It’s been too busy here to even think much about turning on the computer. Berries are ripe, vegetables are piling up, wood needs to be split, and the house definitely needed a spit-shine to get ready for visitors. The hot summer has made for lots of watering, but also for beautiful plants.
I have a few things of my own growing in the yard, and I’m lucky to have generous friends with amazing gardens and farms. I am stuffing vegetables in my mouth as fast as I can, knowing that they are never as good as they are right now.
Adding to summer madness was a four dog porcupine incident (in their defense, the porcupine came inside their fence, but still. . .)
This was a mild case! Little Irene, 35 pounds of blood lust, had about a hundred quills and would have kept going back for more. Vets 1, Porcupine and dogs, 0.
It seems as though grabbing good solid work days is very hard this time of year. I am working my way down the list of promises, and delivered some work to the blue.hollomon gallery in Anchorage last week. It had to be a quick trip – and I just had to put the blinders on and drive past all the good hiking on the way south. “Quick trip” in Alaska in the summer is a loose term, as there is always a lot of road work:
I’m finishing up a couple more pieces before I close up the box for Imogen gallery in Astoria next week. It’s good to have the smaller work to balance out the big project that lurks upstairs.
It has taken a little while to figure out the approach to this huge undertaking. After a few false starts I decided that scale was no reason to change the way I usually work (as coaches say, never try something new in a race. . ) This means more or less that I’m just going for it. I generally work from a minimal sketch on the final piece itself and solve the problems that arise as I go along. It’s not different, just bigger. With an intern coming to see what farming in Alaska is about, I’ll step back from Cripple Creek Organics for a couple of weeks. I’m hoping to make some major progress before the end of August. Another (smaller!) commission has been added to the schedule for Anchorage’s Clare House Women’s Shelter, and that deadline falls even sooner than the UAF Murie building.
Visitors from California are here soaking up the sun and lavishing affection on the dogs. Best comment so far: “everything in your house seems so organized and purposeful!” Should have seen it a week ago. . . we fooled them!