Sheila and I have been dialing in the acid bath for the perfect etch. Well, mostly Sheila, I usually just do what she says, ” Do not put your hand in the acid, please.”
Since this is a new shop, she has been ramping it back up for production work. Anyone who has ever moved understands, everything changes! All of that motor memory from the last place has to be discarded. New pathways in the brain must be formed!
Soon we’ll be etching for real, but until then a few photos of Sidereal Press and it’s environs:
Sick.In bed. On a GORGEOUS Seattle Saturday. Ugh. Trying out a laundry list of cold medicines to alleviate MULTIPLE symptoms. Don’t worry. Not at the same time. Watching college basketball with the sound down while leafing through Pauline Kael’s “For Keeps.”
I almost spewed herbal tea on my lap when I read this line from her review of Return of the Jedi from 1983, “Yoda looks like a wonton and talks like a fortune cookie.”
Ideat, a culture magazine based in France, sent a journalist and photographer to report on Seattle. Somehow they ended up ay my studio after First Thursday. Actually, Deborah Paine was their tour guide that evening and we work together at the City of Seattle.
From L to R: Tod Gangler, Deborah Paine, Jean Michel de Alberti, Jean-Claude Figenwald
Tod Gangler, Seattle based photographer, was our translator. Jean Michel is writing the piece, and Jean-Claude was the photographer. They were in the midst of an intense week of experiencing Seattle. They changed hotels every day, ate out every meal, had tours of cultural destinations, and had about an hour of free time a day. Sounds grueling.
We had planned to have a few beers in the studio and go out for Chinese, but ended up just hanging out. I think they were relieved not to have to go out for dinner. It was a fun evening. I look forward to seeing the spread. Until then, “Vive la France!”
In January Rebecca and I got to visit briefly with Marc Dombrosky and Shannon Eakins at Marc’s show at Platform. My post about “Neverland”here. They have relocated to Las Vegas while Shannon pursues her MFA. We miss them.
Marc recently sent me a gift of one of his lovely embroidered pieces. Thanks Marc! I have it in the studio beside a pair of Marc and Shannon’s “Tacoma Drinkers.” These are leather beer holsters that attach to your belt loops for two fisted drinking.
There are no WMD’s or guns in my humble studio. I have two “weapons” besides the makeshift (screw drivers, hammers, nail guns, cauldrons of boiling oil, etc.).
Officially known as Joan of Arc’s sword (for Rebecca’s Halloween costume two years ago) it is actually based on Aragorn’s sword in Lord of the Rings.
Brass knuckles, Travis’ parting gift. For those late night rambles around the ID. Certainly not as awesome as Debra Baxter’s version, but they’ll do in a pinch.
Now for the curiosities, beer, and boats:
Above the fridge, Bill Whipple made a sculpture (or maybe a joke) about my work by attaching an iron ball (hidden) from an ore crusher to a homemade kite string spool. Below Bill are a couple of pieces from John Gradewho has the space next to mine. If you haven’t seen his work – get cracking. He has an installation at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham through April 10.
My large drawing is finished (at least the drawing part). Still deciding whether to add color. I’m choosing from over 300 acrylic paint amazon, I like to use these paints because you can use them on nearly any surface and can use unique tools like palette knives, string, and more to paint with them.
My two other projects:
Enough to keep me busy, plus I started four more small paintings. Jeez…
Yeah – I haven’t posted for a while. Not because I’m lazy (maybe a little) just busy. I have this grant to make a print. Thanks 4Culture! (Gohere to learn how you can help 4Culture keep their funding source.)
So I get to work with Sheila Coppola at Sidereal Press to make a suite of etchings. She has this amazing new shop in Tukwila.
I’m a wee bit jealous at this point. Great light, high ceilings, elbow room. Studio envy?
I can’t wait until next week – perhaps by then we’ll have pulled a proof. I’ll have evidence that I’ve been productive. In the meantime I leave you to contemplate the Putz!