Krampus

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I’ve become a little fascinated with Krampus.   Watch out for him, especially in the first two weeks of December.   He is roaming the streets looking for bad boys and girls.   Sometimes he just whips them, sometimes he steels them and drags them off to hell.img006

Some sources claim he whips just girls and young women, others say bad children.   I suspect he was used to scare children, but when folks started celebrating by dressing up as Krampus, then he start to prefer whipping young girls.

Where I stood…

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With pads taped to the bottom of my feet.   Even with the new shoes, my feet have been giving me big problems.   I can’t take my long walks anymore.   So off the see the podiatrist, who taped pads to the bottoms of my feet.

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Well, the pads helped a lot, so we moved on to bright blue inserts for my shoes.   So far it is going well, they are already feeling much better.

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If you’d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places you’ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and she’ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to “where I stood”, because right now I’m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.

A new shower for mom!

before

Here is Mark, checking out the shower.   For some reason mom is a little tired of the fake marble walls and the flowered wallpaper.   By any standards, this is not a lovely bathroom.

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First, get in the new plumbing.   Mom now has a mixer valve and a taller shower.

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Add greenboard, to which the new tub surround can stick.

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First panel of the surround is up, and Mark resorts to reading the instructions.

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I thought the wall looked pretty cool.   It had tile at some point, but that was pulled off before the fake marble was put on and all that remains is bizarre   glue patterns.

fifthMark is very proud of the second panel of the tub surround.   Beautiful isn’t it.

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Finished!!   All she needs is a new shower curtain and some paint!

Water

I did a couple of pieces for an upcoming show at the 212 Art Center in Saline.   The requirement was to use a picture from the book “Earth, A New Perspective” by Nicholas Cheetham for inspiration.   This is the picture I chose, I liked the straight grid lines imposed on the natural landscape, and I thought for once I’d do something pretty.

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Well, I read about the picture in the book, then Sixty Minutes did a story on this.   The lovely straight lines are the canals Saddam Hussein had dug to turn the wetlands of the Tigris and the Euphrates into desert, causing death and ecological destruction.   My lovely picture is of a murderous deed.

So I did a little rethinking.   I made a block print inspired by the lines of the image and printed it on black satin.   I then mounted it to a board painted then stamped with the work “water” over and over.

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This is the first piece, “Water One”   I added beads and waxed linen.

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This is a detail of the print part of the piece.

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This is “Water Two”.   I took two prints of the same block, one done in a greenish gold and one in a greyish silver, and wove them, much like the way the natives of the wetland wove reeds to make their houses.

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This is a third piece, a small 5×7 made from the scraps, for the gallery to sell for charity.

The show will be in January at the Two Twelve Art Center in Saline.   It will be a great show, some amazing artists have been working hard on it.

First snow

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I know, it isn’t much.   That is making me happy this morning.   Much of the country has been blanketed in snow, and we are due to get some tonight, along with lots of wind, but every day that I wake up and I don’t have to shovel yet is a good day.

ice melt

We’ve got the containers of ice melt at all the tenant doorways, we’ve got snow shovels at all the properties, I think we’re as ready as we can get.   It is already the ninth of December and I haven’t had to deal with the white crud yet, I’m delighted.   Here’s hoping for an easy winter.

Where I stood…

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In Little Monsters, where my friend Sidney was having an art show.

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Lynn was kind enough to invite me along for the ride.   I had a great time.

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This is the artist of the day, Sidney.

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We got to meet the store cat.

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We looked at Sid’s work, one of the most talented people I know, and now a great art fair organizer.

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Then we went to Northville to check out the windows.   Our art group was allowed to hang our stuff in a vacant storefront for the season.

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It’s a lovely display.

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This is Cynthia’s joyful Day of the Dead piece, celebrating life.

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This is Deb’s piece.   I absolutely love this piece!   Deb made a wonderful post while she struggled with this piece, and I’m so glad she kept going.   It is truly perfect!

The temporariness of art

All things man made eventually fall apart.   Much of it needs to be saved as long as possible, and fortunately there are people whose full time jobs are to keep the likes of say, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, or Stonehenge, or Mona Lisa in as good repair as possible.

I’m fascinated with those artists who not only know art is temporary, but plan for it.   I am astounded at the work someone like Andy Goldsworthy will put in a piece that will slowly and eventually return to nature.   Time is an integral element in those pieces.

Possibly the greatest collaboration in modern art ended on November 18th.   The amazing work of Christo and Jeanne Claude was temporary, but everyone who experienced it was changed.   To see the films about their projects is a wonderful way to understand their work and the incredible drive it took to get these pieces done. There are those so opposed to changing the landscape for a few weeks, then you watch some of them become completely won over when seeing the changes, to totally appreciate the the curtains, the wrapping, the movement of the fabric.     Once the fabric is removed, you understand that the return of the previous landscape is part of the art, a gift that makes you appreciate what you have.   Though Christo’s name is the one that is known, Jeanne Claude was truly a partner and collaborator.   It is the end of a very important and wonderful union.