Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The strangest thing about him is that he is not too partial to nests. At the first opportunity he bails out which is probably what got him in trouble in the first place. He likes to sit on my desk while I work. When he gets tired I create a secure nest for him but it lasts five minutes and then he's off across the desk like a drunken sailor. A common idiosyncrasy of the thrush is to dash for cover, almost parallel to the ground with neck thrust foreward like an arrow. Little Bug instinctively does this though he loses balance along the way.
Eventually he finds a spot to his liking (usually on a pile of scrap metal) where he will settle for a while squawking for food whether he's hungry or not.
At 5.00 pm almost to the second he switches off for the night. Last night he learned to put his head under his wing. I was so proud of him! My daughter hates to think what I'm going to be like with grandchildren. As it is I already have a Picasa file full of photographs..
One can't help loving him . He's a brave little clown who is keeping me on the hop all day long but I feel so privileged spending this short while with him. He's growing fast and it won't be long before we'll have to make decisions about the next leg of his journey.
Monday, January 26, 2009
I've been in an ebullient mood for days and I put this down to our early morning walks, prompted by Julia Cameron, author of Vein of Gold. I've joined the Vein of Gold Group over at CCS and one of the daily practices is walking. It has been hard to pull myself out of bed so early in the morning but definitely worth the effort!
Ben and I realized what it was simultaneously but I was quick, scooping the baby thrush out of harms way and holding it close while we searched for a nest. Thrush was quite a distance from any trees and he was definitely too young to fly . We couldn't leave him there or even put him in a tree to wait for the mum (who was nowhere to be seen) because he kept bailing off the branch and in any case it was highly probable that the mongoose would sniff him out. After waiting a while Hubby decided that we should take him home because he wouldn't survive out in the open ....what with the mongoose, cars and dogs about....... So home we went!
I wish I had the equipment to record and share what I can hear right this moment. Bug is chrrrpping at the top of his lungs just to let me know he hasn't eaten in the last half hour.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Silence Spoken by Lewis Knauss (USA). Woven, knotted, linen, feathers, handmade paper, wire.
A gallery I've recently discovered on the net has my heart doing backflips.With a focus on Art Textiles and Fiber Sculpture, Browngrotta Arts showcases contemporary art from around the globe.
Discourse by Caroline Bartlett (born Zambia, living in UK)
"My recent work has focused on the act of collecting and archiving, and on the overwriting of histories. As a result, processes of erasing and reworking, folding and unfolding, have become central to both ideas and working methods, permeating responses to other stimuli - such as recent visits to Japan and Australia. A preoccupation with the tactile and its connections with memory continue to be an ongoing concern while the use of print as a means of marking cloth, and a continuing involvement in stitch and manipulation techniques provide me with a working vocabulary and the means by which I process and articulate ideas." - Caroline Bartlett
Friday, January 9, 2009
I can't keep blaming the heat for my lethargy so today I have made a concerted effort and whoohoo I feel so much better. There's no getting away from the heat. It's here and it's blazing hot so I'm working around it. I cut my wood last night and have just finished putting a door together ready for the first breeze when I will dash outside to do some routing and sanding. I am sitting on the bed with my books because it's the only room with an air conditioner. Hubby has gone fishing so he's as happy as a lark and I'm sipping iced, honey ginger tea while writing my morning pages.....feeling very serene.
"For today, all you need is the grace to begin beginning." - Julia Cameron.
Jeane over at ARTIT mentioned that there is a coffee/tea mug sharing thing going on in the bloggerspere. Share a photograph of your morning cuppa. Here's mine.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
It always amazes me just how creative and talented people are. Amy Brier created a series of Roliqueries. Sculpture that creates sculpture. A Roliquery is a hand carved limestone ball which when rolled in sand leaves the most wonderful patterns...a new work of art.
Spaghetti Bench by Pablo Reinoso
I love the benches that Pablo Reinoso is exhibiting at the Carpenter Workshop Gallery.
Spaghetti Wall by Pablo Reinoso
Figurative sculpture by Alastair Heseltine
Filigree Spades by Cal Lane
You won't believe the beautiful sculpture Cal Lane creates out of old wheelbarrows, spades, oil drums and car parts. This site is a must!
"5 Benevolent Cans" , Plasma cut oil cans by Cal Lane
Photomontage by Tim Hawkinson
Tim Hawkinson switches from one medium to another with relative ease. He imagined a teddy bear made out of boulders. He then sourced 8 granite boulders and constructed this 180 ton teddy bear. Read the article here.
Teddy Bear by Tim Hawkinson