Saturday, May 18, 2013
video courtesy of Gerry Broome
So.... remember Gerry was shooting a video at Shakori? Wesley helped with audio and it turned out fantastic. I didn't think I would be able to post it because he was making it for AP video. It took Gerry three days to shoot the thing, three days to edit, then it went to the video peeps and they took awhile to get to it, then got back to him saying it was a week old and they couldn't use it...... what?
So lucky for me, I got it for my blog. YAY for me, too bad for AP! Susan and TIm are so talented, this deserves to be seen!
Friday, May 17, 2013
notice the byob mug from Mark Heywood, it makes the perfect traveling companion!
All my art pals were there last night and it was so great to see all of them. I am surrounded by talented friends, it's just amazing.
Laura hates it when I post pics of her on my blog, this seemed like a good solution, haha!
Thanks Barbara for the email to say that TODAY is Friday, I have no concept of time.....
Thursday, May 16, 2013
at Tossing Ashes
Robert Bullock is the other featured artist and the show is called Anthro/Morpho.
See more at Outsiders website here
I hope lots of folks show up tonight to support some great art!!! See ya there!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
Like many of you, I had an outdoor event on Saturday. I was driving down to Saxapahaw and the clouds got darker and darker and finally right before I got there, the rain came. Of course.... Wesley was with me and we just pretended we didn't see the large drops of water hitting my car. I refuse to be defeated by the weather this year, I am mostly going to ignore it if at all possible!
It let up just a bit when I got there and then found out they had moved the market over to the Haw River Ballroom, which is a fantastic space, an old converted mill that is now a music venue.
The band got to play on the stage indoors, great for them, the sound system is fantastic. I had a choice to be inside or under the porch and I figured it would be better outside, so I set up right at the front door. I could see and hear the band and I had a lot of traffic. Did pretty well considering the weather.
My iris bloomed for Mother's Day, aren't they pretty?
Wesley and Gerry gave me a beautiful orchid. They also gave me a hand crafted cedar planter box from a gentleman at the Carrboro Farmer's Market. I have been looking at them for a year or more wanting to get one. I need to go out today and pick up some herbs to plant in it. I also need to get back to work in the studio this week. Finishing up the haiku barn, it's coming along very nicely!
Happy week, all
Friday, May 10, 2013
There are Messengers
Who come forth from old trees
Bless us like sunlight
I have started working on the barn commission for the principal at Wesley's old school. He is a charming man, loves art, plays the piano, loves nature. He wrote a blog post about sitting in a Japanese garden and after I read it I was inspired to stamp a haiku on the barn for him. I asked Wesley to write it for me and this is what she gave me this morning. I got a little teary reading it. I knew she would deliver, she has a love for words like no one I have ever met. When she was at this school, she wrote many many haikus and she was inspired musically so many times by this principal. I remember once she came home and told me about walking in on him, alone at the piano, playing Colors of the Wind, her favorite childhood song. It was such a special moment that she will always have a memory of.
I'm excited about this piece, it will be very special. I like commission work for these barns most of all, and that may be where I leave them. I can't see me making lots of them for sale anymore, but who knows.... right now, it's all about the small inexpensive work for the summer. And just getting back to enjoying the process.
Walt opens tonight, love opening night at the theater! I am still gathering props, jeez! with just 10 hours before we open, pretty typical. This used to make me nuts, now I just go with the flow.....
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
I got an email yesterday from Wesley's old high school. The principal is leaving and they have asked if I could make a barn for him and personalize it. I am so flattered and touched that they would ask me, but with all the barns I have on the shelves I am truly less than motivated to make another one and this wet weather is killing me. How can I get slabs to stiffen up in this weather?! and my head is one big throbbing sinus project these days. Not to mention my current preoccupation, thinking about sheep, haha! I need some inspiration, I would like to make one for him, he is a great man and definitely influenced Wesley's life.
I walked up to Richard Petty at the Charlotte Motor Speedway years ago when I was there helping Gerry run film. I asked him if we could have our picture made together. He put his arm around me and said, "let's do it". What a legend........
I might last a week with one....