I must really be getting old!
I went outside to watch the men working and the men looked like kids to me! Turns out the one on the left is 21 and the one on the right is 26. Both perfectly capable experienced workers!
The one on the left has been working with his dad since he was eight, learning the trade, and totally knows what he’s doing. I’m very happy to be getting this done so we can have enough water again.
We have barely had enough for drinking lately, towards the end of this hot dry summer. Laundry mats and stacked up dirty dishes have been the norm for the past few weeks. Hallelujah for running water.
We are putting in a new well because our old well is producing too slowly. While trenching, we came across this beautiful boulder which needed to be removed. We dug all around it creating a pretty good sized hole then used a large metal pole as our lever, against the dirt sides, to loosen the boulder up. After breaking my rope on the first attempt, and having three ropes slip off on the second attempt, we finally placed three main pulling ropes around the rock and then took some twine and wrapped that around the main ropes to hold the main ropes on. Success!
Above you can see the trench and the large hole we created while removing the rock. Next is the Toro dingo trencher which worked awesomely.
John and I travelled to California this week to look at the shops and art and make contacts in the art world in Southern California. We had a great time. I loved talking to the shop owners and other artists and eating at great food places with John.
Here is a wonderful artist I met today while he was painting in his little booth at the Ferry Building Marketplace. His name is Frank Shu Tang Dong, and he has been painting for 50 years. Some of his work is in museums now.
His website is frankshutangdong.com
What a sweet man and there is such a good feeling about him. His art is quite varied and at least 6 or 7 paintings really caught my eye, but I only bought two!
Here is the felted piece that seems to be lively and almost dancing. I have since added some things (photo coming later in another post) but I loved this before piece as well so thought I would share. Below is a slideshow of the details of “Layers of Fluff.” This piece is approximately 18″x16″.
“Layers of Fluff” was felted using merino wool, Jacob’s wool locks, and dyed silk hankies.
I will post the new look of “after the additions” soon and I am curious which people will say they like better. I would appreciate your opinions. Thanks!
“Among The Coral” Approx. 18″x24″
Slideshow above are detailed images of “Among The Coral”.
I’ve had some requests for wall art so I’ve been creating things in the past few months. This one, which I’ve titled “Among The Coral”, was inspired by a beautiful dried leaf which twisted and exhibited amazing colors. Once I laid out the colors, the piece looked more like a water picture so I added some little moving orange inhabitants.
This piece is of dyed merino wool, silk, alpaca, vintage sari pieces, and sparkly sequins.
I just finished this cuff bracelet after watching Diana Nagorna’s you tube video on making a felted beaded bracelet! This was so fun to make and looks so creamy and rich!
Click here and see Diana Nagorna’s you tube video, and see a master designer at work.