Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Prodigal Son Makes an Offering

It has been a while since I have been here, but I have been preparing for a solo show since December that had about 35 paintings, 30 digital photos and a large stone installation. These things take some time and energy and something had to give, so among the things I gave up were eating and blogging. Now the show is up and running so I make an offering. Below is a frontal view of the current "Beachwork" along with a side view. It is about 14 feet high and runs up the bluff about 45 feet. Work has come to a temporary halt as resources are currently unavailable. But this is the state of things as we move into Fall.

On a perfect October weekend I went down to the lake to do some tinkering and beachcombing. The result were these two pieces with white stone, milkweed leaves and sticks.

This is just a strange message sent by the lake. I am unable to translate it, but it looks interesting.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Stone Migration

A new iteration of the wall has begun. The lots on which the old wall sat were bought and so once again the herd of stone migrates eastward and takes shape in a new spot. This time instead of paralleling the surf line the wall will climb the bluff along the track of an old staircase on the public access.

The photo above is all that is left of the old Stonewave and that stack will be gone before long.
All the stone that was moved in the Fall and Winter ended up in the stacks on the left of this photo
  and in the platform and from there I began the process of organizing it into a wall.
 The wall runs up the bluff right now about forty feet and at its tallest it is about four feet. I don't yet know where the stone is going to go from there. At this point it is just a footprint or a foundation. Once I get that built then the fun begins.
 The tree will definitely have something to say about how this will ultimately turn out. I just have to watch and listen a bit.
Until then the herd just mills about.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Making Pieces of Memories

The lake has opened up. The ice dunes are finally gone from the beach. On the horizon you can see some remnants floating eastward...late April. I have been putting together the MU show for September and these are a few of the fragments. The first image is a photograph taken of a cave in Belize and that is followed by a painting playing with the memory of the cave.   
 This is another memory that came from a recent trip to the Grand Canyon and a little slot canyon there. It grew into the larger piece that is depicted in the previous blog entry. I'm liking this little piece more and more of late.
 Closer to home out in Walnut Creek somewhere I came across a deceased crawdad and thought he needed to be remembered as well.
 This little fragment I've done a number of versions of. The studio was too cold one evening so I cranked out the memory of a memory while watching Game of Thrones.
 Out on Presque Isle I found a knot that I thought was pretty thought provoking, so I reinvented it. But now that I think of it, it may not have been Presque Isle after all. That's the problem with memories.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Winter's back is finally broken. After weeks of single digit weather and months of
 below freezing temperatures we have finally seen the freezing point breached. For those who have survived, it is time to move on. I went down to the beach for only the third time in 2015 and this is what it looked like...
                          Ice dunes line the shore, not as high as some years but very deep...
           Out on the lake a little plate tectonic action has heaved up a ridge of ice plates...

 I made an addition to my stone stacks,I filled in the gap with snow just to see what would happen.
                                                                 Kind of interesting...
My first big piece of 2015. 6' x 4.5' a reinterpretation of a slot canyon in the canyon.

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Deconstruction Continues

The Stonewave continues to diminish. Each weekend I get several hours of subtraction in and the results can be seen below. The main form is now only about 4 feet tall. The stone has to go somewhere. Currently it is in several six foot stacks down the beach a way. Storage facilities as it were. I am also putting some of the large stones in a stack on the end of the current structure for the time being. By the solstice I should be down to ground level at one end and as weather permits, I'll work my way across. The top picture is part of a recent painting that I just completed. I'll photograph the whole thing one of these days. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Stone Migratrion

So the Stonewave has begun its migration to the east. The last two weekends I spent a couple of hours herding stones to a new location. For the time being what I am doing is storing the stone in columns and stacking them by size in different piles. The piles will become pretty impressive I would imagine by the time things get cleared out. The plans for the next iteration are still fluid, but they are there. I don't have a timeline, but it is interesting to be involved in the deconstruction process. I would expect to have the top eight feet off by next week and that will take me down to the big stone. At that point the process may slow down as weather starts to come to the lakeshore. But I love the big stones. It will be good to work with them again.

 Here are the stacks after the second weekend. One is about 6 feet tall at this point. The larger stones I am placing on the east end of the Stonewave for the time being. When I have the groundplan for the new project in my head, I will start moving them to their new home. In the meantime I have an idea that I want to test out. I'm also working on a painting that I hope to have done by the end of the month. I have another solo show in the works, so it will be the first new piece for that show. Snow fell for the first time today...we have at least 3 inches since this morning.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

And Wall Comes Down...again.

I'm going to try this and see if it works at all. Pardon me if it doesn't but I wanted to see if video is worth playing with here. The bad news is that once again the Stonewave has to be moved. Somebody bought the property, so the work has to migrate again. I will post
some images of the dismantling process. Deconstruction can often be every bit as interesting as construction, and the Phoenix that arises keeps the process from being too depressing. So the next post will have some images of the final state of things before and then a record of the diminishing. Until then...