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Border Collie completed

December 23, 2019

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Slowly the “to do” list is decreasing as 2019 comes to a close. Today I dropped off this cute Border Collie destined to reside in California. I hope it brings joy to it’s new owner. The people sending it were thrilled with the pup. Hearts are happy all around!

I think I’ll be pushing the critter creations in 2020. They bring me joy in creation and it’s touching to see reactions from those who receive them. Spinning and dying wool are also on the list. Knowing me I’ll branch off in other directions as things sprout up (printmaking, drawing, ceramics). The super large zebra print will also be carved and printed in 2020.

As of last month, I now own a pop-up 10 x 10 vendor tent for possible arts and crafts venues. One show I will enter is the Art in the Garden event at a local garden nursery. They have a big 2 day event that draws loads of folks with quite a bit of pocket money. I love to attend it every year as a patron.

May you all have a wonderful holiday if I don’t write again in 2019!

Happy Winter!

Gale

Post Safari Ideas

November 25, 2019

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It’s been 6 weeks since returning from Africa and not a peep from me regarding the trip. I managed to take thousands of images which have still yet to be figured out. Some images have already been sent off to become a 2020 calendar, others are starting to form ideas for future printmaking endeavors. Friends and family are still waiting to view images and videos taken…. I’ll get there soon!

The journey was incredible and I’m already trying to figure out how to return for another safari. So worth all the planning and air travel!!

So, what’s on  my workbench? #1- a certain book that’s very overdue. #2- a rather LARGE print block. 34″ x 24″ to be exact! I’m still blocking in the basic dark parts and probably won’t start cutting until mid December depending on other projects, but it’s started!

zebra print block start

Zebra with Oxpeckers first print will become a donation to the children’s group I support in Kenya. Hopefully my hands will be able to deal with the upcoming workout. Should be a fun experiment.

Hope you all are doing well and enjoying the change of season and anticipation of the upcoming holidays. Eventually I’ll get some safari photos up. Here’s a fun one while you wait…

Lioness in morning sun

Lioness in the morning sun. Maasai Mara, Kenya 2019 Gale Everett Studio

 

The countdown starts on both ends

September 13, 2019

Africa departure date: 22 September

Dave’s mom status: pre-active dying

Last night we actually had a quasi conversation on the phone with her. She was fairly lucid, had drunk several different items and had jello. My sister in-law had the phone on the table as she talked and worked to get Lucille to drink more from a cup. It was humorous at times with Lucille trying to spit seeds “out the window” (and there wasn’t a single pip in the drink). She seemed to know who we were but didn’t grasp the concept of not being there in person. “Come visit more” was her request, yet we live a fair distance away (Albany Oregon to Austin Texas is over 2 thousands miles apart). She got fairly jolly for a while, laughing at something. We said our goodbye and hung up.

Will that be the last time we hear her voice?

Today Tim reported she’s very peaceful resting in bed. Not agitated, not trying to fight things but picking bits of imaginary lint or strings out of the air. I’m glad she has a bit more peace today. The fighting to break out has been hard to digest even from so far away, but it’s been a fight for her life. Dementia hasn’t been part of my repertoire of diseases until Lucille was diagnosed. I’ve done some reading into it and it’s not been pretty. To think that the brain is withering away, neuron connections not making it through, a difficult path towards death for all involved. I read articles on current Alzheimer’s research and other dementia related brain disease. It helps the science side of me to grasp at the full process unfolding in our laps.

Nothing can alter the current path for Lucille. Her course is set. Arrival date unknown. We wait and hope she’s comfortable enough. Her crew that signed on to take her to the final destination have been wonderful. Hospice workers are amazing souls. My sister in-law and her family were amazing to have taken Lucille in to their home for the past 8 years. So much love surrounds this woman and her family.

We wait.

 

Fox Time

September 9, 2019

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I’ve been switching sites for the wildlife camera and was pleased to find a Grey Fox passing through our yard! We’re actually part of it’s nightly rounds and I have shifted from photo to video mode. Every morning I gleefully pull out the little SD card and put it into the reader slot of the computer. Unfortunately, I don’t subscribe at a high enough level to post videos, so I’m unable to share the fun stuff. Maybe I’ll consider it.

Africa trip is in serious countdown mode now! Checking more items off my list but more keep appearing…..

 

Border Collie #3 start

September 5, 2019

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Sculpture Day:

Another rough dog form has taken shape. Currently the neck and tail are too long, but should be able to solve the problem before coat application. This one is heading off to another artist who is one of the most amazing calligraphers. Her mother just passed away and apparently there’s a connection between the mother and border collies (not fully sure of the whole story, but that’s ok). Anyway, it should be a touching remembrance.

Wool used is from my friends sheep, processed by moi!

Hopefully in the next few days I’ll get this pup completed and out the door.

Keeping my head down and working like crazy….

Anemone Lamp progress

September 4, 2019

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*Lamp design for About Light show in November at The Arts Center of Corvallis*

Design Progress: It’s Wednesday September 4th and the clock is ticking down. Somehow I managed to stash myself inside the studio and force ideas onto actual paper with blade. Having a few parts started helps immensely. Shifting things around on the page physically makes more sense in my head. The whole thing started with photos and drawings. The finished panels will be 6 inches by 12 to 14 inches (still working on the height issue). Will each panel be a different design? All the same? More things to work out.

This isn’t coming terribly easy to my brain because I haven’t been seriously working in paper for many months. My hope is to at least secure the design before I depart September 22. Will I be able to accomplish the Display Narrative before departure too? Uncertain on that one! I can only hope that I return from Africa without major illness. Coming home sick would throw everything totally off track!

I started a Border Collie for a friend of a friend who just lost her mother. So many friends are losing parents right now. We too are going through the final weeks/days (?) with my mother-in-law due to vascular dementia.  Big hugs to my Texas family on the forefront of this process. Such a sad time for all.

On a totally different note: 

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We have rats! Urgh! I’m used to mice but this wasn’t what I wanted roaming around under the bird feeders. The dogs have been trying to catch them daily, but so far no luck. Think I need to bring in a few trained Barn Hunt dogs!

Onwards!!!

Life speed ahead!

August 31, 2019

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It’s almost September! Am I freaking out yet? YES!!!

Looking back over the past couple of months I realized how little I’ve been contributing on this site. Where did that last posting go (besides being filed in my brain)? Why didn’t I add the completed book page? Sitka Class? Felted creatures?  I seem to be having issues keeping track of everything going on around me. Maybe that’s a good thing? Maybe I’m feeling spread thin again? Maybe not enough stuff happening? Decreased medication load?

What’s on deck: One piece of artwork was donated to The Arts Center for their fall fundraiser Art for the Heart October 5th. Another work is in design stages for a show in November, needing completion before heading to Africa. A dog drawing for the final book for Cathe has been started, but not much progress of late and requires completion before Africa. Africa is setting a deep deadline!!

Accomplishments: A vegetable garden is growing! I’ve knitted two hats, with one being from wool that I spun! Below are some of the projects I’ve been working through in no particular order:

More fluffy sheep. I love making these guys now. I’ll put them on ETSY in late October.

Running with Scissors. My contribution to a class prayer flag during Sitka.

Wearable cut paper shawl cut from Tyvek and dyed with inks. Created during the sitka class

Crazy bird mask created in the sitka class

Iris for Karen. Watercolor, pen, pencil, colored pencil

Bandit in felt with leather collar and fimo clay heart.

Little Hazel. Felt with a Fimo heart

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Hat created from a wool-blend roving, hand spun by me! 

Hand spun Shetland Sheep wool. Yes I really did spin this!

And the non-art creation, but helps contribute towards artful eating:

Garden just after planting in early July

 

August 29, 2019 Garden: Tomatoes have taken over!

I think I’ll leave things here for now but with a little taste of Africa to come…

Royal Mara River

River in the Royal Mara, Kenya

Royal Mara Lion Track

Lion print in mud, Kenya Africa