August 16, 2007
Which Way Is Up?
Remember how I blogged about abstracted landscapes and how my reps were 'clamoring' for more? Okay... so I included a couple in a recent haul to NOLA. When she saw the tall, skinny 'Heights' what is her immediate reaction? "Can it be hung horizontally as well?" Umm... not as a landscape, but sure, it's abstract enough to go whichever. Granted, I'm well known for wiring my works in multiple configurations... guess I need to check for compositional balance when these newer landscapes are turned sideways. The above options don't feel right to my eye, but then I'm it's creator/mom and see it as upright. (Stand up, you lazy slouch!) The well behaved version can be seen a few posts back... scroll down if these make you dizzy.
I had four g-kids with me (ages 8-12, blended family) when I delivered the five paintings... gave each kid one to carry in while I struggled to dislodge the above 60" painting from the interior of the van. So I didn't see the look on my reps face as the back doorbell rang and in marched the four kids delivering. But she was very complimentary of my use of child labor. Gotta say, this age group is sure a lot easier to manipulate than the earlier years. When they get a little older they'll be hard to find when you need them, but right now they can actually do things for you, are anxious to please and really respond to praise and appreciation. I can deal with that!
Really enjoyed all the kid-kompany the past few weeks... wish I'd had more time to make tracks around NOLA but man it's been hot... both here and there. Setting records here for something like ten triple digit days and forever without rain... at least the grass was green down there. I came back to dead and dying favorite plants. Our landscaping mainstay is mostly English ivy (at both houses) and lots of it is giving up the ghost. Dogwoods are stressed and will probably lose many. The roadside landscape hints at fall color and it ain't fall! Well, there are worse scenarios I guess... I'm not a farmer.