Work in progress – Steady as a Rock!

August 23, 2010

Quarter Past the Hour

















Finally, progress. I began this piece some time ago, and got stuck…. then distracted, producing postcards for the museum.
That aside, I realized I was missing something very important – studio time at the beach. I have had beach time, with family, with friends, with other’s families, with children… and no just “being” alone, creative play time. It is different. I have re-discovered that sometimes I like to be alone, to experiment, to observe, to listen, to “play”, to observe and play w/ the relationships of colors and shapes and allow and accept the guidance of the now.
So, here (above) is a teaser of that piece I was “stuck” on. Started weeks ago, left undisturbed on a public beach, over the past 3 days it has evolved. It may be finished. I will decide this week. This teaser is just a small portion of it.

A full beautiful day, 7-8 hours of uninterrupted time, gathering, building shooting – inspired 3 other peripheral pieces and encountered a visitor… see “Today’s Image” to meet the beautiful visitor!
New works in progress:

Simple Balance - Stable & Grounded

Balancing Act

Balancing Act 2


















And reaching a new pinnacle:
Taking wind into consideration, balance is pivotal....

Reaching a New Pinnacle

So three days of just being me, doing what I love. For the rock towers, there are many words, “cairns” = markers along the way. They have been built since the beginning of time, to mark paths, road crossings, give directions, leave a message. The Ojibwe word for them is “Inooksook.” Fun to say – In-nook-sook.
Such simple beauty in these stones. I love finding the “right” ones, fitting them together, finding the balance points, laughing when they fall, failing often, color coordinating them. With such a huge supply, it sometimes takes many journeys to and fro to find the best fits, flat, round, right thickness, color, patterns.
I would LOVE to do these as garden installations or gallery installations! I will probably bring these home… It’s a long haul, and worth it!

I do hope you enjoy these visits to the Studio… And a note to those who have posted comments – I try to respond when I am able. Working in town has cut deeply into my time, and know that your comments, suggestions, inspirations are all read and appreciated!

Stones Speak when we take time to listen –
Now 200 more images to edit! It was a fabulous 2 days! Felt like a 2 week vacation. May your days be filled with JOY and Dancing!
Be back sooner,
~ Betsy

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2 responses to “Work in progress – Steady as a Rock!

  1. Hi Betsy,

    It felt like a mini-vacation reading this post. I should go in the woods on the week-end and remember how to PLAY. In the mean time, I have fallen in love with puala shells. I found one that contained images of a monkey, a sitting Buddha, a monster and more. It changes under different lighting and in one shot I can even see the head of a man rising out of the sea, complete with eyes, nose and mouth. This inspired me to start a story book based on The Journey to the West, which I am re-reading. An egg-shaped stone with a natural imprint of a monkey image in it also showed up at my local dollar store, and I have joined this and my fossil stone with the underside of another shell to create an image of the birth of the stone monkey on a high mountain. I will send you a copy of that image as it is now. I may want to add some greenery in the forefront.

    It is hard to tell how big the stones are in your pinnacles. Not big enough to hurt your back, I hope.

    Long life to you,

    Michelle

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