Do what you gotta do

Hot Air Rises interactive portrait of Republican presidential nominee
Hot Air Rises interactive portrait of Republican presidential nominee

I finished this piece after sitting with it a few days in the park downtown and a few days at the State Fair. I invited people to add positive words to the sides and bottom of the piece. The idea is a vacuum is created by the torrent of hot rhetoric flying out of the head, and sucks in all the positivity applied by citizens. This will either result in a wicked witch of the west scenario or create a changed man. Hopefully.

applying positive language to counteract hateful rhetoric
applying positive language to counteract hateful rhetoric

Kate helped me at my demonstration space at the fair for a bit. I was kept very busy with children wanting to play with clay.

Third Day of California State Fair Fine Arts demonstration
Third Day of California State Fair Fine Arts demonstration

You can imagine I heard quite a few comments with this large portrait of Hillary behind me. The Trump piece was photographed hundreds of times, and about 150 people added words to it over the three days. What amazed me is all the children, even very young children, knew who the candidates are for this election. Is that weird? “Are you for Trump?” “Do you like Hillary?” Really, I don’t feel it’s appropriate to discuss politics with a 7-year old, though not too much different than with your average Trump supporter.

Portable toilets dumped in Calanan Park for three weeks
Portable toilets dumped in Calanan Park for three weeks

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce totally dissed me and all the work I do, and showed great disrespect for the huge Coast Redwood and the park by installing these portable toilets in the park for three weeks. They were kept locked except for the three consecutive Wednesday nights that the Chamber hosted: “Summer Nights” otherwise known as “drunken throw your garbage all over town night”. ¬†When I objected to their placement in the park, the Chamber claimed it was because health regulations would not allow it near the cheese shop where it was at previous events. This is not true, according to Environmental Health. So, not only does the Chamber do whatever they feel like, they invent things to serve their needs. Meanwhile, all the people who love to sit under this tree on hot summer days are out of luck. But you know, people who spend the most money in town are probably not the types to sit under redwood trees, so who cares if stinky blue plastic boxes take up the whole area?

So pretty!
So pretty!

I guess they thought it was okay ’cause it has such a lovely design. Fits right in.

Canine Unit t-shirt
Canine Unit t-shirt

Another foray to the Golden Era. This time, to support efforts of our local police force and their Canine Unit (portrait at left on shirt). I had the Chief of Police sign it for me.

Canada geese
Canada geese

The single mother goose managed to teach her now-grown baby to fly. It was a tough year for her, losing four goslings and her partner to depredation by coyotes.

Mother goose and gosling in pond
Mother goose and gosling in pond

They were doing synchronized swimming.

Wood duck and one duckling
Wood duck and one duckling

The hawks managed to snag over half of the nine wood duck babies. They have all left the pond now.

River otter on pond
River otter on pond

A recent visitor. I think the otters come a lot more frequently than I’m aware. This one was quite small.

Modern Political Discourse (with antidote)
Modern Political Discourse (with antidote)
Backside of ceramic rattles
Backside of ceramic rattles

Finished and submitted these for a political show in Roseville. I should know by early August if the juror thought them worthy of inclusion in the show.

Mid-summer gooseneck clethra
Mid-summer gooseneck clethra

 

 

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Crocosmia Lucifer
Crocosmia Lucifer

My favorite July flower. The hummingbirds love it, too.

Greenware Rattles
Greenware Rattles

I’ve been working on an installation, of sorts, for entry into a political show in Roseville. These rattles are supposed to represent the state of modern political discussion.

One set of rattles
One set of rattles

They aren’t really sets. Each rattle of three screaming heads will be displayed upright on a stand. I plan to have them all in a group, screaming at each other. The reverse side contains quotes about peace and tolerance by Nobel Peace prize winners, and others.

Last four rattles
Last four rattles

The left-most three kept breaking apart as I constructed them. They really didn’t want to be together.

Little rat head
Little rat head

I made a few rat masks. My sister allegedly wants them to give to someone who likes rats.

Collaged background on panel
Collaged background on panel

I swore I wouldn’t make a Trump piece. I feel that the more attention he gets, the more power he has. But I was offered an opportunity to be an artist¬†demonstrator, demonstrating how I construct my art, at the State Fair and I thought I’d give it a political slant. I plan to bring my portraits of Hillary, Sarah Palin, Gavin Newsom, and the other one. Trump.

Collage and ceramic not glued down yet
Collage and ceramic not glued down yet
Waiting for Trump quotes to spew out head
Waiting for Trump quotes to spew out head

I am tentatively calling it “Flip-top” and “Hot Air Rises.” I have three pages of odious quotes that I’ve cut into strips and am going to invite fair-goers to help me glue them on so they look like they are gushing out the top of his head. This may be too unpleasant for some, so I have words of peace and tolerance for others to glue to the sides of the piece.

Love and Harmony and all that
Love and Harmony and all that

This is the photo I worked from:

Trump and Trump
Trump and Trump

Lovely.

Wood ducks hatched July 10 on their first day out of the nest box
Wood ducks hatched July 10 on their first day out of the nest box
Mama Wood Duck with babies underneath and turtle
Mama Wood Duck with babies underneath and turtle

Our third successful wood duck hatching this year.

Young hawk wants to eat wood ducklings
Young hawk wants to eat wood ducklings

This juvenile hawk keeps lurking near the pond.

Watching babies
Watching babies
Paintings by Alex Henderson
Paintings by Alex Henderson

This October, I will be on the Western Nevada County studio tour. I haven’t done this for many years but think I’m ready to withstand the public in all their many forms. I will be sharing my studio with painter Alex Henderson. That is, if by October he still feels committed enough to the project to go through with it.