I’m still working on my Fall Stew composition. This week I made a lot of progress on the carrots and tomatoes. I’ve also created he wool bases for the peas and potatoes. I also stretched out my willow piece this week. I completed the base for the water, but now I need to add the surface of the water, the peninsula, and add the willow to the composition. It feels like I should be farther along, but I just haven’t had quite as much sit and wait time as I expected this week due to the hustle and bustle of preparations for winter festivities.
I had to do some simple, less creative tasks such as repairing Frosty’s costume ahead of the Winter Concert by Sounds of South. Frosty’s Velcro seal, which in Czech we’d call a dry zipper, was matted with the fuzzy fabric from his costume. Frosty definitely needed a little love to keep him from melting, so I replaced the Velcro with a substantial, big-toothed zipper. It’s fabulous having my own costume studio, packed with everything I need to fix things up as needed. Monday the 7th is the performance, so come by to see it if you’re in the area. I’ve heard the Hallelujah chorus in rehearsals and it’s amazing!
Speaking of Frosty and the holiday spirit, we’ve started to decorate our house. Tommie initiated the festivities by converting the dining room into a winter wonderland by cutting out snowflakes to hang from the ceiling. I gave him the usual praises because they were indeed far superior to the ones he did as a little kid. Now he’s reached the point where they are beautifully elaborate—
he says it’s like practical geometry to him (go school!). He’s even enticed me into participation. I love love love cutting shapes out of folded paper to enjoy my surprise at the transformation. This afternoon the Exacto knives come out for a little more detail, so let’s hope that a trip to the hospital isn’t in the offing.
Speaking of geometry, I’m pretty excited to visit an exhibit at the Peeler Art Gallery in DePauw tomorrow with my friend Dawn. It’s a fiber art exhibit that marries art and science. There are images of the three-dimensional sculptural work with images online if you’re interested. Having the freedom to take off on an adventure is one more reminder that I gave myself December off from doing art fairs. This is allowing me to regenerate and get re-motivated to connect with the art world and create something fresh for myself.
We got sugared up with some Sour Patch Kids candies and yelled for the Hoosiers. All season IU has had great offense, but last night they discovered the importance of defense. My fingers are crossed that they remember last night when they play Wisconsin in early January!
My deep dish pan was filled with a delightful raspberry pie, which I’m still enjoying for breakfast. Last for this week, Jacob began expressing his creativity in pancakes again this morning. We didn’t get a lot of pictures, but we did have some interesting creations to munch on for breakfast.
It’s a busy time of year!
Until next week,