Thursday, February 26, 2015
That's me on Four Things Log in the left lower corner...this Log was out in the middle of Coop's Meadow (Meadow across from Chapel and over nearer Swinging Bridge), and on walkabouts there I would sit awhile and enjoy the view of the Four Things: Half Dome, Falls, Sentinel, and the Cathedrals...thought one time to make pen and ink sketch...after a control burn in the Meadow, the Log was gone, and I suspected the Park Service of being the culprits, removing it for reasons related to the Burn...but on looking at sketch today, I realized what made the Log disappear...it was Spring High Water...the flooding just lifted it and moved it, probably down the Merced Canyon...later, I saw this happen to many logs in Two Top Pine Meadow...I can date others' photos by what logs are about in the Meadows!...sunny few clouds cool...been wondering where Denny's Hawk has been, and sighted Hawk soaring over Town while I was in the parking lot thereabout...made another Garrison Table (22" high), one I can sit at in the Blue Chair...tomorrowmorrow, try to do a bookcase at the same scale...2x2 sticks would be too weak in the uprights for full size scale table...would need 2x4s, or larger, which is disappointing....have thought to make the 2x2 sticks the challenging limit for the projects...this to say, make everything out of them....can double 2x2s and make them into 2x4s, and where I'm using the 2x2s to make mortises and slots, I'll do that...Little Table's feet fell off when it rained....elmer's white glue isn't waterproof, I learn...but easy to glue them back on!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Class paddled over to the Schoolyard and set up by the Basket Ball Court...out in the Schoolyard is a terrific Black Oak set against Sentinel in the distance...added folk to the picnic bench beneath it...this is a 9x12 acrylic on board, as is the second one done in the second season class with the instructor who encouraged us to be 'bold with colors'...:)...sunny clear blue warm...did the laundry, and took along pencil and grid paper to sketch furniture ideas on...I've collected a lot of lore now on carpenter joinery!...but all the ideas kind of evaporate when I compare build prices with just going to Ikea and buying manufactured things...hmmmph...so, a compromise: down the road, I can make furniture, and for now, acquire some more plastic shelf racks like I have for furniture...already, I have the bunk mattress set on four of them, and they work fine...so I can make two more bunks for the back bedroom, and a daybed bunk for the living room...I can even make the table-by-the-sliding-door-window out of them...and stacked shelves in the corners thereabout...for the bookshelf, I can get three more of those black metal bookshelves that I have, and stack them on top, and that's enough for bookshelf...want to have room above them to hang pictures!...for that day bed, the twin mattress I can cover with a scotch guarded white canvas 8x10 cinched underneath with bungees...I do this now with a poly tarp on the bunk twin mattress--it stays clean, cheetos and spills easy to clean up...I don't bother with sheets or blankets anymore, having taken to my sleeping bag on cold nights, it's all I use now!...and the tarp and sleeping bag are a kinda hark back to camping out!...oh...the day bed will need big pillows for a back, and I've thought of using white canvas duffel/sea bags stuffed full of something--bean bag filler, foam squares...and too I'll need footstools, as shelves put the mattress up pretty high, and thought to use five gallon buckets with those attached bucket seat cushions...and I've eliminated the second sofa/day bed in the living room-not enough room...room is very awkward shape because of doorways, and walkway to get to bedrooms and bath...two lazy boys, set away from the wall for walkway, towards the room's middle, should work...the shelves are really handy things, and for about twenty bucks, one can get a 3'tall by 12"deep four shelf unit that can stack...using these, a platform for a twin mattress is like seventy dollars...I think I can get 6" thick twin mattresses for like one hundred dollars each, but need to see how they feel sitting on them for daybed...later, I can build from wood ends for the bunks, and daybeds, make them look like real beds, and sofa, and conceal the shelving supports...that was the breakthrough idea today...that I can set every thing on these plastic shelves, like cushions, mattresses, table tops, and then build with wood around them...I was having a hard time imagining how to connect bed steads, and bed rails, and sofa ends, but with this, 'wth, just set things on the shelving like you've already done once' idea, those connection problems are gone!...basically the idea is 'make a long box, and set two boxes at either end'...oh!!...three rows of six...eighteen five gallon buckets (12" diameter) for the daybed twin mattress platform...and that's the right height for a sofa, and to stretch long legs out on the five-gallon-bucket-with-cushion- seat footstools!...wth...use them for the bunks in the bedroom too...:)...have to weight them with sand...
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sapphire Lake Before Dawn...this oil, 11x14, I did on my own...this to say, not a class assignment at Palomar...and from photo taken on a looping backpack hike in the Sierra ('87?)...Lake is near Muir Pass...here's link to another backpacker's pics...scrolling about mid-way down, is Sapphire Lake from the same vantage point, but in the evening...the painting is so dark, that I dont think anyone visiting the Cabin even noticed it on the wall, 'cept one maintenance worker who liked it, and who I think was a fisherman...I wanted to get that before dawn feel...taking pic for the blog the lighting wasn't good, but gives another version to the painting...casting light on the paintings as I have done for the pics, I've taken note that one can 'photoshop' paintings with real light shining on them in different ways...sunny clear blue cool...go hiking, come back, make paintings, write poems, go hiking...rinse...
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sometimes, I'd take along my pen and ink and a small drawing notebook, the paper a kind of tan color, and do a sketch...I should do that all the time!...even when I did the Merced Lake sketch, I thought it doesn't 'read' very well, and now too, but if I put my nose up to it, look closely, it comes back, and it's Merced Lake!...I remember walking out to the Lke after arriving in the evening and setting up camp on one side of a long log...and very tired and weary of the cobblestone trail from Sunrise to Merced Lake, and very glad the hike had been downhill and not up!...next day I hiked out to the Valley at Happy Isles, the trail thereabout very crowded, and with my big pack, and trying to keep my pace, I was kind of a bulldozer!...puff clouds sunny blue cool...sat on the blue chair on the patio, and studied the sticks...was gonna post pics of the ideas, but for sometime...second pen and ink is of me at the Bus Stop in Mariposa...I didn't have a car for the first seven years in the Valley...and how often I sat on that bench waiting for YARTS!
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Mists and Clouds over Stoneman Meadow after Rain...one of the oil paintings I did in class at Palomar...from vacation pic...puff clouds, darker clouds, and woke up after nap to Rain...rolled over to Denny's for snack, and nice to hear raindrops on Silver's canvas top, and watch the wet dark streets and traffic outside the big windows...and I had to bring everything on the garrison table inside...patio roof leaks...and I put everything in the halloween pumpkins....tough to sort through trying to put model idea together for Harvest Table...and somehow arrived at the notion of making big pencils for the legs...I can get 4x4 posts (actually 3.5x3.5--lumber sizes keep getting skinnier) and saw the edges to make octagon posts...and maybe a hollow core door for table top...and paint the top like a piece of grid paper...in the model sketch, I poked the sharpened pencils all the way through the grid paper, and linked them with pipe cleaners...I've yet to try the glue gun glue...apparently, after watching cute video of a miniature plant stick chair being made, one can use this glue with just a candle flame to melt it...the pipe cleaners are a wonder, and will search web for what material large enough would behave like pipe cleaners do!...but I have to think through how to make stringers that will look good attached to the big octagon pencil legs...this table, once set in front of the sliding glass door ceiling to floor windows, will be the 'garrison table' I'm imagining...where I'll doodle in 3D....Key Fob came back with the White Truck...:)...oh..in the painting I moved El Cap to where Washington Column should be...in the old paintings of the Valley. most often the folk art ones, artists would move the Valley icons about routinely!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
"On the Yellow River at Hunan is a waterfall called the Dragon Gate. It is said that if certain carp called Yulong can climb the cataract they will transform into dragons. Every year in the third month of spring they swim up from the sea and gather in vast numbers in the pool at the foot of the falls. It used to be said that only seventy one could make the climb in any year. When the first succeeded, then the rains would begin to fall. This Dragon Gate was said to have been created after the Flood by the god-emperor Yu who split a mountain blocking the path of the Yellow River. It was so famous that throughout China there was a common saying that: 'a student facing his examinations is like a carp attempting to leap the Dragon Gate.' Hunan is not the only place where this happens. Many other waterfalls in China also have the name Dragon Gate and much the same is said about them. Other famous Dragon Gates are on the Wei River where it passes through the Lung Sheu Mountains and at Tsin in Shanxi Province." - Leaping the Dragon Gate
I was looking for the Hokusai (Gakutei) painting of Carp Leaping Up Waterfall that I used as reference for the scratchboard DragonFish that I did for Palomar class scratcboard project, and found the above site...Mike's assignment was to make a scratchboard combining the shapes of two animals...on hearing that, I immediately recalled Disney's 'BumbleLion' and such plush toys!...strictly speaking, I was hardly a student at Palomar...I was fiftytwo. or thereabout, with one college degree in English, and part of another in Marine Science, and I'm not sure what kind of achievement working in Disney maintenance for seven years was in regard to art and artistry, but it was an education in the mix...so, unlike the younger students, I could really go off on tangents...the DragonFish was one...Mike gave us a handout to get started, on it little thumbnails of animals, and a carp caught my eye, and researching at home on the web, I happened on the lore of carp in China and Japan...there's a lot of lore, and I could go on and on...the quote above has something new to me, that term 'Dragon Gate'...I changed the title of the post from DragonFish to Dragon Gate...now, I'm not adverse to making symbolic art!...and let me explain the scratchboard...the odd looking motif on the boarder represents rain drops, and upper and lower Falls, these are falling and join together into a stream meandering through boulders back to the ocean where the rain drops came from, and above the ocean are the stars, and Moon that the DragonFish is trying to catch...the bit about the students' acomplishments I thought appropo to my classroom surroundings, but there was a more telling tale in the lore that I found concerning the Dragon Boat Races...
Main article: Qu Yuan The story best known in modern China holds that the festival commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu during the Warring States period of the Zhou Dynasty. A cadet member of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance and even accused of treason. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry. Twenty-eight years later, Qin captured Ying, the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River. It is said that the local people, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him or at least retrieve his body. This is said to have been the origin of dragon boat races. When his body could not be found, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the river so that the fish would eat them instead of Qu Yuan's body. This is said to be the origin of zongzi.
...from English literature lore, I saw in this tale something of the tale of Suibne, which is another tale all toghether!...two of my wow characters are named Suibne and Subien...I'll have to find my old sestina about Subien...for sometime!....
...the poetry in the story of Suibhne is rich and accomplished, and the story itself of the mad and exiled king who composes verse as he travels has held the imagination of poets through to the twentieth century. At every stop in his flight, Suibhne pauses to give a poem on the location and his plight, and his descriptions of the countryside and nature, as well as his pathos, are central to the development of the text.
Grave's account of the Suibhne tale in his book The White Goddess is somewhat different...There's a battle to be fought, but before, the Druids from the opposing sides meet on a hill to discuss the conduct of the battle to come...Suibhne suspects his side's Druid of treachery, and tosses his spear at him on the hill top. It misses, and the Druid tosses back a handfull of straw, which casts a magic spell on Suibhne,.. he develops the 'flying sickness'...he can't stay on the ground, and flies off naked into the treetops, grows feathers, and joins the Birds...and from the treetops, he recites poems and such, often lamenting his fate...hadn't intended to go so far afield!...the discerning might have noted that the persona in the entire blog is "Subien"...and that I'm not adverse to symbolism! ...sunny hazy blue warm ...I really like the look of the redwood shelves combined with the pine uprights in the little model, and went to Home Depot to try and see what woods I can get...found redwood 2x4s with unrounded edges that I can join together for shelves, and table top for the Farmer's Table too, but they're so wet, like they cut the tree down yesterday...but price wise, it's possible to put together such a bookshelf with the construction grade woods...they will likely warp and become misshapen over time...a dried 2"x12"x10' redwood plank with un-rounded edges for a shelf is likely to cost a bundle...oh....Hummingbird was the second watercolor I did in class (from national geographic pic)...there's a lot of Koo Loo Loo lore in American Indian cultures!...oh...I found Carp painting, a woodblock print by Gakutei, and note that I went so far as to put Dolphin/Killer Whale dorsal and pectoral fins on DragonFish!...oh, and one more quote (link is "Moon" above)
There is nothing absurd about this suggestion of swallowing the moon. Celestial dragons are, in reality, personifications of clouds; and among the most primitive and widespread impressions respecting lunar eclipses is the notion that a monster is devouring the moon. Dark and writhing clouds advancing as if alive, and finally extinguishing its light, might easily suggest a similar thought; and it was a matter of early experience that after these hungry cloud-dragons had completed their feast, fertilizing rain usually blessed the thirsty fields and pastures, so that the dragons got the credit. Hence artists liked to represent these public benefactors playfully contending for the opportunity to devour the 'queen of night' and so produce a crop-saving fall of showers for which they (the dragons) would enjoy grateful appreciation. Incidentally, artists note that a pair of their graceful figures make a well-balanced composition. The moon and water are closely connected in all mythologies; hence the moon is closely linked with fertilizing agencies in general. Faith in the moon's influence on the weather lingers strongly in the mind of rural communities even in these progressive United States of America; and it is easy to believe that the dragon-thanking agriculturists and shepherds of China felt assured that the rain-giving will and power of their celestial friends were refreshed by frequently absorbing this bright and stimulating object in the sky.
Friday, February 20, 2015
In Shadowmoon Valley, wow players get to build their own garrison, and to do that one gathers plans, and then goes to a table, like the sort one sees on a construction site, clicks on the table, and menus open up offering Stable, Forge, Barracks, Barn, etc. to 'grow' your garrison...I haven't made much progress with mine, have three started, and that progress reminds me of my progress with the Old House!...sunny hazy blue warm...sat at my Old House Table, wondering what to click on...Trestle Table model looks like it can be scaled up...central idea to all these ideas is how I arrange the sticks to leave a hole or slot for another stick to go through...turning things in my hands brings ideas to mind...while sharpening a pencil, I realized I could make miniature rustic furniture with all the different craft dowels I got at the dollar store...a pencil lead on a sharpened pencil is like a hand carved tenon, the major feature of rustic furniture...and now I think I have it worked out how to use the sticks for the Farmer's Table, and a Bookshelf, and Bed Frames...trying to make a Futon Couch Bed has me stumped...the sloped back, and how to fold it down...living room I think will have the Bookshelf where I had a the photos up, the Farmer's Table with Stools or Bench right up along the sliding glass window door, two futon couches along the two remaining walls....and a couple video gamer lazy boys in the middle...and big screen tv over the center of the sliding glass door!...:)...tomorrowmorrow the model Bookshelf...