A chevron of clouds outside the window where I work
We are in June-uary here now…an unpredictable month of heat and cold…and summer will be gone before I know it. This is the season for visitors…and making like tourists and enjoying our beautiful surroundings.
Sea Stack and beach near Joyce, wonderful patterns on the sand
Murdoch Beach at very low tide…the hills of Vancouver Island, Canada in the distance
Green rocks, Murdoch Beach, low tide…otherwise known as Round Rock Beach
One of the challenging pieces of retirement for me is inventing my own projects: Painted child-sized chairs for the library benefit in August, sharing a vest pattern with Katie and using up some of my incredible stash…I’m going to make the vest reversible. I get frustrated with creating clothes, both because they seem to take longer than my other projects and because I can’t seem to make them fit correctly…I usually too big. On Katie’s advice, I sewed the pattern out of muslin to try on before cutting up my pieced pieces.
Back of the vest–the other side will have lighter, brighter colors. I found the tan and black fabrics on a trip to Ashland, OR, with Hugh and Connie. Shakespeare Festival.
Top page prepped with Pastel Ground, bottom with gesso, very freeing to play and experiment without worrying about results. I like Twombly’s scratchy lines.
Back to drawing (today, in honor of the blog)…I knew I would come around again. Annie and I shared that it’s getting tough to find spaces to store the drawings and paintings that accumulate unsold. I have portrait paintings stacked around my living room, a flat file in the garage, and experimental drawings in sketchbooks, so they are held together. These are inspired by a book of Sally Mann’s photographs of Cy Twombly’s studio. After I took the photographs I added a coat of gel medium, to keep the chalk from smearing too much, but that process smeared the chalk and left me with a different, but also interesting feeling.
Rain sharpens the colors in my yard, an ongoing project of native plants and stones
The networking part of the week was attending a meeting of Washington Coast Works in Forks yesterday. The group, funded by the Nature Conservancy, is helping local people start sustainable businesses based on local resources. This group of entrepreneurs is So Uplifting to spend time with…everyone is so positive, interested, and supportive of each other…an antidote to the present day gloom and anger…may there be more of the good stuff in my life! We will help and encourage each other…I SO MUCH need projects to tackle, and the process is much more fun with like-minded others…Find the positive projects and people in Your neighborhood and join them!