After the easy weather in December, we seem to be paying the bill in January. It’s been well below zero since the month started, and if the forecast is to be believed things won’t moderate for at least another week. You know it’s been cold when you’re excited to see -25. I have a houseful of lazy dogs who want nothing to do with outside unless it involves me putting on a stupid amount of clothing to go skijoring. Some huskies.
Condensation on the camera lens at -40 makes an interesting effect . .
Last weekend was the Alaska State Council on the Arts conference in Anchorage. It was a very busy couple of days and well worth the time. One interesting thing about working in Alaska is that due to the distances between places you can “work with” people for years without ever meeting them in person, and it was nice to put some faces to those names. I’m not one to expect great revelations from conferences – if I come away with a few useful ideas I’m satisfied – and I certainly got what I wanted out of this one. (It was also nice to miss a couple of -40 days!)
This piece by Norm Campbell from Sitka was on display in the main ballroom of the conference center. He worked on it for ten months, filling an entire roll of watercolor paper with his beautiful pen and ink drawings. You can see the timeline on the bottom of the piece, and here’s a shot of the entire thing rolled out:
I was the lucky winner of a beautiful (smaller!) drawing by Norm as a door prize at the conference.
Josh Ritter happened to be giving a concert on Saturday night. . . . fantastic performance. It was the farthest thing from some of the worn-out end of the tour efforts we get up here from time to time, and it was so fun to see someone play who is clearly just delighted to be doing what he’s doing.
Back at home, I’m getting ready to start another artist in the schools project at Nordale Elementary here in Fairbanks. After my two out of town projects earlier this winter this one seems very simple. Although I really enjoy traveling with the program it is so much less complicated when you don’t have to pack everything along at the outset! I’ll be doing two weeks with half of the school in January/early February and then two weeks with the other half of the school in April.
I’ve got a number of new panels awaiting paint in the studio. I needed a deadline and made a photo shoot appointment for the end of the month, so I’m trying to get as much stuff done as possible.
So, that’s the report from the freezer. More kid art soon!