Monday, February 13, 2012

Gathering Clay Leaves


It is misty, winter foggy out.  Now I know when people think of the San Francisco Bay Area weather---fog is on the top of the list and  it's always room temp here.  Well, it is, for the most part, but we have hundreds of micro-climates within miles. In a day we can witness all the seasons (yes, even a little snow.)  I know the climate in my front yard is different from my backyard. Two blocks down it is windy.  There's more fog here (I live near the east shoreline) than 8 blocks away where once stood dairy farms and cherry orchards.  My house has its own micro-climates as well as my work.  It takes on a rhythm.  An ebb and tide.  And depending on the day, fog or sun, rain or wind, I work fast or slow, messy or neat, singularly or repetitively,  intuitively or with a blueprint, or do not work at all.


For the changing climates inside my artist life, I have these canvas covered boards I can carry around and work outside the studio.  They are my sketchpads in a sense.  The tools and clay bits are from various pieces worked out on this board. It looks like a mixed media composition of interactions with my work and my day.

                                                     
 working on arms and leaf placement on Sheath (l.) with Leaf Gatherer (r.)  nearly done
    

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.        
                                                                                                ~Henry David Thoreau

flotsam and jetsam

8 comments:

  1. I love this post - you are so right about the rhythms of working in your studio - the ebb and flow - sometimes fog - sometimes bright sun - and it is all about working intuitively. Loving this piece you're working on too . . .

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    1. Thank you, Judy. I am loving these little leaves, too. When I started with them I really did not know why of it, but I knew I needed to simply make.

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  2. Oh now I see where all these leaves are going so wonderful they'll be when complete; I've lived in San Francisco and the East Bay and know full well the micro climates, I loved the area for it's mildness, but alas my husband doesn't like what he calls the damp cold so we are here in Florida now.

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    1. All different climates within a half hour drive! I have lived all over (including Tampa and Ft. Walton Beach), but I can not stray far from the Pacific Coast.
      I plan on making at least a thousand little leaves for one piece. Hopefully, the weather does stay damp!

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  3. I really enjoyed this post! The white small leaves on the doll look fantastic! Looking forward to its next stage!

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    1. Thank you, sapphire. One is completed and drying. The other has leaves up to its cheekbones. It is tricky to get the leaves around the head. I need to wire them on. I'll post on that process soon.

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