John McPhee Made Me Cry

and not in the way
that a movie about
a boy and his dog
who get lost in the forest
and then get separated
and the dog gets his leg
caught in a bear trap
and he has to chew it off
(his leg, not the trap)
but they are finally reunited
(like the way Barbra Streisand
and Robert Redford are
in “The Way We Were”)
and find their way
out of the forest
but the boy goes off to college
and forgets about the dog
who is last seen walking
into the forest once again
looking for his leg

Work in progress #2, part 1

Well, I changed my mind and decided to donate a painting to Corks and Canvas rather than the organic sculpture; I explain why in a later post.  Here’s a a photo of about an hour’s work laying in some colors and getting a feel of what may emerge for a piece to be entitled First light near Walnut Shade, Kansas.  This is the first painting I’ve started in about four months, and it feel good to get back to it.

Ladders

I began working on my new organic sculpture this week and plan to unveil it on July 4.  Our neighborhood is just a few blocks from the city park and we usually have hundreds of people parked on the streets here, so it’s a perfect venue for exhibiting my yard art.

The process this year started with the deconstruction of a couple of last year’s “Trellises.”  Here’s how one looked at the end of the season.

Here’s part of the deconstruction

and deconstruction of the canvasses that were part of the sculpture.

Since last year’s project started with the idea recycling of yard waste, I decided that this year’s piece should continue the recycling by using last year’s art in a new form.

After deconstruction, I started assembling the parts of the new project.

and purchased a new tool that really speeded up the construction process:  an air compressor and air gun.  It works like a charm and I’m thinking about other ways to use it.

Here are a couple of shots of the new components of the project…

And here are a couple of shots of the completed structure.

The next step is to reconstruct the canvasses and add them to the structure.  That is today’s task.  More later.

Be careful what you ask for…

When I titled this blog “Let the waters come…” I wasn’t requesting that that happen.  But over the last few days, I’ve discovered what that phrase can mean in the real world.  Since last Tuesday, I’ve had over 13 inches of rain at my house, a good portion of it in my basement.  I suppose it’s partially my fault for not taking care of the crack in the basement wall that I always suspected was there.  The rain, and resulting mess, kept me from getting started on my latest organic sculpture, which I am hoping will be ready for unveiling on the 4th of July.  Stay tuned and ask the rain gods to hold off a little bit while I get my piece completed and installed.