30.5.11

Grinding Away

My solid-cast salmon is still IN-PROGRESS... I set up my very highly technical and advanced grinding system, and did my best to polish and shape the glass, getting ready for the next step.

Here is the fish post-grinding, waiting for plaster and silica to arrive so that I can re-fire this piece, in hopes of 'healing' the cracks from the first firing. Whne all the material arrives, it will be at least a week in the kiln, so it's still a long ways to wait and many days of labour and effort before I even see whether anything even works out. Sort of exciting.
Don't ask me why this second image is so big. I don't know.

29.5.11

Colour!

I feel like I have been driving and driving a lot lately, away from home, and not really getting my thoughts together. The course am taking is great, but it takes up a lot more time and effort than I had anticipated, and getting home to stay and work and enjoy gets to be a rare opportunity. This morning, though, I made the effort to get up early, and enjoyed a morning coffee on the deck... and started to really notice all the colour and life in my garden... and almost ignored the tall grasses and ever-encroaching and crazy weeds...
Bird song, whales blowing, beautiful flowers, warm breezes... that's what mornings should be about!
Now off to pick up Nancy to go to Rocky Harbour to take down the LAWN exhibition.

27.5.11

Fish Heads and Graveyard

Driftwood shaped like a fish head... beautiful!

Depressions in the ground= old graves... some from the 1700's...

Tough to bury people on the rock...

Be careful where you step, there's always the chance of falling through...

... nice stone...

... there it is, the graveyard in all its glory...

... imported soil and bracketed in with a cement 'fence'. Life and death on the Rock!

26.5.11

Waiting for the Blue Puttees

Talk about posers...!

Here comes the Blue Puttees... all the way from the mainland...

...she doesn't seem to be slowing down much if at all...

...with a great big U-turn coming up, no hesitation with today's calm waters in the arrival to port...

... and there she is!

Lovey dovey.

25.5.11

Weekend at Hiin's

After class on Saturday, I left for Port-aux-Basques to visit me ol' buddy for the rest of the long weekend... what a time we had! We had great weather to hike up the trail to reach the top of the Table Mountains...

... Shep had fun finding great toys along the way...

... beautiful brooks...

... waterfalls...

...nice patches of snow to rub-slide in...

... top o' the bogs to ya'!

 Plans to hike 'down' to the creek next time to try our luck with some fly-fishing. Can't wait!

24.5.11

Squirrel Wars!

I had just risked life and limb the other day to climb up a metal ladder about 95 ft into the sky, in a narrow space that makes the ladder feel almost upright (and the laddeer-climber feel like she's falling backwards off the ladder), and managed to remove old shakes, insulate, tape, Tyvek, tape and then even cover the just-below-the-roof-line area with new siding.
That night (3am, actually) I was awakened to the sound of 5 hours of grinding and chewing on wood... Sawdust evidence on the stairs...

... the 5-hour-hole...

... the distance down...
Note the nice big fat electrical wires that service the house and studio well below me... on a rainy day... on a wet metal ladder... covering hole with chicken wire...
This went on for two days; the third day, I increased the folds of the chicken wire, and put a live trap on the roof... the trap went off, and slid down the roof, and I had visions of a squirrel tumbling down to the ground in this crazy trap... but of course the squirrel wasn't in the trap. All I have to do now is climb the roof and retrieve the trap. Maybe when it's a bit drier up there.

19.5.11

Sculpture with Mike F

I'm taking a sculpture course at Grenfell Campus during the intersession; learning how to work with clay... hopefully this will help me out when I make molds and shapes for galss sculptures. The class is being taught by Mike Flaherty, and it is really fun becuase several good friends are also in this class... so several times each week, we get together and chat for hours when otherwise we probably wouldn't see each other except in passing or email. Our second assignment deals with rolling out slabs and building things with them... we're supposed to pick an actual building on campus and try to recreate that in clay...
...some people are good at this...

... and meticulous...

... Although I had every intention of being exact...

... things changed along the way...

...it's not done yet, but it still doesn't really resemble the building I had in mind.

18.5.11

Sheep of Gros Morne

I started a series of four paintings this past winter, just to work out a few ideas... they turned into the Sheep of Gros Morne that I have seen on the trails of the Green Gardens hike in Gros Morne National Park. I love how they run along the rocky beaches amongst washed up lobster traps and driftwood, and gather in the tall grasses and the rivers of blue flags on the high plateaus with the ocean and sky as their backdrop.
 




They are now at Neddy's Harbour Inn, as part of the LAWN exhibit in celebration of the Trails Tales and Tunes event in Norris Point and Rocky Harbour. Check it out!

17.5.11

Get on the Wave Train!


Tiny hydrolic features in an outflow, only about 6" high... imagine the fun in a kayak if they were Hurve-sized!

16.5.11

Dampish Afternoon on the Waterfall Trail... Good for the Heart and Soul!

Ths falls are big right now, what with all the rain...

...Triina, being tough...

... Andi, Triina, and Toomas being somewhat tougher with the bare feet in the snowmelt and freezing codl waters...

...and for a bit of heart-attack fun...

...was surprising how quickly that young man could get out of the water!

New stairs built last year on a farther section of the trail...

... beach walk to end the afternoon... wise old mountains slowly losing their winter cover.

14.5.11

Just Pretending...

Although it's not sunny outside... in fact, there seems to be a bit of SNOW in the air today (yes, our winter arrived late, so what do I expect, really?!)... I am going to pretend it is sunny like it was a few days ago...
...When tiny bleeding hearts started to appear...

... fuhcsia primroses brightened up the day...

... the beginnings of the tall primroses were bobbing around...

... and my wind flowers were smiling to the world. Today I will pretend that this is what I see... why not?!

12.5.11

By a Thread

By a Thread, the pate de verre sockeye salmon created for the Art Gallery of Mississauaga's Salmon Run Project will be on display for the summer in Ontario. Photos courtesy of A. Taylor.