks to all the friends and new friends who stopped by for a visit and to those who purchased some of my work. Both weekends were so much fun and I’m looking forward to 2014! Oh, and the Pod lamps will be making an appearance on ETSY soon.
Above are a couple of shots from Sunday. I wanted to give those who didn’t make it out a chance to see the lighted corner. It worked quite well for all the lamps & pumpkin too!
Life is just flying by and I can’t believe the week is almost over. Wednesday we had Round#2 of preview tours for the open studio event. Incredible weather and a fabulous group of artists, I couldn’t have asked for a better night out. If you don’t get the opportunity to see me this weekend, have no fear cause I’ll be back for 2014!
Dave is off on another adventure involving a 20 ft. U-Haul, car in tow, and a bunch of furniture. Add in some crazy weather and no idea where he’s going (well, the end destination is Chicago but there are an awful lot of roads to choose to get there!). Apparently the corridor from Texas to Illinois and east are receiving loads weather. I’m so thankful we live in a boring section of the country!
I finally bit the bullet and started work on an official website. Domain purchased etc…. photos slowly uploading, trying to figure out how I really want it all displayed. Today I didn’t have as much time to work on it, nor on Friday. Maybe next week things might be up and running in a tentative state. I’ll keep you posted.
For Halloween night, I stayed home and pulled out my Niji carving set. The dogs really don’t do well with kiddos coming to the door, so I shut down all the lights to keep things calm. So with wine in hand, I tried my hand at carving a pumpkin with intention of popping in a 7 watt fluorescent bulb. What I ended up with was a dog. It’s based on a print titled “Blue Ball”. I’ve not yet figured out how to color the ball blue, but I still have a day before taking it along to Open Studio. My real hankering was to do a Douglas Squirrel. Glad I chose a familiar image. Working a curved surface is a bit different than a flat block. Maybe next year I can break down and give a different critter a try!
The pumpkin is safe in the fridge to keep it fresh for the weekend.
Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos!
Oh, I wish I was in Oaxaca right now…
Come see us! Sage Studio belongs to my friend Judith Sander. She graciously opens her doors to the public once a year during the Philomath Open Studio Tour and invites two artists to participate. Jerri Bartholomew (center) is an incredible glass artist who blends her scientific background and love of nature into her work. Judith’s collage work are stories of their own featuring strong women and various pets in their lives. She layers incredible color and texture into each work. Then there is me standing to the left. I feel so fortunate to be part of this group.
Here are a few shots of the studio before we opened the doors.
A very full and diverse mixed media studio!