Monday, May 9, 2011
Taking A Breath
My project on Saturday was in the front driveway where I am building a little rock wall at the edge of my driveway to contain a little edge of garden along the fence line. With the changes of elevation on the property, it all begins to slope down toward the street to the west so it makes for some very interesting challenges. Many years ago before I owned this property and worked for Gilbert, I planted a bank of virginia creeper along the fence line, which was mostly over grown with weeds. Then a couple of years ago, most of it was ripped out by the heavy equipment doing construction of the new studio, but right next to the fence these old creepers survived. Last year I began to cultivate them again and they flourished and created a beautiful summer hedge of big green leaves. So it’s the base of these I am trying to protect with the little rock wall so I can better feed and nurture them. The valley we live was once known as Glacial Lake Missoula, a massive lake at one time, so the ground is fertile and filled with large beautiful river rocks. Everywhere I dig I run into these rocks and so it is these rocks that have become a major part of my landscaping elements. I toiled all day digging and placing these rocks in to my wall formations, many of them too big to almost move by myself.
So what does this have to do with Naked Men? Nothing. Like I said it was a day off. Today is another day of rain, but somehow getting outside this past weekend and toiling has recharged me. It feels like I am finally caught up and spent all morning trying to reconnect with the people I have lost touch with over the past month. It’s time to get back into the studio and work on naked men. Being outside has brought me back to my center and am now inspired to create some new projects. This is the time of the year when I can garden in the mornings and photograph all afternoon. It’s a perfect balance of perfection.
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