Today’s Quote a note and a short video.

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.”
– Iris Murdoch
About Iris Murdoch
Iris Murdoch, the acclaimed Anglo-Irish author who won a Booker Prize for her novel The Sea, The Sea, about jealousy, love, and loss, was equal parts novelist and philosopher. She was born in 1919 in Dublin. She taught moral philosophy at Oxford for 15 years and wrote the influential book The Sovereignty of Good. Her fiction often used Gothic elements to tell stories with a philosophical theme. She died of Alzheimer’s in 1999. Her life was the subject of the movie Iris, starring Judi Dench.

I took a friend who has had a bit of cabin fever for a short walk this week. We danced to the music made by the rain! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcpjnRy7avI Now I want rain drums in my backyard! ! In this short 1 minute and 50 second video you will see my friend Laura. A year and a half ago Laura suffered two brain aneurysms and a stroke , she has had to teach herself to do pretty much everything over again. From walking to talking to dressing herself and feeding herself.She is nit able to drive or go to work yet however she is painting. Laura likes to send paintings to people who donate $100 to her go fund me campaign.http://www.gofundme.com/saboya

Smoking Crow & Today’s Quote

There was a time in my life that I was a smoker. I am not sure why I started as I knew it wasn’t cool. I am glad I quit.Smoking Crow,acrylic 12 x 12 x .8 $50
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Today’s Quote
“It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.”
– Isaac Asimov
About Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov, the American author known as one of the top writers of science fiction’s golden age, penned nearly 500 fiction and nonfiction books, including the Foundation trilogy and I, Robot. Born on January 2, 1920 in Russia, he moved to the US with his parents at age three. As a teen, he would read pulp magazines in his parents’ candy store and became inspired to write his own stories. His fiction frames interesting ideas in a bare-bones narrative. He died on April 6, 1992.

Today’s Quote

I work hard to embrace my mistakes and failures and turn them in to something positive.

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“The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.”
– William Connor Magee
About William Connor Magee
British prelate William Connor Magee was known as the Militant Bishop for his forceful speaking style, though he always worked for peace. He was born in 1821 in Ireland. Extremely bright, he enrolled in Trinity College at age 13. Ordained to a curacy at St. Thomas’s, Dublin, his fame as a speaker took him all the way to the powerful Archbishop of York. He spoke several times in the House of Lords, arguing against the dissolution of the Irish Church and against national temperance laws. He died on May 5, 1891.

Today’s Quote and a short note

Today’s Quote and a short note

As I was cleaning up  the kitchen tonight I was  thinking about childhood memories, depression and wondering what a typical person  thinks about when they  remember  their  childhood?

 A memory came to mind, I was in 5th  grade excited that the campfire  girls meeting was going to be at my house. My mom  loved to bake and I was excited to see what type of  after school  snack she had dreamed up. On arriving home I found my mom , sitting in the corner  covered in  blood, crying,  wrists slit and  blood on the  walls as if she was painting with her own  blood. She had  smeared her blood all over the  living room wall. I  had my little sisters  and the campfire girls  go outside and  play while I cleaned the walls and sent for help. I had to have my  mom  admitted into  Puget  Sound Mental hospital and my great Grandmother  Mable  came to stay with us for a few weeks.

So many things I have  kept to myself over the years and  little  by little I  share  the things that have  molded me into the  person I am today.

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“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”– Marie Curie

About Marie Curie

Marie Curie, the pioneering Polish-born French chemist, was the first person to win Nobel Prizes in two different fields. She was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. No Polish school would admit a woman, so she worked as a governess, sending her sister through medical school in France. Her sister, in turn, sent her to the Sorbonne, where she met her husband, Pierre Curie. Together they studied radiology, discovering two new chemical elements and inventing the term “radioactivity.” She died on July 4, 1934.

 

 

Skipping through leaves

Thanks to Ellen Kwor for having me create a  one of a kind piece if wall art  for her living room. Skipping through  leaves,  is approximately  31 inches by  31  inches made from  scrap metal, each leaf was  hand  plasma cut and  hand bent. Skipping in leaves  (4) close up of leaves so you can  see the bends. skipping in leaves (4)

Three Little Birds

As part of my workshop clean up project I have been working on  using up some of the art supplies that have  been  sitting around the  shop for awhile.  these  little  birds are  made from  shovels, horseshoes , disc brakes and a few other  odds and  ends. september 019From left to  right, Fern, Eve, & Dixie  added  Frens hair after the photo was taken. 

 

First kiss

Well it is August  6th and I am still working on finishing touches! I am  getting so  close to  being done.I  am pretty  happy with how he is coming alone so I  had to give Idaho his first kiss!

163In case you  missed the  back story on Idaho: He is the 2nd  wire bird I have  made. The first one I  donated to an  art auction  to  benefit our  local art gallery.  I  started with a  roll of  recycled wire that I bought from a friend’s dad for $20.00 summer and heron 011I might  just have enough to  make one more bird!

 

Happy Independence Day!

I was invited to a  couple  BBQ’s but I  really  just wanted to work on  getting Idaho  finished so that I can deliver him  to his new owners later this month!  The  wire I am using is recycled and is covered in soot (  which  for  some strange  reason is not showing up in this photo. I have spent countless hours cleaning the wire before I  weld it to the frame. This is not a lot of fun! wire1a This is how I am  cleaning the wire.  Tomorrow I am going to try  soaking some in vinegar to  see if that helps. I  used to use vinegar to  clean my  pennies when I was a kid so I  figure it is worth a try..   wire1bAll this time in the shop would not be possible as if it were not for my  good friend Brad Isley. He has volunteered to be my assistant / babysitter( as I not  allowed to  weld on weekends without having someone on site). I  guess catching myself  on fire  last year  upset a few more people than  just me. ;-)  So, thank you  Brad for  spending time in the shop with me , thank you  for  for helping cut wire and  for taking the photos.

Here is todays updated progress photo of Idaho. .

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