It has been far too long since I have written. The sculpture above is another effort to integrate the prospect of bringing my paintings into a 3-dimensional form. Water is one of the vital and basic elements to all of life. Even in “Pure Michigan” water supplies are threatened by contaminants from various industrial manufacturing and agricultural practices, and the fact is that our waterways don’t respect political boundaries we see on a map. Flint’s crisis is Grand Haven’s crisis and so the work is an attempt to consider this reality.
This piece was made this last winter for Herman Miller’s Millwright Artist Showcase. I expect to do more in the near future, along with some further works on paper with ink and watercolor.
By way of a brief update, I am overwhelmed by the wide array of issues we face and can regularly fall prey to indifference and the paralyzing effect of having so many problems that require solutions. I know for a fact that my silence the last few months is, in part, due to that . My personality can err to the side of sloth when I feel powerless. Yet (Lord of the Rings nerd-dom pending) I’m regularly reminded of Gandalf’s words to Pippin, “There never was much hope…just a fool’s hope.” There is what I call a “golden thread” often just below the surface of things.
“Farms Film” (working title) is a documentary I’ve been milling about for a number of years now. It’s essentially the story of my families’ farms in Illinois (both sides of my family have farms). In early June I completed some initial filming of scenes and some interviews with my parents. I have a long way to go, but am also the most excited about this project of any.
Coming soon will by my own curated “retrospective” involving every single work of art in my home that I made. I need to sell some artwork. We have bills to pay, that’s the bottom line. So rather than holding on to so many pieces out of fear or for sentimental reasons, I want to make them available so that they can find new homes and we can take care of some of our obligations. I’m not going to be giving them away, but the prices will be reasonable. On top of that a percentage of all sales will be going to an organization yet to be determined. Stay tuned for dates and times.
I’ve taken up fly-fishing this last year. More specifically Tenkara. I love it. You will inevitably read more about my new adventure into this world.
Lastly, folks may be interested in what I’ve been reading recently. So here’s a not-so-exhaustive list of recommended reading from a very non-specific time frame (but perhaps roughly the last year or so):
The Overstory by Richard Powers
Unwanted by Jay Stringer
Montaigne in Barn Boots by Michael Perry
The Undressing by Li Young Lee (poetry)
Tree Crops by J. Russell Smith
The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
The Five Books of Moses a translation and commentary by Robert Alter
The World Ending Fire by Wendell Berry
The Gift of Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
How to See by George Nelson
The Art of Loading Brush by Wendell Berry
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullers and Asha Bandele
The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
The Gospel of Barbecue by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (poetry)
More to come. Thanks for checking in.