Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sculpture and To Grandmother's House

I signed my name on the big carving so that means it's done. Right?

If only that were true. I thought the hard part WAS the carving.
No. The current step is the hardest part. (Remember this, Patrick, and stop complaining!)

We've redesigned the housing yet again to be simpler to produce, use less metal and cost less.
Hoping this iteration will work as it needs to be installed by the end of November.

Wish me luck.....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sculpture and the Uncomfortable - Katerina Kamprani

Like a dream of Franz Kafka, utilitarian objects loose their function and acquire different meanings
in a series called  The Uncomfortable by architect Katerina Kamprani.

She's brilliantly................peverse.

Ms. Kamprani says of herself: "I am an architect and I do the work of a rational engineer by day.  I have experience in the designand construction of buildings,  interiors and exhibition booths.
 I am currently employed at ncmp architects.

By night, I am a design enthusiast, interested both in graphic and product design.
As a graphic designer, I have enjoyed freelancing on various projects from branding, to illustrations and print design. In my free time, I re-design everyday objects for my personal project  
 I love image making in any way shape or form, but my favorite tools are 3dsMax and Vray.

Panic attack stairs?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sculpture and To Grandmother's House

The end of this carving is in sight!
I'm down to cleaning up rough cuts and a few last minute refinements.

The focus now shifts to the metal housing. Bids have come back at 2 to 3 times the original estimates. That's a big set back that's forcing a re-design of the metal housing.

So while I figure this out, let's enjoy how far this project has come....... From this
to this.....

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sculpture - Tools and Materials

Do you collect beautiful papers, textiles, wood veneers, etc? If you do, then you know that
materials that inspire and delight you have a way of accumulating in drawers, chests, closets and sheds.

I've been wanting to replace my tool box of clay tools, it was too difficult to find the tool I needed.
A wooden box with drawers was a cheap solution, but I wanted it to be better than cheap. Using
wall paper paste and two different papers it is transformed into something useful that delights me.

 This project could be quickly accomplished, immediate gratification as there's that big carving.....

Instead of hiding in my paper drawers, now I can enjoy these papers and my new tool box.

Yes, I should get rid of my old tool box, but it was modified to also be a small easel.
Do I store this box in my box collection?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sculpture and Drawing

We had LuLu with us at Brietenbush. Her 6th grade teacher assigned science work of observing something for 15 minutes every day. What better way to study something than to draw it?

We walked to the river daily.

There were several battered Chinook Salmon in the shallows around this rock.
They were shy and very difficult to draw. What now?

 You let her sharp eyes find what interests her! 
Almost invisible on the rocks above the salmon was this fragile 2 inch exoskeleton of an insect.
Perfect for close observation. We discovered it would blow away if either of us breathed on it!
( I think it's a stonefly nymph. )
My drawing...

 Lulu at work on her drawings above and below, the finished results.

Not an easy thing to draw, tiny and very complex. She did well, no?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sculpture and Rest

It's good to take a break from your work, though I'm taking my drawing pad and paints....
I'm off to the mountains at Breitenbush Hot Springs for much needed days of Rest and Rejuvenation.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Art and Fears

I don't post long rants because no one on a computer or phone reads a wall of text.

But writer Elizabeth Gilbert's compassionate wake-up call is worth it.
And I want to be able to find and re-read it every time I'm beset by doubts mid-project.


The other day, a brilliant friend of mine let me read the first draft of a book she's been working on for years. It was wonderful. But that's not what I want to talk about. 

What I want to talk about is what happened AFTER I told her how wonderful her book was. She sent me a long email detailing all her fears about how bad her book actually is, and about how nobody will like it, and that it's overly simplistic, and critics will call it self-indulgent, and that I'm just being polite when I say that it's good.

 (To reiterate, her book is GREAT.)

Normally, I would have responded with a long, tender, compassionate letter — trying to convince her once again of her talents, and of my support and faith in her. But I was tired and in a hurry. So instead, I just wrote the truth.

 I wrote this: 

"Listen, honey — I read through all your anxieties and your fears here. And I just have to say something very bluntly: Your fears about your book aren't very interesting or very original! I can say this with complete authority, because they are exactly the same fears that I have, whenever I am about to release a book into the world. And I know for a fact that my fears are not interesting at all. (Like yours, my fears alway sing this familiar, droning old song: 'Your work is garbage, it will be criticized as self-indulgent, it's too simplistic, it has no value, nobody will buy it, your friends are only being nice to you when they say it's good, you just wasted a whole bunch of time for no good reason, you are done for and washed-up'). "

Moreover, I have it on good authority that these are exactly the same fears that EVERYONE who has ever finished a book (or created anything) feels. In other words, your fears are just regular old mass-produced, made-in-China, sold-at-Walmart fears. Nothing fine or precious or artisanal about them. So don't treat them like they're precious. 

"I realized this about my own fears a few years ago — that they are always exactly the same, and that they are always exactly the same as everyone else's, and therefore they are nothing special and actually just kind of boring. (I want to say to my fears sometimes, "Really? That's the best you can come up with? This old song again? REALLY — you're telling me once again that I'm not good enough? That my work isn't good enough? That's it? That's seriously the best you got, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS? Jeez, get some new material, dude.")

"So now I just come to expect those completely boring and unoriginal fears to show up every time I write anything, and I don't even pay attention to them anymore, because they never have anything new to say. They're just the neighbor's dogs, barking incessantly in the yard next door, blah blah blah. But they never bite. They can never escape the yard. They have no real power. So I just move ahead and do my work. There's that old Bedouin line: 'The dogs bark; the caravan passes anyhow.' Your caravan needs to pass along now on its journey, whether fear barks at you loudly or not. It's time. 

"Because here is what IS interesting and original: This book that you just wrote. And here is what else is interesting and original: Whatever is about to happen in your life next, when you send that book out to publishers. Because god only knows what will happen. Could be good, could be bad. We have no idea. Because the future is a mystery And mysteries — unlike fears — are always interesting. So let's focus on the interesting parts (the creativity and the mystery) and forget about the fear. Time to be stubbornly brave, and dignified in the face of any fate."

So that was my letter, and my friend said it made her laugh (which is good, because I was a little afraid it might make her cry)...and since laughter is good, now I'm sharing the letter with you all. In summation: Your creativity is fascinating, but your fears are not. (Spoken from somebody who REALLY knows what she's talking about — because she has the most boring fears in the world, and she does her work, anyhow.) Now go make your thing. ONWARD,

Elizabeth Gilbert