Today has been all about containment and organization. Two things I love to do - I love to be able to see what is what - and to organize it all to a manageable array. Here is one shelf of my pantry. I was able to kill two birds with one stone: I had a jumble of glass jars that I could not part with just taking up space, I began removing them from the pantry to bring them downstairs for storage when my mind put two and two together and I decided to empty out all the random bags of nuts and Grains and rice and Etc and contain them in my variety of glass jars. It is so much nicer! So easy to see what I have on hand. I love it!!
I am looking through some old journals in my quest to gather my life history onto this website. I have a lot of sketches in the various journals, and it would be a MAJOR undertaking to capture them all - I do not think it is worth my time. But a few will make the cut. These are two from my Taiwan Journal writing and sketches done in June 1999.
I am thinking about adding a page about the artists I love, or studio shots that inspire me. Here is one of my very favorites: Ruth Asawa. her work is simply amazing and it hits me right where it counts.
My outdoor studio is a move-able feast... Today I decided to clean up our act on the beach path. All detritus collected and carried to the beginning of the path to be re-organized. All buoys attached to the beach hut now, which I love because it helps it to look less like an out house. Ha ha...
All other items will be disbursed throughout PIE in the hopes of sublimation...
A few of my most recent chainsaw carvings. I also use the bandsaw to add texture, and/or smooth rough edges. This is part of an ongoing series of objects. Pictured here:
Double Bowl - Pinard Horn - Chalice - Trough - Double Cup
Verisimilitude is not my goal... I am after a hint, a gesture, a suggestion of form... a stoicism and certainty of identity still... These objects know what they are, they know where they stand.
New edition for WIPE Artist book. This time my latest non-art passion: Pickleball! merges with my art world. I wonder if it is as big in Australia ,where this mailart will be heading tomorrow, as it is here it the US?
I found a Pickleball friend playing Mahjong when I went to pick up my latest Art acquisition today, a vibrant stunner by Kate Freeborn. Then went to check the mail and this is what I found... A Sand Dollar! :)
While at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona on our 14 year delayed honeymoon, we toured the process gallery and many things struck me, but one in articular really struck a chord. He used string and weights to measure the arches he wanted to make. It is fantastic as an art piece in itself, never mind an incredibly inventive method to determine an architectural structure. Wne I was at a time in my life that I was drinking a lot of tea, I woud dry out the tea bags probalby thinking I would compost them, but as they collected and formed a beauriful array, I felt the connection to Gaudi, and began making this homage to him.
Retirement... What can I say?
It is a wonderful thing. I feel strange even saying that I am retired... I feel so young, and I never really had a 'career' and I never managed to make very much money... but I learned how to be frugal, how to be a non-consumer - how to use what I have at hand - how to live below my means.
What I absolutely LOVE is the TIME I have! I have time to devote to studio work, to learning new things, to reworking this website (creating rabbit holes!) The days melt into each other and I am in love with my life more and more.
(Image: my former place of employment, the Portland Museum of Art where I worked from 1988 (on and off) until my retirement in 2021)
Patience is a virtue, or so they say. We built the studio in 2015, and here is is 2023 and we are finally getting around to the interior work. This too will be slow, and I will have to continue my embrace of patience. But it is happening!!! Insulation and drywall going up!
Who am I?
an artist first and foremost
Live with Art!