Winter Moods

I like simplifying things – sometimes – and these photos work for this today.

Huon River Views - diddled

Deep Winter Spirit – because Winter IS here.

 

inverted crop

The thorns, wrapped in the web in the deep of night, intrigue me.

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If you are wondering what the original photos look like, here they are …

Huon River Views (4)

The Huon River – on a overcast winter day.

 

Autumn 2020 (9)

My rose arch on a frosty winter morn.

 

Out on a limb

In autumn leaves rustling
I remember the glory
Of dancing out on a limb
The sway of the branch
As the winds of life
Determined where i would fall

In autumn leaves shining
I remember the colour
Of being held by you
As out on a limb i waited
For your heart
to catch me as i fell

In autumn leaves floating
I remember the sight
Of you and our children laughing
As out on a limb we held them
Safe in our hearts and our love
Never fearing that we would fall

In autumn leaves falling
I remember the grieving
And out on the limb on my own
I cling to the branch that gave me
The dance of the seasons, the reasons
For not regretting the fall.

In Pusuit Of …. #1 completed – “Inlet”

She’s finished!

Well, she still needs an Orange Oil rub down to protect her (she is at the beach after all).

To help her get to this point I just had to follow these steps:

Well, actually, there were a few more steps involved, at various non-pictured times, that went something like this:

  • pour colour layer 3 – over fiddle AGAIN!
  • wait 24 hours
  • pour clear layer four
  • wait 24 hours
  • remove the sticky embrace of the plasticine – be happy that no resin seeped out
  • turn her over and look at her back – be happy that only minimal resin seeped under the acrylic backing
  • remove acrylic backing sheet – be happy that it released so easily
  • remind self to weight down wood better next time so no resin seepage occurs
  • spend some time admiring the back – colours and “worm” pattern are lovely
  • regret that the front is not as nice as the back
  • admire the back again
  • Unmolding - Inlet - Huon Pine & Resin Serving Board (12)
  • take some photos that won’t do it justice, but you have to try
  • stop procrastinating and move on to unmolding her
  • remove layers and layers of tape – be happy that the tape did, indeed, keep the resin where it was supposed to be
  • remove the screws at each corner
  • say “there IS always one” as the last screw refuses to unscrew with the power drill
  • get a hand screwdriver and give it a twist, and it comes undone easily!
  • use the tip of the screwdriver to wedge the frame open in the corner
  • easily remove the four frames – be happy again that the tape didn’t stick to the resin
  • remind self to get more tape
  • trim off the little bits of resin that went under the frame
  • take more photos (because you are so impatient) even though you know she still needs a lot of sanding to finish her off properly – especially her back
  • go out to the wonky workshed and get the sander out – make a mess of resin dust everywhere
  • wish again that you had a dust extractor system, and a proper workshed, but then be grateful that you have a space where you can do this messy stuff – even if it is a wet, gravel floored garden shed!
  • come inside to the kitchen and get the hand sandpaper out – spend the next hour hand sanding from 400 to 12 000 grit
  • accept that your back and arm are not going to like you later
  • apply abrasive paste and polish and hand buff some more
  • take more pictures tha tyou will have to edit later – and probably discard ’cause they don’t look good enough when compared to the real thing in front of you
  • fall in love a little
  • be happy

In Pursuit Of …

I have just (as in right now) decided that I will start a new semi-regular (you now I actually mean “whenever-I-remember”) post about my creative pursuits – hence the title!

So, for the inaugural IPO, here is a Huon Pine & Resin Serving Board I am in the process of making.

So, the process goes something like this:

  • I want to make something!
  • Ponder what I want to make ….
  • Grab wood that appeals to me – which means it usually has holes/rough bits.
  • Go out to the Wonky Workshed and sand timber viciously, then gently.
  • Marvel at how beautiful Huon Pine really is – it now feels like silk.  Admire it.
  • Sand the boring timber pieces I will use to make the frame
  • Come inside and put tape all over the frame inside edges, screw them together and add more tape on the outside – several rounds.  (The tape is to stop the resin sticking to the wood, and make it easier to remove the finished work once it is cured).
  • Cut acrylic sheet for backing.  Add to frame with more tape.
  • Put it on a support board on the workbench and insert the Huon Pine.
  • Make sure it is level – shim the support board where needed to get it level.
  • Squish plasicine around all the outside edges, because my faith in the tape has been broken before – and I don’t want resin all over my floor.
  • Squish plasticine round the front corners of the support board so it doesn’t move and become unlevel during proceedings.
  • Mix up the resin, mica poweders and pigments (no pictured – it’s too sticky to take pictures when I am doing this).
  • Pour colours into the form, mix them up, heat them up, swirl them around until I get something I like – or until they get too sticky and I am stuck with whatever it is even if I don’t like it!
  • Regret the last minute fiddling I did to the resin – but too late, now I am stuck with it (see point above).
  • Admire the gorgeous colour pattern in “The Inlet” (pic 9)
  • Take pictures so I can make a post for Instagram and Facebook – you know it’s not real till you put it online!!!!!!
  • Wit 24 hours for the first layer to cure.
  • Mix up more resin, trying to be careful not to mix too much of the colours I don’t want to take over in Layer 2.
  • Can’t control my mixing frenyz and I make too much dark blue – it is such a gorgeous colour, but a little goes a long way.
  • Pour resin and use heat gun till I get a pattern I really like, even if the colours mix a little too much.
  • Sigh when “The Inlet” first layer disappears, but hope to replicate it on Layer 3.
  • Use the left over resin colours on the underside of another ocean piece I have had sitting on my bench for repairs – hope that works out ok.

So, this is where I am now, waiting for it to cure for 24 hours before I can pour another layer.  I think Layer 3 will be a deeper layer with only a little colour in it, in an attempt to get a semi-transparent look that will let me see some of the darker colours in the depth, and have lighter colours towards the top.  Like looking at the ocean with poloroid sunglasses (I hope).

Who knows how it will end up, sometimes it’s just going with it and hoping that you don’t hate it when it’s finished.

Take care folks, have a happy and safe Easter.

…………………………………………………………………..and remember – Clean Hands mean you Care

 

 

Habit & Pattern

Hydrangeo Heart (2)

I am a person of pattern
of habit and rhythm in life
and when this gets interrupted
it can cause all manner of strife

I’m working from home at the moment
I’m not sad to give up the commute
it’s just that my new “office” layout
is not really made to suit

I am a person of process
do this, then this, and then that
when something is not in it’s order
in has a flow on effect

I’m starting to find a new pattern
it is wobbly, when I long for smooth
but a good life is never a constant
and repetition will eventually soothe

I am a person of habit
but that rhythm can lead you astray
so I’m working on new ways of being
as I wait through these “stay at home” days

© ceenoa

Laying it Out

I collected these leaves from my garden and then I played with layouts for a new resin art piece I am going to create.

Gum Leaves
Dried Gum Leaves

I like to use a frame, and then take a photograph, as it helps me “see” them better.

I wanted to use the ferns branching out from the corners, but I couldn’t get a design to work that I really liked. I think the last frame in this set is the best.

I made minor adjustments to the seeds in each of these frames below, and it’s interesting to see how each small variation impacts on the flow of the piece.

My favourite is #4 then #2 (I think) .

This was a fun exercise, but I will probably go with the first arrangement I tried (below), because I like it’s simplicity, and the fuzzy lichen on the twig.

Layout Design Options (1)
Leaves and Lichen

Her Name

she cannot be contained
destruction her desire
she rages

she runs her path
unfettered and leaping
death dancing

her name is spoken
by broken hearts
in ashes

she touches us all
there or here
with fear

for we are fools
who forgot her
dark lessons

now she runs amok
incandescant with power
burning all

bushfire

© ceenoa

Oz Fires

 

May the Universe give blessings to all those impacted by the bushfires, and protect those who face her ravenous appetite directly, day after day, whilst saving lives and homes.

Giving up Chai

i’m trying to give up the Chai
– well, really it’s more all the milk –
the spice of the cinnamon topping
– the feel of sweet liquid brown silk –

i’m trying to give up the Chai
– i started cold turkey today –
I haven’t missed it as yet
– but tomorrow’s another day –

i’m trying to give up the Chai
– three lattes a day was excessive –
I don’t know what I’ll drink now
– my cravings might be quite expressive –

i’m trying to give up the Chai
– when I don’t like giving things up –
I like a hot drink and time to think
– so deprivation might be kinda rough –

© ceenoa