Well it's down the wire now. My Vasaloppet Art show entries need to be in by 10 a.m. tomorrow. Time to finish up the framing and get ready for my felting demo on Sunday.
I'm thinking these are the pieces I'll put in the show this year. They are a dramatic departure from my usual representational work, so we'll see what happens.
They are all part of my "Pasture" series. Last summer we had so much rain and so many storms, there were lots of trees down and twigs all over the pastures. At that time I was pondering what living in rural America means to me. That was the theme for a fall 2010 show that the local art and photography groups were planning. I was thinking of how rural people's lives are so connected, intertwined and so rooted in a place. The roots on the twigs I was gathering began to look so elegant and interesting in my eyes. I collected them as well as several small trees that the sheep had stripped the bark off. Once dead, the small trees were simply pushed over, bringing a bit of roots with them. I'm excited about incorporating them into some felt work too. Not sure how that will work yet.
I also hope to put a frosty pasture photo, similar to the blog's banner, in the show. It would give a sense of where the twigs came from. So today is D-Day, gotta get this all pulled into shape and ready to hang tomorrow morning. I'm not sure about the black frame, the piece definitely looks better in a black frame, but it will stand out when hung with the rest of the pieces.
On the weather front, it's bitter cold outside, about -20F on our thermometer, but I just heard the weatherman say that Mora is at -26F. Temps the last 4 nights have been in the double digits below zero, so I brought the mama hen and chicks back into the basement. I'll put them back outside tomorrow when the BIG warm up comes. For those of you wanting a bit of spring, I shot this video of the hen and chicks last week. It might help.