I have been thinking about a carving that suggests Hope in Advent. I went through a lot of very complicated iterations until I hit on the idea of the Prophet as Seer, looking into the night sky to see a special star. The prophet will have a long lyrical beard, suggesting time.
Erin and I attended a journal making class in La Crosse on Saturday, October 18. This is designed to integreate art into science instruction. We made one journal out of a cereal box and practiced taking field notes in that one. We drew leaves we found outside and we drew a pigeon feather. Next we made a nicer quality journal with book board and fine paper. It was a great class and the overlap of drawing, and other forms of art, to seeing fit right in what we want to do.
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We went to State Street in Madison to visit the mobile Sketchbook Project Exhibit. This is a project that has people, artists and non artists alike make and submit sketchbooks. They take the books submitted each year on a road trip. One can check out a book and get a second random book to view . They are all filed with a searchable data base. It was quite fun. I had searched for quilts, so the attendant added to my selection a book made out of cloth. At the front of the book was this quote in Latin:
This phrase fits the idea of Two Books, that Nature has a kind of design. You can see that design as the result of natural selection, you can dispute if there is any design, or you can see that behind the design is an artist.
I’d like to explore sketchbook making and keeping as a future Two Book Retreats course. Stay Tuned.
I’ll be there with other people who work with, carve, cut, and know about wood. Wood is Good!
We observed that nature and humanity are very much in a partnership along the parkway. It is hard to say which predominates. If we quit mowing and trimming, Nature would predominate along the Yahara River parkway. Yet the very existence of a river instead of a wetland shows human engineering and care. The river as we see it between the lakes came about from dredging and a locks placed in 1905.
The scene I chose to paint illustrates this.