Friday, July 31, 2009

...or another way to put's always something.

The focus of my recent efforts has been to help Meg with her Reading Girl commission, mainly by staying out of the studio so that she can get something done. But I managed to sneak in some hours on a new project called "Changes". I really wanted to get into the Alabama marble that I bought last month.

This is the progress on the Indiana Limestone base.

This is the rendition for the design.

I haven't posted in the last 3 weeks, because a lot of my activities were quite boring: computer and equipment repairs, replacing the front door to the house, whacking weeds, plotting to overthrow world order. You know, the same old, same old. Nothing worth taking a picture and sharing with everybody.

...And speaking of not getting pictures. My cousin Kevin invited me to go to a Neko Case concert on July 17 in Indianapolis. His tickets were FRONT ROW CENTER. (and they wouldn't allow photography!) We were less than 20 feet from Neko and the band - too cool.

Our cat, Oz, has a twisted sense of what's comfortable.

Jenni 'Fey Ray' Pollard sent me this and a 'hand full' of other pictures when she and her Mom, Mary Ann, were at Yew Dell Gardens on her birthday this last week.

Monday, July 13, 2009

It's all about that Girl

Meg started carving the face and hands on her Reading Girl commission.

If you scroll down to what this piece looked like last week, you'll be amazed at the progress.

This is a view from the other direction. It's really starting to shape up.

Going with the flow. Meg snapped this picture out near our island of a patch of weeds on their Mobile Home.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

a girl and a party

I spent a very productive week removing extra stone from Meg's Reading Girl commission for Charles City, Iowa.

This is the progress at the end of this week. It is interesting to scroll down to last week's post and compare.

A view from the southside.

A picture of her backside.

The high point of the week was the 4th of July party at Steve McMillen's place, across the road from our house. His nephew is in a band called Down N Out, and they played 2 sets for us. I loved their rendition of U2's Vertigo and when they opened their 2nd set with a My Morning Jacket song. They're great musicians, especially considering that they're only 17. Check them out on

Toward dark, the entire neighborhood invaded Bobby Ball's farm in Chenault Bottom.

It is directly across the river from a tiny, remote river town called Derby, Indiana that puts on a large fireworks show every year.

After the fireworks, we all went back to Steve's place. This is a sculptural alternative to a bonfire - art is where you find it.

It's all about Attitude!

...and speaking of Attitude, meet Steve's dog.