Work-in-Progress (19.dec.07)

Much progress has been made on the House of Myth­i­cal Crea­tures. None of which is vis­i­ble in the pho­to. I’m think­ing that I need to build some sort of press for hold­ing the pan­els flat while they dry.

work table picture

Also I noticed after how many weeks? (5, I think) that there is a typo in one of the main pieces of text. Oy.

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

Work-in-Progress (10.dec.07)

Been busy get­ting the house sort­ed. But I man­aged a cou­ple of hours here and there last week. This is the result.

WIP myth-house backgroundWIP Myth houseWIp myth house

Three of the back­grounds for the house of myth­i­cal crea­tures. You’ll notice that none of the red and orange paint­ed paper that I first put on the card stock cut-outs can been seen. That’s just the way it goes. I start in one place and end up some­where entire­ly dif­fer­ent. I have two more back­grounds that I am fair­ly hap­py with and one that failed utter­ly.

WIp myth house

I can’t imag­ine what I was think­ing when I put both the bright yel­low and bright orange on the same page. I’m blam­ing it on the fail­ing light. I can’t work with­out some nat­ur­al light and around here in the win­ter you lose use­ful light around 3 or 3:30pm. (On the days you get any at all. Today it isn’t bright enough out to tell brown from pur­ple and I’m in the office build­ing data­bas­es and web­sites rather than the work­room play­ing with paper.)

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

Work-In-Progress (26.nov.07)


Still work­ing on the flow­ers goth­ic arch. It now has birds on it. I have a pic­ture of my great grand­moth­er that I think will go in the cen­ter.

wip-birds and balloons

I have a new goth­ic arch start­ed. The back­ground is torn papers coat­ed with a wash of gel medi­um to get it all stuck down. I put a bird down and then decid­ed that a cou­ple of the back­ground papers where just too bright so I smeared ges­so over it all. Then the bird dis­ap­peared. I liked him well enough to cut out a sec­ond copy and past­ed it down. They over lap a bit but you can’t see it in this pho­to. The bal­loons are from a paint­ing (used on the cov­er of the SAM bul­letin.) I’m not sure what the key tags are going to be.

house boards

I got the back­grounds for the house book past­ed down. I sus­pect that once the pieces are fin­ished no-one will see them.

I’m also knit­ting a mohair scarf — a mid-not-very-red pur­ple in a sim­ple eye­let pat­tern. It’s to go with my grey coat. I try to knit in the evening but I’m get­ting so short sight­ed that I need a lot of light to see the stitch­es and some­times I’d rather not have the bright read­ing light on while we’re watch­ing tele­vi­sion.

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

Stenciling the Laundry Room

I did this last month. (in one day)


I made about 20 test runs on white butch­er paper to find just the right col­or com­bi­na­tion. And set­tled on this:


And here’s all the stuff it took to get the paint onto the wall.

stencil supplies

The sten­cil is from Trim­belle Riv­er Stu­dios. The room does­n’t have much in the way of long walls so I did a lot of fudg­ing to make the motifs fit.
I used oil paint sticks and sten­cil­ing brush­es. (Shi­va: Olive Green, Yel­low Ochre, (and a lit­tle Barn Red) Windsor/Newton Man­ganese Blue.) First time I’ve worked with paint sticks. Because they have to be smushed onto a pal­lette before you pick up the paint on the brush it takes longer than sten­cil­ing with acrylics but I like the way the paint has dimen­sion on the wall and the fact that the col­ors are some­what trans­par­ent.

Work-In-Progress (13.nov.07)

I’m try­ing to be bet­ter about keep­ing notes as I go along. (Click the thumb­nails forf ull size images.)

2 Goth­ic Arch­es pieces that are on my table at the moment.

poetry-toads WIP

Poet­ry-Toads. The back­ground is made up of pat­tern tis­sue and a fac­sim­i­le of the first page of an old edi­tion of Pride and Prej­u­dice. I col­ored the pea­cock with water­col­or pen­cils and then soaked it in mag­ic juice. ( a mix of left­over tea leaves and cof­fee grounds in luke­warm water.) A lit­tle thinned out ges­so and it’s ready to go. The quote is from Mar­i­anne Moore re the def­i­n­i­tion of a poem cut out and glued to some Japan­ese wrap­ping paper. The lady is col­ored and wet­ted and not glued down yet. It needs a final sur­face treat­ment of some sort to pull it togeth­er and mel­low the edges.

Flower-Bird WIP

I don’t know where this one is going. The back­ground is a paper tow­el that start­ed life a a brush wiper and then got paint­ed on it’s own mer­it. (Water col­ors — greens and browns and a funky amber that I love and will prob­a­bly nev­er be able to recre­ate.)

The flow­ers are from the front of a seed pack­et that is on some wall­pa­per I have a scrap of. There’s a cutout of an engrav­ing of a lit­tle bird (Car­oli­na wren?) that I think belongs on here.

I’m on my third time through In This House. I’m going to do mine as an accor­dion book with each page about nine inch­es tall. I’ve got some rice paper back­ings dry­ing on boards, cad­mi­um red this time. I mean to use it as back­grounds for the hous­es.

Hand Recursive and Finger Hat.

Slack­ing on the income earn­ing front and doing art instead.

Two com­plet­ed pieces:

Hands Gothic Arch

Hand recur­sive.

I fin­ished this one a cou­ple of weeks ago. It was my first try in this shape.

Finger Hat

Fin­ger Hat

A 4X4 on heavy water­col­or paper. Images from needle­work mag­a­zines, but­tons from heav­en only knows where and a bit of type from my vast col­lec­tion of fonts.

Event Report: Halloween II, Gold Bar, WA, 28 October 2007

A won­der­ful day greet­ed a fair­ly large turnout of rid­ers for our last event of the year. Not too cold and we had nice sun­shine all day. A bit of warm­ing up and pok­ing around, inter­est­ing sec­tions, looks pret­ty tech­ni­cal, with lots of turns with obsta­cles in them. Lit­tle did I know.

Got signed up, and con­fered with the oth­er Advanced rid­ers; we are doing group check, so we had a quick dis­cus­sion of whether to split the 5 of us up to make things go faster or not. the dis­cus­sion was incon­clu­sive, the 5 of us pret­ty much rode togeth­er the entire day.

out to sec­tion 1, start look­ing around. whoa, nel­lie: imag­ine rid­ing up the right front wheel of a mini-coop­er, turn­ing left, and then rid­ing down off of it at the left rear wheel. that’s kin­da what the first rock obsta­cle looked like. Many folks had trou­ble there, some went over the bars com­ing down, some did­n’t make it up, and some if us just had a case of the hee­bie-jee­bies once we got up on to and were look­ing down into that drop-n-turn as you come off. nev­er did get through there with bet­ter than a 1 all day. On to the next sec­tion, which real­ly summed up the tri­als. It had a chal­leng­ing-loook­ing rock step at the entrance, and then looked like a tight trail ride through some rocks and up the hill­side. The entrance was the easy part, it was the slimy rocks in the turns, no good place to put the back wheel, and the decep­tiv­ly slick leaves that made it real­ly tough. All 11 sec­tions were like that, in one way or anoth­er. It took us over 2 hours to ride the first loop. Over­all, I felt like I was doing OK, but being a lit­tle bit too timid. This was not helped by going sky­div­ing off the rock in sec­tion 3; made it up, but was too far right, and when I need­ed that dab, my right foot found only air. wheeeeeee, smack! right on the rocks with my right arm and shoul­der. But no last­ing dam­age, just a nice bruise on the elbow. By the third loop, I’d gained some con­fi­dence in the bike and knew a bit more about where the trac­tion was, and had a few good rides. There was gen­er­al agree­ment, though, that this was a tough event. Many of the cor­ners seemed impos­si­ble, at least for Advanced rid­ers.

Fin­ished, back to truck to lick the wounds a bit. Then got around to tal­ly­ing the score. Wowsa, that­sa lot­ta points! 105, with 2 cleans. But this time the 1‑point score dif­fer­ence went in my favor! 3rd place! Hey, I made the podi­um!

As a final event of the year, it was a good end­ing. I think i’m get­ting some of my con­fi­dence back, I have a win­ter plan of a few things to take care of on the bike (front brakes need some atten­tion, and i’m going to see if i can get the clutch to have a lit­tle soft­er engage­ment point), and I’m going to be ready to go in 2008!

see y’all on the loop trail! keep those feet up!


Gather Socks

Start­ing off with a lit­tle project that I final­ly fin­ished.

The Gath­er socks. I start­ed these in August and fin­ished them in Octo­ber — not bad for me.

gather socks

I bought the yarn (and nee­dles) from Cir­cle of Yarns in Kala­math Falls OR on the way to Eagle Lake, CA for the16th Annu­al Pacif­ic North­west Dry­side Gath­er. Great shop. Just hap­pened across it while dri­ving through K Falls look­ing for a like­ly lunch spot. Amaz­ing what you can find along the way.

edit­ed 25.june.2008 to cor­rect image links

Event Report: Halloween One, Walker Valley, 7 October 2007

Whew! arrive at the park­ing area about 8:30am sun­day, got out of the truck, Holy Stiff Breeze, Bat­man! We’re at about 1900 ft. alti­tude, and up on an exposed hill­top where they’re run­ning a grav­el pit, and the wind is blow­ing pret­ty good. Get over to sign up, Sean (one of the Mar­shalls) allows as how we’re prob­a­bly going to do a Group Check event, where rid­ers go out in groups, and check each oth­er. It allows all class­es to run at once, which makes for a much short­er day, and giv­en the way the weath­er looked to be movin’ in, the right call.

That said, I’m not a big fan group check tri­als, for pure­ly self­ish rea­sons: i his­tor­i­caly haven’t rid­den well in group check sit­u­a­tions! I have a ten­den­cy to get into my own head too much, and psych myself out, espe­cial­ly after a cou­ple of bad sec­tions. When doing cross check events, I can take advan­tage of the clock, and give myself breaks, snacks, and re-group time where I need it. In a group check sit­u­a­tion, I always feel like there’s some­thing else i need to be pay­ing atten­tion to, and my rid­ing suf­fers, espe­cial­ly on the first loop, when things are often quite slow.

Any­way, enough whing­ing! We get our cards and punch­es, and away we go. Down the hill, up the road, into the woods, and there’s #1. A tricky ups­lope with an angled log in it, then a sharp turn, cross-hill over to a descent over a slick slab rock, about 8 feet long. Not too tough, but I don’t have con­fi­dence in the trac­tion yet, and get out of shape after the log, and pad­dle through. Oh well, not too bad, I think, and we go on. much of the first loop is like that, includ­ing a cou­ple of real­ly dumb 5’s, stalled the engine, hit a tree with the shift lever, that kind of stuff.

But as the day went on, I felt like I was rid­ing bet­ter and bet­ter, and it all came togeth­er pret­ty well on the last loop, I put togeth­er a loop of 17 points, low­est of any­one in my class, and had 2 cleans. Alas, it was­n’t enough, and I wound up with 78 points and 3 cleans, which was a sol­id lock of 4th place advanced. again. At least I feel like my con­fi­dence is return­ing, espe­cial­ly on the last lap sun­day, and my con­di­tion­ing work is pay­ing off, it was­n’t until the end of the third loop, after sec­tion 10, that i real­ly start­ed hav­ing fore­arm pump and cramp­ing prob­lems.

So, in short, it was­n’t the ride I’d hoped for, but I am still improv­ing. If I could make the time and moti­va­tion to prac­tice more, I’m sure it would advance my cause a bit faster.

Next event: Hal­loween Two, by Jon Payne, at Gold Bar, WA. See ya there, and keep those feet up!