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busy

Busy.

I am busy trying to forge my way through each day in the best way I can. I am busy watching spring come…slowly. I am busy digging in the dirt outside and planting seeds inside and putting grow lights on top and watering them and watching them sprout and grow and thinking of the beans and peas and tomatoes and flowers that will be adorning my garden in just a few weeks.

I am busy handing out rack cards for my Open Studio and finding creative ways of getting the word out so that it will be a busy weekend on May 21 and 22.

I am busy making sure that my intern has plenty of work to do in the studio. This means I am busy working on two new pieces that are both pods of some sort and will have interesting seeds inside. Here is what one of them looks like. I’m too busy to explain it. You will just have to come back and see it when it is finished. See all those pieces that have been cut and sanded? That is what my intern has been busy preparing so that I can be busy welding them on to the form.

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I am busy applying for shows. Busy applying with work that is really still just in my head so I have to find ways to describe it, draw it and explain my meaning, my raison d’être. I am grateful for the ease of applying online, yet I know that it really doesn’t cut down the time because every application has different criteria (72 dpi with file size no larger than…) and each gallery or art center uses a different application program. I am busy making usernames and passwords and signing up for all these programs that are supposed to make my life faster, speedier, less busy.

I am busy with the animals; cats who get into fights with the barn cat next door who wander onto our property with alarming frequency. Busy with cleaning wounds and monitoring abscesses and trying to run off the neighbor cats before there is a fight. Busy with dogs who don’t seem to understand the invisible fence anymore and whose passion for goat by-products entice them to go visiting the neighbor’s barns. (Yes, the same neighbors that send their cats over here.)

Yes, spring is a busy time. I’m okay with that.

 

observatory

Question of the day:

If you are a cat, where is the best place to observe the silly human who is digging in the dirt and planting stuff?

You get one guess…

whatcha doin'?
whatcha doin’?
I think I'll stay out of the way.
I think I’ll stay out of the way.

on a roll

I am humming these days…my brain cloud has blown off the coast and I can see clearly now the rain is…oh good grief.

What I’m trying to say is that I am on a roll. The studio is the place to be which for a few years it definitely was NOT. I am enjoying life and art and I am so very grateful for that.

So what is new in the studio? The kangaroo is continuing to take shape, although I am always taken by surprise at how many times I have to cut stuff out and start all over again. That is the problem with drawing in three dimensions. Erasing is not as easy as it is in two dimensions. But I am a strict taskmaster and if I don’t like the way something is looking then it must go go go. So you can be assured that the final roo will look different than the beginning shown here.

in process
in process

As far as those cool baskets/vessels/woven things go…I am revamping/revising the whole idea. After working on them for a year I have come to the realization that they are too time consuming to make with steel. From cutting to bending to welding to sandblasting to painting to weaving to reweaving…it is way too much work. So I am working on some new ideas with polymer clay and yarn. I am NOT going to show them to you (well okay, you can have this one sneak peek).

color galore!
color galore!

I am trying really hard to stay with the process as an experiment…to play with the unseen, the undone, the unknown. It’s all about playing, trying, doing. I tend to think too much and to want perfection which then makes the creative process just that little bit more tense and tight. Loosey Goosey is the idea, just try stuff, make it ugly…perfection and beauty are not the goal. New ideas/experiments are the name of the game. And this part of the process is mine, not yours. I won’t even promise that there will be a finished product for you at the end. I don’t want that stress, that pressure. I don’t want to be stuck in a box (although Max seems to enjoy that immensely.)

in a box
in a box

And finally, in case you happen to be in the area (or know someone who is in the area) I wanted to remind you that this Thursday is the opening of the sculpture show at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD. from Jan. 8 to Feb. 28. Four of my time-consuming baskets will be there. The opening reception is on Thursday Jan. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30…for more information click here.

 

smart cat

Taking a nap

in a basket

on a shelf

in the storage closet

surrounded by

a Scrabble game

Joseph Campbell

a puzzle piece

and some little plastic men.

It’s a cat’s life.

don't bother me
don’t bother me

finally

The sound of the black powder rifle is still ringing in my ears even though it has been 20 minutes or so since I heard it. This sound makes me glad that I didn’t choose to go for my usual walk to the stream this afternoon. The stream has other concerns these days as we are one day into hunting season. It is my least favorite time of year…I am on the fence about hunting in general, but I definitely don’t want to be physically anywhere near where it is happening. It could be detrimental to my health.

So I am going to spend the time getting to posts that have been on the back burner. Max, never one to mince words, says “Finally…it’s about damn time. NOW can you write about our walk last week…and don’t forget to put in lots of pictures of me, you know that people find cats way more interesting than the silly nature stuff you usually post.” And I, the dutiful cat owner, say “of course Max…whatever you want”

So here goes.

We met at the prayer flags. They are totally bleached, but I figure that they are still blowing blessings far and wide so it’s not time to change them yet.

the beginning
the beginning

Max asked me where we were going so I turned around and pointed. “There” I said.

the destination
the destination

“Then I should come and protect you against anything scary.” I was glad to have his company.

Our first stop was to check the ribbon piece (which, incidentally, is still waiting for the last two pieces to come home from the painter’s). They are still beautifully pink. In the yellow orange light of the late afternoon sun, they actually glowed.

ribbon

still pink!
still pink!

I took some pictures of ordinary leaves because I was in an ordinary mood.

an ordinary twosome
an ordinary twosome
another ordinary oak leaf
another ordinary oak leaf

And then, because even ordinary things have interesting moments, I got mesmerized by one leaf that was being affected by the wind.

no wind
no wind
wind
wind
no wind
no wind

Max was still with me although he was disgusted at my fascination for something so mundane as a leaf. He has more important things on his mind.

he's still coming
he’s still coming

We made it all the way down to the bottom of the hill before I found more things to take pictures of.

The bittersweet is still there, although it is starting to show its age.

still there
still there

Max made sure that the stream is still there…

checking out the stream
checking out the stream

…and then took a moment to hang out on my shoe, one of his favorite spots.

on my foot
on my foot

Since I couldn’t move, I decided to take a photo of the end of a November day.

goodbye to another day
goodbye to another day

Max, being a cat, must take many breaks.

cats need their rest
cats need their rest

So I went off without him, around the corner to check on the Winterberry and Chokeberry. They are still there and still beautiful and still too far away for me to get close to.

still there
still there

Wondering where Max had gone while I was off on an adventure, I called him. I shouldn’t have wondered. He was right where I left him.

waiting for me
waiting for me

I waited for him to catch up.

I'm walking
I’m walking
very serious
very serious
wait a minute, I hear something
wait a minute, I hear something

Dogs barked in the distance which is always cause for concern.

dogs barking
dogs barking

At this point I found one of the most fun things on the walk. Three water beads on a blade of grass. I realize that this might sound a little insane but for me it was a mini-magical moment that was all mine. I will share it with you because I am that sort of person. Max, of course, was not terribly impressed. He sees them all the time.

my turn to dawdle
my turn to dawdle
I'm not impressed
I’m not impressed

Then I started walking back over some black walnuts that have been on the ground a good long while. My not-so-inner artist came out and I had to play with them.

sculpture
sculpture

Max, knowing it might be a while, went to check out the brambles but didn’t find anything. I continued to play.

there's nothing interesting in there
there’s nothing interesting in there

walnuts walnuts

multiples
multiples

I won’t have this ability for too much longer, most of the walnuts look like this…the squirrels have been busy.

squished
squished

As we came back up the hill towards the house, Max decided he needed one more break.

exhausted
exhausted

The light was waning, the air was growing colder so we parted at the prayer flags and made a date for another walk…some time after hunting season. You are invited too…

buh bye
buh bye

working on the giraffe

It was one of those gorgeous late fall days that kinda resembles an early fall day except with less leaves on the trees. The kind of day when a cat climbs on the giraffe you are trying to repair and you absolutely have to stop and pull out the iPhone, wishing you had time to go in and get your “real” camera but knowing if you do, the cat may just decide to go visit the neighbors while you are gone so you decide to take whatever picture you can get. The type of day where lying on the grass doesn’t happen until after 11a.m. but then it is imperative to lay down and look at the sky, except there is a giraffe in the way so you have to take a picture of that too because, quite frankly, how often have you had a chance to lay on the ground and look up at the under side of a giraffe, even if it is steel. There is a good possibility that it will happen again but perhaps not soon as it is, after all, late fall and frost and snow are not that far away. And you look forward to tomorrow when the generator might work a little better because the mechanical wizard came home from playing golf and has worked his magic on it and also reminded you that the little welder, which you haven’t touched in years, has a dial for regulating the gas which you seem to have forgotten because you are, well, forgetful and old(er) and impatient. But for now you are content to just lie in the grass and contemplate a cat and the underside of a giraffe.

hi mom
hi mom
I'm upside down!
I’m upside down!
Can I get in?
Can I get in?
max and his giraffe
max and his giraffe
from below
from below
the front
the front

the day I caught a cat

I put a bucket out on our back porch the other day. I really didn’t expect to catch anything, most of the critters around here are too smart to just jump in a bucket for no particular reason. I didn’t even put food in it because I didn’t want to attract the wrong crowd, namely the insects that forage for an easy meal wherever they can find it. So imagine my surprise when, right under my very nose, I caught a cat! She jumped right in as if she owned the darn thing and proceeded to investigate her new home. It was to her liking for a while although she took offense at having her picture taken multiple times. I had to take them as I wasn’t sure anyone would believe me that I caught her. She eventually vacated the premises when I tried to carry the bucket to the garage to show my husband what I caught. Evidently the bucket was fine when it was stationary but she didn’t like the fact that it was transportable. After she jumped out she gave me one last scornful look and went to find a chair to have a nap in. I left the bucket out to see if I could catch anything else. I doubt it.

look what I caught!
look what I caught!
It's so cute!
Can I keep it???