Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cob Workshop continued

Lost internet access so am posting these now from the remainder of the workshop. We moved to another structure on the 3rd day to learn to work wet cob into dry cob - adding on to walls that had been worked on previously and adding/changing windowsills and other features. We also installed door frames and windows on the bath house. Here you see me attaching a dead man anchor to anchor the roof into the cob.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In town at the Berea coffee shop to post today's events from the workshop. An eventful day with downpours this morning (we are all camping and were reinforcing our tents and my daughter bouncing off the trampoline and hurting her head. We learned about siting your structure and laying out design based on usage needs Then the tractor came and mixed up a bunch of cob for us!! Yay! As fun as it was to mix by hand and foot it sure didspeed things up when thetractor came! We then built level and upright walls on the fndtn up to the height of the built in seating and called it a day. Here we are building the walls of cob up. The other picture is an interior of another cob structure on the property.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

1st day of cob building

We are at the Disputanta Cob cob building workshop in Kentucky. Today we built the stone foundation for a cob gazebo by the guest house. We mixed mortar to fill in the seams and we did our first cob mixing and laid the first layer of cob over the foundation.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sleep #1

Now that classes are completed (at least through the summer) for grad school I have actually been able to get some traction on finishing this painting! A second one from this photo shoot is started and I am also excited about the images from the next photo shoot I am working from! They are sublime! Also we are back up and shooting new sleep photos so if you know anyone who wants to participate please send them my way!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blocking in some shapes with dark - using a lush deep plum mixed with burnt umber in a lot of the dark areas - very rich.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Color Infusion

Ahh, it is so great to pull color and paint back into the mix after years of primarily black and white work! The flow of paint on the brush, the bright bursts of various hues. It is so exciting! Would I be so excited had I not stepped away from color for a few years? Perhaps, perhaps not. Without darkness there is no light. Yin and yang, etc. As I have not painted in quite a bit of time I am playing with some new techniques. This one I took an image from the Sleep Project and stylized it in photoshop and am working from that image. This is why it looks sort of paint by number. Just about all of the mixing is done on the palette and little to none on the paper. At this point more excited by the color than the style of painting but it has been a great way to jump back into the paint!

Composite Drawing

Sleep Composite This is a work in progress derived from the Sleep Project images I have shot. Took a really rough xerox copy of a photo and cut it into tiny squares and put them in a bag. I pick out a square and interpret it onto a 5" x 5" paper. The process is inspired by one of my favorites - Chuck Close - though of course I am nowhere near as meticulous as this master. The goals are perhaps different as well. This one is really about the sense of breaking something down into components and piecing it back together. I utilize different mediums, papers or fabrics, and styles of drawing/painting/printing/sewing to achieve and reinterpret. I try not to identify what the square is until it is time to put it into the larger composite image. How differently we see things when we already think we know what it is. If we can drop the labels, the naming, and bring fresh eyes to an experience it is so much different, more creative and open.