How quickly here we go from our record-breaking late spring ice and snow to record-breaking heat. I’ve taken to the closing up the house Midwestern style to keep it cool – there have been several near 90 degree days in a row – and we’re all wondering what this will mean. (Fire, for sure.) I would enjoy it a lot more if hot weather didn’t come with an apocalyptic undertone.
It does mean another thing – lots of green. Here’s the studio in summer clothes.
The dogs are all in suspended animation, trying to stay cool.
On the work front, Brandon and I spent a day last week laying out the pattern for the large UAF piece. The following weekend all the basswood came in and it is now adjusting to the new climate before it gets milled up and cut to shape. It’s a formidable pile. One of the nice things about living in an unfinished house is that it can become whatever you need it to be at the time – right now, wood storage and template barn. Doesn’t everyone have 450 board feet of basswood in their living room?
And speaking of wood. . . . seems a little strange at 90 degrees, but winter’s coming. Between basswood and yellow cedar, four cords of firewood, and a truckload of landscape chips due to arrive on Friday, wood seems to be the theme of the week.
As for art, I’m staying cool by continuing on with the sea ice series I started in May.
There will be new pieces at the Alaska House Gallery in Fairbanks on Saturday. I’m also trying to choose between a couple of pieces for my donation to Isle Royale National Park for last July’s residency. Then I’ll be on to some new black spruce/burn pieces (hopefully not inspired by current events!) for Imogen Gallery in Astoria. Those should arrive in Oregon in early July. Thanks to everyone for their interest and support.