Nope, I didn’t sweep downstream in the high water on Eldorado Creek. There’s really no good reason to explain why I have completely neglected this blog lately. Maybe sometimes the doing of work doesn’t leave much energy for the talking about the doing of work.
I’ve certainly been busy. I jumped out of an idyllic month of bicycle riding back into what has been a non-stop churn of projects, applications, show preparation, farm work, my pursuit of athletic mediocrity, and summer chores. Summer always has a quality of panic here and this year it’s possibly magnified by the strangeness of the weather this summer. We set historical records for rain in June, second on record for July, and August (generally our rainy month) is keeping up with the first two. All the indicators – birds moving, leaves changing, a frost in July – point to a shorter than normal summer.
Despite the fact that the house has marinated in the odor of wet dog, all human and canine residents of the compound are doing fine. A bit crabby, but fine. Reading today about a Washington artist who lost everything – home, studio, pets – to a recent huge wildfire put my pissing and moaning about the rain into pretty sharp perspective. We too could easily be choking on smoke and running from flames.
There have been a few nice days here and there. I will also say that it is far easier to get ready for an August show when the weather is not always pulling on you to do something else.
Kodiak Beach Box II, carved and painted basswood, 14.5″x8″x7″
I’ve been working for a while to get ready for my show in Astoria. All the work arrived safely, and I’ll leave tomorrow for a long weekend between Portland and the opening at Imogen Gallery in Astoria on Saturday. The work in the show consists of prints, carved panels, and three of the boxes Brandon and I made over the winter. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity and am looking forward to finally seeing the place where my work has been shown for the past two years.
Tennessee Woods, carved and painted yellow cedar, 18″x7.75″
Tomorrow I intend to update my website in the newly added “available work” section with most of the pieces that will be shown in this exhibit. And, next week, I will surely have some stories from travel and news about other upcoming projects. Time to start keeping this up.