Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A new idea and direction.....



I have been pondering a new direction for a a while now and am determined to work it out this winter. The beginning of it all begins in the pile of wood in the picture above. On my long drive home from Alabama yesterday I had PLENTY of time to work the details out. I will start trying some of the ideas out over the next few weeks.

The beginning of the process is entirely out of my hands and fascinates me to no end. Every time a piece of veneer would drop the crowd would form and watch a few minutes and then drift off to somewhere else. I on the other hand stayed to see the process from start to finish the first time I saw it a few years ago. The only thought I had going through my mind every time a section would drop to the ground was about the painting that would eventually form on these sections of wood. Well, that was three years ago and the wood has sat. This year we went back out for the day but arrived to late to get many really good pieces. We had planned on filling the van up. Fortunately, I do have enough currently to get a nice collection of work going.

4 comments:

Heather Haymart said...

This sounds so exciting! I can't wait to see what you dome up with!

Jeane Vogel said...

A new direction is liberating and terrifying, isn't it? I'm intrigued and eager to see your new vision!

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

Sharon! Seeing this picture brings tears to my eyes. Here's why: My grandfather, my dad's dad, used to sell wood to black folks in rural Virginia, back when they weren't allowed to buy even life sustaining staples from white stores. My father told me that my granddad got the wood from a local wood-cutting company that would discard the scraps, or sell them to my granddad for pennies. That wood my granddad sold to the people in his community kept them warm, cooked their food, etc. My dad, who helped my granddad, explained this process to me many times, but I've never actually SEEN it. How amazing, then, to come to your blog and see this process, and know that you're planning on using those scraps to create (and, of course, help sustain your family--much like my granddad did over a half century ago). Thank you for the beautiful post... it touched me more than you could ever know. I can't wait to see the art you create with that wood!

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