Friday, April 24, 2020

It Had to Change

This work I've done during the Coronavirus home-stay has really challenged me. All those figures holding disks with animal heads. What was that about? And that dog or some kind of animal? Finally, they all came together as a single piece, marching along together. I have no clue what this is about, but I am glad to put it aside for awhile...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Everything So Far

So the animal wasn't actually finished yet. It needed more definition, and I carved a new left eye for it. Here's where it wound up. All these photos are taken in the room where I have my temporary studio and where I have a couch and a cot for my two grandchildren, who spend every Friday night here now.

There are seven figures in the Catching It series at the moment, and I think that's enough for now. It's time to turn to something new. I have a group of wonderful bird cages given to me by Ruth Hamilton, and I need to figure out what goes in them...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Animal Finished

I played around with the idea of having a variety of other creatures riding on this guy's back, but I think the bird is enough.

Here's one of the creatures (a turtle?) that didn't make it onto the back..

I took these photos this morning out on the front steps, with a sheet as a backdrop. Primitive times.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

An Animal

I carved this piece of firewood (somehow it just looked like an animal...) to create a head and body, and then added pieces of wood I've collected while jogging during this time of sequestration. It proves my personal philosophy
There's nothing that can't be improved by the addition of polka dots!
I find this little creature very comforting. It needs a tail, and I think there might be something riding it -- maybe a bird... More later.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Catching It

I realize these guys are catchers. We're all worried about catching it, the plague, the virus. I think there will be more in this series...

Saturday, March 28, 2020


I needed materials, so I went for a jog this morning and collected wood on the way to bring back to the "studio". I already had found two fabulous pieces of pierced metal on the road last week, and they were just waiting for their other parts.

I added heads first, then one got what seemed like wings. Then I wanted to have them holding round things. At first I thought it was a tray, and they were some kind of servers, but then I realized they were shields. Maybe we are all trying to ward off the awfulness that seems to be assaulting us and the world -- environmental depredation, a narcissist for a president, and now a pandemic. Three strikes. Maybe they're catchers... Catchers in the Sty.

The wood still needs to be treated somehow (I don't have my wax with me at home), and I'm not sure if they will have legs and, if so, what kind. Also are they on a stand or on the wall. Time will tell.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Art in the Time of COVID-19

Adjustments are being made by all of us during this time. My Art Group has been doing a round-robin email thread where people can tell what they're working on -- or thinking about.

I isolated at home for two weeks after my husband had back surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, then had to go out to a doctor's appointment two days ago and one for him to have his stitches taken out yesterday, and I took the opportunity to go by my studio and pick up some tools so I can do a little bit of work at home. I know I could be working on watercolors or drawing, but I was craving to work with wood and objects.

So, I rearranged my home office and brought in a nasty old piece of plywood from the barn to create a surface over file cabinets and voila! Home studio! I'll have to go outside to do big sawing and carving (thanks to Ann Young for the loan of chisels!), but tomorrow I'll dig in.

One side of the room and

the other side.