Natural materials

I am using mineral oil to seal the wood. I’m also using a stain than can be light to dark gray. It is made by soaking steel wool in vinegar.  To attach the nuts hatches, I’m using dowels and glue. This glue is made by cooking milk powder with vinegar to get curds, these are drained, rinsed and combined with baking soda and some water to get the preferred thickness.
s. Glue

It is supposed to be waterproof. Wisconsin weather will test that claim.;

Earth Sculpture 2015

at workbench
at workbench

I am participating at the Earth Sculpture 2015 show at the Farley Center.  There are 13 installations at the show, which you can visit at any time.  The concept is to use resources from the land.  I chose to install two shallow relief carvings of cardinals.

Here is the Map

Here is the link to the Farley Center

Below are some pictures

Art Walk – May 4

I’ll be showing and selling wood carvings for the Marquette-Atwood neighborhood art walk on Mary 4.  It starts at 11 but I will not get going until noon.

see the Facebook page here

see map

 

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We’ve been on the Road

My wife and I spend most of the month of July on a road trip to see family by way of lots of the West.  We traveled west through Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Arizona to San Diego, CA.  We spent a week in Napa, California before returning by way of Sequoia and Grand Canyon National Parks as well as Santa Fe and Taos.  I have lots of pictures and notes to inspire some art work and journaling.  Here is a little sample.

Drawing from Creation – To Be Rescheduled

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The Bible begins with creation.  We are most familiar with the majestic narratives of Genesis 1 and 2.  Creation is presented in a variety of viewpoints within the Hebrew Scriptures. It is further developed in the New Testament through the teachings of Jesus and in the book of Revelation.

In this weekend retreat we will explore the Bible’s rich witness. We will begin with Genesis 1 and 2.  Then individuals will select from other passages such as: Psalm 8, Psalm 104, Job 28, Proverbs 8, Isaiah 40, Matthew 6 and Revelation 21 and 22.  Participants will learn a new way to study scripture and will draw insights to our place in the world.

One way to deepen our understanding of Creation is to make a journal recording our personal responses in art and writing to our study of the texts.  Nancy Macgregor, a Madison artist and instructor, will help each participant distil their thoughts and experiences into simple pictures and words.  This way all will have a continuing memory, visual and written, of what has been learned.  This is possible for all, artists and non-artists alike.

 

Week Four – Willy Street Bridge

We will be at the convergence of the Yahara River and Willy Street, where there are actually two bridges, the auto bridge and a rail road bridge converted to bike and pedestrian use.  We are close to Bethany Church, and there is a fun story there.  The train for years went by the church and over the RR bridges just as the pastor was finishing up the message each and every week.