An advantage of living alone is turning my whole house into studio space with a notebook in every place where I might sit. You saw the blue notebook last week, that Katie gave me with the blue suede cover, so in it I specialize in blue arrangements on the drafting table in my bedroom.
I am continuing to pare down materials and possessions, feeling that this is an end-of-life process that will take a while. Yesterday I was in Seattle to see the show at SAM and my brother, Hugh, in yet another Musical…Sweet Land, only the second production in the US. Hugh thought Ragtime was his last show, but here he is, doing it again…and working for Port of Seattle again, too. Artists work very hard and don’t make much money, but we love our work most of the time.
Pieces that struck my eye at SAM this time: pattern on pattern, a new mask for the collection, a multimedia room, Nichole de Ment’s landscapes in mixed media and wax. Jodi Bento says Nichole is running another Arts Organization since I worked with her at Artist trust and making art in her “spare” time, as most of us have done. There was one Basquait, his first showing on the West Coast, but for some reason I didn’t take a photo…in his case, though I love his work, the images on computer are as compelling to me as the one in person. He made a Lot of work in his short life…I wonder if the process of being famous was what wore him out.
It’s very hot this Sunday afternoon, for the Northwest…hasn’t rained for a long time, a young male deer and a female are sitting in the shade under the evergreens in front of my window…looks as if everyone is staying inside this afternoon. I am thankful for the heat pump’s cooling ability. It’s even hotter in VT this summer.
I move restlessly from project to project. I’m making two wall pieces with some of Diane’s rust-dyed cloth and black velveteen. I’ll give her one for her birthday yesterday…very generous of her to share. Another part of divesting is giving work away, making aging a process of blending with the cosmos. Hot Flash and Gray Ash is the turn the new evolution of my Hot Flash book is taking…stay tuned!