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The snow shown in my last post (February 7th)? That’s long gone! So many un-wonderful things have happened since that peaceful snowy day that I haven’t had the heart to post anything.

Where should I start? Oh, right. Let’s start with the money. My studio roof is leaking. Actually it is pouring, flowing, dumping and flooding. I have five buckets set up inside but the water is sloshing around on the floor, free-flowing and unrestrained. I had a scary moment when I realized that rain was actually coming in THROUGH the light fixtures. How did I know? Because I had just turned the lights on. Believe me, I walked carefully back to the light switch and turned them off.

We got a bid for a new roof. As you can imagine, this is the part that really hurt: a new roof is going to cost two bills. Let’s all join hands for a moment of silence.

Here are some photos:

OMG. There's a quart of water in that globe.

OMG. There’s a quart of water in that globe.

 

Inside the studio. My wintering geraniums are in the back, getting lots of water.

Inside the studio. That’s my work table under the tarp. Wintering geraniums are in the back, getting lots of water.

Another work area with a water-catching device on top. My heat gun, torch and many jars of dry pigment are under there. Did you catch that? DRY pigment. Ugh.

Another work area with a water-catching device on top. My heat gun, torch and many jars of dry pigment are under there. Did you catch that? DRY pigment. Ugh.

For anyone who wants to get all sentimental, here’s a photo of my studio before the blue tarps descended from heaven to ruin my life:

BEFORE: Here's what it looks like under the blue tarps. Bet you see the problem: moss.

Bet you can see the problem: moss. I thought it was picturesque!

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The Hive has been abuzz with amps and volts for a few weeks now. I can still dim the lights when I have both irons, the palette and the heat gun going at the same time—hellfire! That’s how I know I’m still alive. Here are some photos of the panel, my working boxes and what the Hive looks like now that it has illumination of a reliable sort.

Electrical panel with reflection of light fixture. Note the important safety instructions.

Outlets. Left is good, right is a dangerous fire hazard, now disabled.

The Hive--aglow with light and vigor.

Judgment of Kassandra
This week and part of last week, I’ve been balancing my expenditures against the art

Piano I. Graphite and wax on prepared board. 10" x 10".

I’ve actually produced. This is not a happy accounting. The Theory loves to tell me I know nothing when it comes to judging my own work. But I can’t help it; sometimes I feel physically ill when I look at it.


Yesterday for instance, I sawed Piano II in half. I think The Theory was disappointed. It used to be 18″ x 8″ and now it is somewhat less. (Note: a fully encausticized piece of art went through the table saw like buttah. I wanted to keep on going.) The Theory said what he liked about Piano II was the odd rectangular size. But after staring at it for a week, what I didn’t like about it was the size. Guess what? I won.

Piano II. Wax, pigment and graphite on prepared board. Trimmed down to a svelte 8" x 10".

Uptick
This weekend, I played with embedded objects and came up with pieces that gave my brain a little electrical charge. When I looked at them later, I was intrigued enough to forget I created them. Maybe that’s what I’m aiming for—getting me out of my art. Here’s another piece I like, called Me and You.

Me and You. Detail. Encaustic on prepared board. 9" x 18". Pictured here is the 9" x 11" portion.

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