I have been working hard on finishing up some carved panels for a client in Anchorage. Four are completed; I had to start over on the last one in order to get it right. When the time permits I like to give people a selection to choose from. In this case I expect three of the five to be taken with the leftovers heading to my shows this summer. Commissioned work always makes me a little nervous. An exhibit gives you the freedom to say “this is the best I’ve got right now – take it or leave it” but commissions always come with a bit more inherent pressure. On the other hand, a commission indicates a level of confidence that you can deliver.
I also started my spring greenhouse job yesterday. It is always a surprise this time of year to be at work and be HOT – yesterday the whole crew was down to their tank tops by the end of the shift. It is nice to come home smelling like dirt. Definitely a sign that spring is on the way. Here’s a photo from last season dated May 15 – a mere two months away!
The late snow here bought us a few more good weeks of spring skiing. I have decided to make a run at the very intimidating (to me, anyway) 50 kilometer Sonot Kkaazoot race on the 26th. I’ve done a training class for this race three times now but this is the first year I feel like I have a chance at surviving. We’ll see soon if this is a delusion or not!