Monday, March 31, 2014

Back Roads and Zip Ties, OH My!

Daisy like to be the Co-Pilot

Saturday, Daisy, Dad and I had an unintended big adventure. We drove through intermittent heavy down pours to pick up my artwork from the month long show at the Bowen Gallery in Dawsonville. From the gallery in the center of town we took many different back roads that Google had shown as an easy 16 mile route  to get to Cumming, south of Dawsonville. I planned to see an art show that some of my fellow artist are in. Well, it turned into quite an adventure with often zero visibility and no road signs, needles to say I got lost. At one point I thought I was going to just be lost all day driving around on small country roads in the rain. If it had been sunny it would have been a pleasant drive I’m sure. The GPS decided to go with lost signal most of the time.  Roads would just dead end and I would have to choose left or right, which I never had a clue which to chose. After what felt like hours, really only 15 or 20 minutes we came into a suburban housing area so I figure that signs of a town would soon follow, which finally they did. In fact we did land in the middle of Cumming. Then as luck would have it the GPS decided to have a signal and give us directions to the gallery. The show was interesting and much larger than I expected. There was one piece that really fascinated me and it was fun to see my friends paintings.
Cumming Art show
Now there is something we don’t really think about much they seem very ordinary zip-ties or cable ties. Bet you didn’t know that they were first invented by Maurus C. Logan while working at Thomas & Bett, an electrical company, in 1958 under the brand name Ty-Rap. Initially they were designed for airplane wire harnesses.  Over the years they have become very popular with many uses, but I bet you never thought of making a woven sculpture. Yesterday, at the art show in Cumming I saw this sculpture. At first I thought it was all made out of traditional weaving materials and then I realize it was not.

Zip-Tie Sculpture

The other week I witnessed a far less inspiring use of zip-ties by the State Troopers as they arrested some of the demonstrators in the state capital using zip-ties for hand cuffs.  Have you found any really interesting or different uses for zip-ties?
This week I’m looking forward to the Piedmont College Alumni Art Exhibit. I have a couple of paintings in this show. The best news after taking a creative sabbatical, I have returned to painting. Stay turned for postings of my new works.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring at Last

Well the other day was the first day of spring and it looks like we are starting to enjoy milder weather at long last, at least for the moment. Many things are in bloom now which is a delight for the eyes. I was thinking how last spring I missed this display of color, I was living in Baja getting ready for our return.  Last spring dad went in the hospital and Patches was a happy seemly healthy doggie. I would have never imaged that Patches had only a few more months to live. I would like to say dad on the other hand is doing great, but he is not, his aging heart is not giving him the quality of life he once had. For now he is hanging in there.  This month my church has a Sunday sermon theme of grief.  A subject we don’t often talk about because it is hard to talk about. Yet is part living and we all handle it in different ways. It is often a subject in movies, though and last night I watched a very different take on the subject in the movie "Cloud Bust” staring Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker as an aging lesbian couple facing many issues of aging with grace, humor and determination.

On a happier note, with spring comes renewal, which has special meaning to me this year. Every morning I wake up feeling joy filled with my new heart valve working as it should now allowing me new freedoms. So, I have a “renewed” live….kind of cool. Then there is the new doggie, Daisy, who is very sweet, she has a tail wag for everyone and is such a joy to have around. She is like the laughing Buddha, (the supreme symbol of joy and well being and vision of happiness). Daisy is a wonderful reminder for me to be in the moment with light heartiness.  Spring is also the time for planting. I think about making a veggie garden every year and have tried it a couple of times, but I don’t seem to have a green thumb…only green with dabs of paint on it. In the past I’ve had life partners who were great at gardening. I did really enjoy the fruits of their labors. I guess I will enjoy the produce from the farmers market again this year. Then there are the seeds we plant in our efforts to see justice or make changes in our lives. These are the kind of seeds I’m far more comfortable in planting.

This past week I participated in a political action/demonstration at the Georgia State Capital. When I came home my dad asks me if we did any good. I said yes, we may not have changed lawmakers’ minds, but at least they have to know that there are citizens with another point of view. This is supposed to be a government by the people and for the people, not everyone has the same thoughts. If we don’t speak up then it is assumed that we are all in agreement. So, what seeds are you planting this spring?
Spring Color

UU's at the State Capital