“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
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
“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.
I work hard to embrace my mistakes and failures and turn them in to something positive.
“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.
I am doing a happy dance as I just SOLD this piece to a private collector in Federal Way Washington!
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. close up of leaves so you can see the bends.
You are invited to a fun event at Columbia Winery on January 9th, 2014 from 4-7 PM.
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. From left to right, Fern, Eve, & Dixie added Frens hair after the photo was taken.
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!
In 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 I 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! 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.. All 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. .