Finally, it is cold in South Carolina. It has not been for long, and the length of the good weather at the end of last year was remarkable and unsettling. Now over, we have to face the normal chill for a little while.
Our big chill is all my fault, not Glenn’s. When living here alone, building this house, I chose not to include central heating. The system I could have bought, it was the monthly bills that scared me. And it is so moderate here, I wondered about getting by with a gas log in one of the two huge fireplaces we have. So that is what I did.
It really has not affected us much. There have been really only about four cold days where we did not care to go outside. But outside is where all the appealing stuff exists, including our art work. Creating my work is a pathway to feeling OK, and I need to do it. Running will do that too, but running is tough in the cold weather as well.
What work I have accomplished is changing. Getting simpler. Keep thinking about poetry and editing writing. An image should contain only what it needs. Nothing else.
This piece is called “Impulse”. It is pretty spare, but the relationships between the lines are interesting. I am using three legs in this series, lifting the window off the ground, and importing colors only through objects used.
Chair legs, spindles and a child’s wooden block are the only recognizable images in the piece. Other shapes are just odd pieces of wood we have around here. Yes, the piece leans in. It seems to move.
Other side. This window has been several colors in its life time, and that is where the patterning is coming from on the right and bottom of the window. It is so easy for me to reveal color; to apply it, the worst.
The piece above is entitled “Gravity 2.11.16” for the obvious reasons. It is woozy in its stanze as well. Space and time. Unpredictable? Maybe not, thanks to Einstein.
Not a very flattering angle, but this image shows the depth of the piece. You can see it is a visual cousin to “Impulse” as spindles and legs from the same chairs are used. Work tends to flow in this way. If work is truly expressive of a temperament at a given time, examples will have common denominators. Unless you are doing commission work.
Above is a detail from a current commission. Only thing in common with my work is the “waste” part.