My blog, oh, my dear blog:
My blog, oh, my dear blog:
I posted a preview of Elise's "Felix Necklace" on the Pink Crow facebook page, but I've been holding off on posting more info and pics of this piece to my blog because I wanted Elise to have it in her hands (and around her neck) before I spilled about it in such a public arena. I got a message from her this morning...she got it, so here we go:
Last week my 12 year old niece was on Spring Break, so she and my sister Nicki decided to take a trip up to Chicago for a visit and a vacation. I love it when people come to visit because it gives me a chance to be a tourist in my own city.
It was completed in 1897 and functioned as the Chicago Public Library for many years. It is an amazing example of the importance that this young city put on its municipal buildings and also on encouraging and educated public. The north side of the building is ornamented in a simpler fashion. The materials are common, things like wood, brass and stone, and yet the details and craftsmanship are still top-notch. There is much to be inspired by here.
Late last week a winter storm that came through and on Saturday Martin and I drove south of the city and saw things this Florida girl has never seen before. It was a pretty devastating storm for many people...long-lasting power outages, and lots of damage, but the one thing I can say about an ice storm is that unlike a tornado or hurricane, what is left in its wake can be gorgeously breathtaking. It was a real-life winter wonderland, and it was spectacular! I won't go on and on...these images speak for themselves:
I started this blog to give you somewhat of a peek into the goings on in my studio and I'm afraid I've been a bit negligent in that area. Thing is, being a very visual person I'm always more attracted to blogs with good photos, and although in my life at large I try to pull the camera out whenever the spirit moves me, in my studio when I'm up to my elbows in metal shavings and resin the thought of pulling out the camera is not always such an intuitive thing.
I spent the evening watching the election numbers come in while making and receiving phone calls, and once all of the calls were over, and my mind had a chance to absorb the incredible news I realized that despite it being past my bedtime I couldn't stay home.
Well, we're back in Chicago for a few days. I've got some work to do in the studio and a few loads of travel clothes to get done before we're off again for the second leg of our trip. After all of the hiking, sightseeing, and climbing we are really glad we've booked a trip to relax on the beaches of Mexico before retuning to our "real" lives...although it has been very tempting not to return at all...
OK, it's not often that I'm up at 4 AM working in the studio...but I have much to do and our trip is right around the corner. So, this morning shortly before 4 I found myself awake in bed making a mental list of what has to be done...and somehow those mental lists have their way of keeping me awake. I decided rather than wrestling with the more often than not unsuccessful attempt to FORCE myself back to sleep, I should just get up and be productive. I figure if I crash this afternoon I can take a little nap.
Back in February Martin and I took a trip to Florida to see my family, and also to thaw out a bit. While we were there we visited one of our favorite spots, Sunken Gardens, where I spied this crazy little bud and had to capture it:
This plant had these crazy bubble-gum pink buds all over it, and it just looked like a snack or a party favor or something. After studying the buds for a while I noticed a blossom hidden up high and thought to myself that I would love to see this thing bloom in time lapse! It would probably look something like my hair does as it goes from being "just washed" to "just puff".
Oh, and a special thanks to Chelsea for being my TypePad help desk. She's clued me in on how to get my images all nice and centered. Thanks Chels...have fun in San Diego!