Trellises at night

The trellises are strung with rope lights, so night provides another way to experience them.  Since serendipity is a goal of this project (OK, I realize that you can’t plan for a serendipitous experience, but you can plan to embrace it when it comes.  Of course, it’s not serendipity if you don’t recognize and embrace it, right?  It’s just some random occurrence.  Does a serendipitous experience become some thing else if you are on the lookout for it?), the random siting this time around provided an interesting arrangement, particularly after dark (when I look at the pattern of the lights, I see the outline what might be a horse; albeit, a horse with a big nose.  Or perhaps a reindeer.  Rudolph?  Too early for Christmas, but maybe he’s out reconnoitering for Santa.  Now that I think about it, it sort of looks like the Road Runner’s nose.)  Well, certainly not anything I had in mind when I started this, but I’ll take it.

Illumination 2


A few more mushrooms

Day by day, the mushrooms change.  Some of the changes are subtle; some are dramatic.   The decaying process seems to affect some more than others.  Here are a few more photos I took yesterday.  By the end of the week, these will be gone (the guy who mows our yard is coming on Friday).

Deconstruction II

I spent part of Saturday cleaning the canvasses I have removed from the trellises.  As I mentioned before, the cool and wet weather caused heavy mildew to form on them.  I checked several websites to determine the best way to remove the mildew without damaging the art.  First, about a week ago, I sprayed the canvas with Lysol to kill the mildew or any mold spores present and let them dry thoroughly.  Next, I used a stiff brush to remove as much of the dried mildew as I could.  I did this outside (it was a beautiful almost-fall day), wearing a respirator mask to be sure that I did not inhale any of the dust.  The canvasses looked pretty good after that, but I decided to take an extra step that had gotten mixed reviews on the websites I looked at.  I used a very diluted mixture of non-chlorine bleach (probably 20-1 bleach and water) to wash the canvasses.  This was very effective in removing the rest of the mildew and cleaning the canvasses of the remaining dirt and dust that had accumulated in the weeks that they were outside.

There are four canvasses remaining on the three trellises.  Next Saturday is another move and I’ll remove three of the four canvasses then, and clean them.  One more move after that.


This summer’s weather has been perfect… for growing mushrooms in my yard.  They have surrounded and enhanced the uniqueness of the trellises.  Here are a few shots of what I discovered today.


I am into the first week of the third month of this project.  I intended from the beginning to remove the trellises at the end of September.  When I moved them last week-end, I began the deconstruction process, removing a canvas from each.  I removed another set of canvases today.  Here are photos of the trellises as they are constituted.

Trellis 1 deconstruction stage 1 Trellis 2 deconstruction stage 1 Trellis 3 deconstruction stage 1

After a short intermission…

It has been a bit since I posted anything.  That’s not to say that nothing has been happening with the trellises…  just that I haven’t taken the time to sit down and write.  No, I haven’t taken the time.  And, I’ll admit that I’ve gotten sidetracked with adding music to my iTunes library, watching the health care town hall meetings, reading (finished “Girl in Hyacinth Blue” by Susan Vreeland, a collection of short stories about a fictional Vermeer painting; and “Skeleton Man” by Tony Hillerman, one of his novels about Lt. Joe Leaphorn and Sgt. Jim Chee), and contributing to my Facebook page.

When I switched from a Dell to a MacBook Pro, much of the music I had on the Dell wouldn’t transfer (I’m not running Windows on my MacBook and I haven’t taken the time to find programs that would do the transfer easily).  Plus, the Dell was dying and getting it to boot up was always a gamble.  So, I’ve just been adding music as I’ve been doing other things.  For instance, this morning I’ve been working on getting some new photos ready to upload and I added several albums, mostly John Adams and Phillip Glass, and one Ravi Shankar.  A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that adding music from my old LPs was a snap on the Mac, using GarageBand and ITunes.  Well, not entirely a snap.  It took several attempts to work through the process, but so far I’ve been able to add some music that I can’t find on iTunes or Amazon, including a band called Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys from about 1968, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Libby Titus, and Marc Jordan.

Well, since my last post, I’ve moved the trellises twice.  It takes about an hour to unplug everything (two are lighted; I’m going to add lights to the third one this coming weekend when I make the third move), find the new coordinates, install the supports, clip the bindings, move the trellises, re-attach them to the supports and plug things back in.  Removing the sod beneath the trellises for the flowers/bushes that will go in takes another hour or so.  All in all, it’s not a bad Sunday morning exercise.

Here are photos of the locations that resulted from moves 2 and 3 and a couple of close-ups of individual canvases.


The other day, Suzanne and her mother and I spent the afternoon at the Nelson-Adkins Museum.  At one point, I was looking at the big Franz Kline the NA has in its new Bloch wing and my mother-in-law asked me what I saw in the painting.  Now, these days, mostly what I look at is technique.  How did the artist create the image?  How did she apply the paint?  What sort of brush-strokes did he use?  Did she change her mind about parts of the canvas?

I pointed out to my mother-in-law a couple of area of the Kline that looked like they had been painted over, white-over-black, and I showed her which brush stroked looked like they had been applied first and which one were done later.  I don’t know if Kline considered some of the over-painted areas as mistakes or simply a change in direction, but I know that occasionally, I make a mistake in my art.  For example, I made a big one right off the bat in siting my Trellises.

My plan for locating the three trellises was to use a grid of my front yard divided into 28 5′ x 5′ squares.  On paper, it looked correct, but when I developed the grid on the ground, I used 10′ x 10′ squares instead of 5′ x 5′ squares.  So, my first trellis was ten feet off.  I realized what I had done when I started to site the second trellis, but I made the decision to leave the first one in the wrong spot; after all, I am nothing if not flexible with this project and it will make the flower/bulb/shrub beds in that area a bit more serendipitous.