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Growth and development

This is a small (7″x10″) charcoal and ink wash drawing I made one night after thinking about the juxtaposition of my current grown self and what I remember of my childhood self.  I had spent a lot of time thinking about all the layers I have to dig through and remove to remember something simpler and more innocent about my childhood.  I thought of how I, being an adult, might view the child I was, and how I as a child would view the adult I am now.  All this in an effort to better understand who I am and to come to terms and accept who I have become.  This continuing process takes many conversations and much vulnerability, but leads to liberation from many of the things of the past that seem to hold me down.  Here I’ve only scratched the surface.  There is much more to find out.

 

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Inspiring Myself

My first experience playing Jazz music was in middle school, and I continued to play the alto saxophone all the way through college marching band at WCU.  This is yet another piece I made under the influence of Jazz music and instrumentation.  It is a small pastel drawing (about 6×9 inches) on pastel card.  The composition is based on a painting I made in college and sold shortly after graduation (pictured below the pastel, it measured 3×5 feet).  

 

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Getting back to work

It is good to be back home after being gone for almost a month.  I spent three weeks at a teacher workshop followed by a week in Montana.  Lots of fun but very exhausting.  One of the things I was most excited about doing upon my return was trying out the lathe I got about two months ago.  I’m in the middle of reading a book on wood turning and have basic tools.  I’ve never turned anything up to this point, but I’m ready to dive into this new dimension of wood working.  

The first piece I tackled was a basic cylinder, which is conveniently the shape of a rolling pin.  As I worked the Cherry with a couple of tools, I realized I have a long way to go as far as sharpening is concerned.  I’m accustomed to sharpening knives, but chisels and gouges are a different story.  I was pleased though with my initial attempt at turning.  The rolling pin is fairly straight and smooth and I didn’t hurt myself in the process.  Additionally I’ve wanted a Cherry rolling pin for some time.  I’m really excited and encouraged by this first project and hope to spend more time in the near future honing my skills on the lathe.

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