24 November, 2008 at 10:45 pm (art, work) (, , , , )



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endive and pear salad

20 November, 2008 at 11:57 pm (art, life, work) (, , , , )


What a perfect day – metal work for the assemblage in the morning, gardening in the afternoon, and French food with good company (and great conversation) in the evening.

I’m not liking my leg building options for the beetle I’m building today, it’s big and I need to figure out a new type of joint.

*I did not kill the little guy in the picture, I found him dead on my workspace one morning.  His antennae are adorable.


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coleopteric gifts

15 November, 2008 at 8:05 pm (life, work) (, , , , , , , , )


I am surrounded by generous friends.  An example of this is in the little bottle to the left in this photo, the latest carcass Maltagirl brought me.  This summer she went to great lengths to put aside several of these lovelies for me, saving them in a jar in her kitchen even though it turned out on occasion that one or more of the critters was not as dead as it had originally seemed and was later found hiking across the tiles making for the back door (*all revived fig beetles were released into the wild to die another day).  She sacrificed upper shelf space in that unlikely room because her adorable youngest calls these beetles his ‘family’ and insists that any live one be captured to cuddle up and watch movies with him – seeing bodies in a jar might have proved traumatic.

Another example above to the right, also green and beetle shaped, is one of many gifts from Ms Creativity herself, who has been generous not only with these and other small bodies, but is raising my apprentice with lovely manners and great cooking skills.  She is also 100% responsible for me starting this blog and several other rewarding pursuits.

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14 November, 2008 at 11:27 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , )


Happy chaos.  A wider view of my workspace would show more of the same.  Only pieces that are in the first stages of creation are ever visible since after that first bit the construction goes faster and faster until they are finished, then they leave immediately before I can reconsider.  There are usually many bits laying around that are 1 – 5% finished, as their numbers increase they get combined.  Not methodical work, but fun.

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10 November, 2008 at 2:33 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , )


These were some of the things sitting on my worktable tonight while the power was out and neighbours were visiting.


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3 November, 2008 at 6:55 pm (blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , )

Some of these are for an assemblage I am working on.  A steampunk beetle will join them, so today I am experimenting with various wing types – linen over wood, parchment over rebar wire (thank you, Mr. Lo Bue!), gauze with bamboo splinters.  Connections are tricky, and prone to being unwieldy.

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22 October, 2008 at 11:15 pm (work) (, , , , )

One problem with not having a regular job is that people tend to forget I am working because when they come by and knock on the door I’m at home.  Especially if my current projects are frustrating it is easy to put water on for tea and bring out the desserts, letting things go until the next day.  I hate deadlines, but the occasional one helps the procrastination not get out of hand.

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21 October, 2008 at 7:19 am (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , )

This is nearby as I am sanding and waxing some old, very dusty wood.  I have not decided how elaborate to get with this one, but I have plenty of time to consider my options because there are approximately 100,000 other projects ahead of it on my list.

postscript:  Now I cannot lift my arm because my shoulder objected to all the sanding and waxing.  I think it prefers making smaller pieces of art.

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20 October, 2008 at 3:24 pm (art, blue-eyed crow, work) (, , , , , , , )

These pieces have such a great rich colour.  They fit together, hiding a secret compartment.

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a richness

18 October, 2008 at 7:20 pm (art, work) (, , , )

Frustration!  I haven’t really been productive since moving into my new workspace.  A lot has been going on outside work, and I got another mass of totally different material to create with, and somehow the wealth of everything has paralysed the tinkering.

Hmm, re-reading this, I’m even less articulate than I usually am (hard to imagine that would be possible).  I think I should take a day away to do something completely different (no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!), and resume Monday morning.

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