Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted, so I must take a few minutes to type and update my blog on my time of rest and reflection. The ukulele gig bags went to NAMM last week and I will begin a new one when delivered – probably this weekend sometime. The 3 completed for the show seemed to be well received and hopefully will prove marketability. I will post pictures of the show when they arrive.
My architectural abstract piece is still in the works, awaiting the architectural components to be incorporated within the next week or so. I have found a reference to use that will bring the composition to the desired emotive completion, as I chose to do this project upon moving back to where I grew up. Unsure of whether my heart was here when moving, the landmarks here caused a wave of nostalgia and memories, peaceful and traumatic. The energy is still here of my childhood and can not be ignored as long as I am here. The work has slowed a bit, though, as my studio fan self-destructed last week, causing drying time in the immense Florida humidity to go very ssssllllllowly.
I have the perfect reference in hand for the next portrait piece, so brush will be put to canvas this next week for that project. It took some searching to locate the photo, as it was shot a few years back. I have wanted to utilize it further for some time, this being the opportunity I was waiting for.
I have composed during the week my next few projects. My encaustic piece will resume as soon as the larger studio area is set up with the proper ventilation. I am eager to arrange a more productive space for working several projects simultaneously without tripping over easel legs or puppy dog tails. My little princess likes her mommy-and-me time, but needs a pillow to perch upon that is not underfoot.
My sunflowers are beginning to bud and grow substantial stalks to support their blooms. I am hoping to see their golden faces within the next week, welcoming me home and into their garden space. The mockingbirds will most certainly desecrate them immediately after opening, so I will watch diligently for the arrival of their blooms. These birds have feasted on our tomatoes and are moving toward the blackberries, even under the watch of my rubber coral snakes. They are not afraid of them – or me. I do believe I narrowly escaped an attack while repositioning Jake the Snake today. I will not turn my back on them again, as I have seen what they’ve done the the squirrels in the area. Jake must have a mate, I have decided – but later, when the birds are resting and do not see us coming.