Displaying our catch back in 1975: big sister and I holding up trout probably caught along the Donner or Blitzen river by the Steens Mountains in south-eastern Oregon. Our dad filleted and cooked them for dinner. It was a big milestone for me, my first successful fishing trip. The sport didn’t “catch” on. I did a few other worm drowning experiences and one fly fishing trip, but that’s about it. Fly fishing, according to my dad, was the only real fishing one could do. I loved to watch him loft out line and drop it right on target.
Thursday I reached a different milestone: I graduated from physical therapy sessions. Three months of foot work is over. They even offered me a tshirt, but I declined. Yes, I’m actually able to walk without pain. The feet and ankles still require some major muscle building and constant attention, but the tools to accomplish the task are now in my hands (or feet!). Two years of pain are finally behind me! I’ll miss seeing the therapist and staff, but hope to stay away for a long while depending on future exercise routines. The next thing to work through are the fingers. I’ll be in splints for the next few weeks to keep from using the damaged digits. If that doesn’t help, then I might be back to see Paula again. I’ve also set myself up for creating one more Camas plant for an upcoming show at the Benton County Historical Museum. It’s a month away. I should be able to do it, I think!
There is another milestone coming that scares the crud out of me. Next Wednesday I give an artist talk regarding the Camas project in Halsey. I get a tad freaked out with public speaking, but hope to make the experience easier with a slide show and props. This should help focus the talk and keep people interested. There might be more than 10 people there. I can handle a small group, but I think there will be quite a gathering. Probably best not to know the numbers in advance.
Last Sunday was another marker of time. We had a memorial gathering for my brother-in-law who passed away 2 months back. It would have been his 62nd birthday. A wonderful outpouring of love from his siblings, their children, and our side of the family. He would have liked it.
Last night we visited the site after attending the opening event in Brownsville for one of the other Art in Rural Storefronts artists. My goal was to inspect lighting and the general nighttime appeal.
Our conclusion: Night viewing is the best! I’ll get back there soon for better images. The windows are tough to shoot through and you certainly don’t see the entire display in one go. The smartphone was all I had for these images.
All 3 exhibits look best at night!
This installation is located at: 773 W First street in Halsey Oregon.
It will be up until the end of November.
Artist talk: September 24, 5:30-7:30 at the Halsey Community Center.
materials used: wire, bees wax, tracing paper, books, newspaper, grass seed, dress patterns, soft pastels, ink, charcoal, glue, reinforcing bar, concrete piers, hollow core doors.
The Camas are finally at their new home! So how does one move 7 panels and 8 camas 20.7 miles? Carefully and in 2 trips. Start by hinging panels.
Then load in the back of the car.
Take to the newly painted and roofed library building in Halsey.
And start installing while having a conversation with the local newspaper reporter, city manager, and additional library supporters who came and cleaned the windows! What great support from this city!
Rather than creating end supports for the backdrop, I chose to place hinges on the front and curve the entire expanse. Self supporting!
Packing rocks into the hole to secure the camas.
Signage! The QR code even works!
What’s next on the agenda? September 24th is the reception in Halsey for the project. October and November will be dedicated to Philomath Open Studio Tour. Oh, and then there is the next BIG project that I have to submit a proposal for. It would be even larger in scale than the Camas project, taking about a year to complete. We shall see if the Arts Center bites for this new installation idea!
Off to clean up the studio spaces and get life back in order! I feel free! :)
Today was the easiest part of the install, delivering the camas. I gently placed them in the car, removed all the honey bees wishing to tag along (always an issue with bees wax) and off I went.
It is a breezy afternoon and I almost had a camas incident when they were all leaning against the wall. Fortunately, I happened to be there, captured the ones attempting to escape and lean them all against the railing. Whew!
They are all in the building and waiting for final placement once the backdrop is delivered. I took along a measuring tape to make sure the wall of hills would fit. We have 1.5+ feet to spare!
Off to finish the mural!
Above is about half of the mural (and the most completed section at this point). More to work on. Lots of spray fix between layers of pastels and charcoal. Whew, I can’t wait to be done with this thing!
Materials: book paper, charcoal, tracing paper, pastels, acrylic ink, glue, recycled doors and latex wall paint.
Installation in Halsey: Tuesday afternoon.
Above is the 19.5 feet of background mural/collage. It’s started, but still a long ways to go (but not too long!) Yes, I’ve decided to do some of the hills in collage with paper used in the project. It seemed appropriate to incorporate paper in some sense. It’s been a crazy hectic week and I’ll possibly fill ya in later… or not depending on my schedule. Oh so much work completed! Two days until installation!!! I’ve got to put my nose to the grind stone and keep the momentum flowing.
Below: Mary’s Peak in the drying stage. I spray fixed the charcoal drawing then overlaid tracing paper with a glue solution. Drawing on matte finish latex paint is great!
Attaching grass seed securely and keeping it from falling off the forms during wax application ended up being a challenging task. I could imagine the wax bath becoming clogged with oodles and oodles of loose seed. A cleaning nightmare! First idea: sandwich seed between 2 sheets of paper, similar to what I did with the ashes. Downside: it creates a lumpy texture and possible air bubbles when saturated with wax. Second idea: utilize the same “glue” (but a tad thicker) that I’m already using and apply a second coat to secure things in.
I opted with the second idea since the concept of extra texture was appealing. Once the experiment started, I worked through all the forms without much difficulty (except for how dense the seed became on the form). They did have to be thoroughly dried before adding additional coats of sticky stuff. Hmmm, what about color? I probably should have added color BEFORE attaching all the seed. Bummer!
In the end, the color leaned towards light aqua, similar to the Ledger Camas.
Seed Camas, without flowers. Hopefully none of the grass seed starts sprouting! Wow, now there’s an idea for a completely different work…