Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day 245 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Five

 (I hope this is worded okay...I may need to go back in and edit...not thinking very straight right now.)

Sue is getting around a bit better by walking on her bad foot with it in the air cast/boot and using her crutches.  Actually, she is trying to only use one crutch in the house.  She has taken a few stairs in the upright position, too.  And she also said she tried driving the new SUV (with her husband in the car).  Today when I called to see what time she needed me, she told me that Pepper had gone in to work early and that I really didn't need to come over until just before her physical therapy appointment.  I totally get it -- I know if it was me in her place (and she was my caregiver) I'd want to be able to do things on my own as soon as I could.  And that is how things are beginning to move and change.  Still baby steps, but getting closer to doing things on her own.

So I found myself with my evening free -- which is a really good thing because I am having a very hard pain day.  Tonight the allergies started to act up, too.  I wanted to work on something though.

I need to do more thinking on the rabbit-like guy's hips/haunches, so that was going to happen tonight.  I have been feeling the crocodile-guy calling me.  I switched places with the rabbit-like guy and the croc-guy and started brainstorming on how to fill in the shapes of the tomato cage base.  I've worked with the tomato cage bases on a couple of other guys and haven't been all the way convinced of the methods.  They worked at the time, but not well enough to repeat.  I thought I was going to devise a way to use the cardboard boxes from my oatmeal -- but that didn't go too well.  I may still use them in the construction but not in the foundation stage.  I also wanted to avoid using the chicken wire if it would be at all possible...I don't like working with it and I usually get pretty well poked.  I have a roll of hardware cloth.  This is my first attempt at using it.  I like it much better (so far) than the chicken wire -- it is vinyl coated (or something) and it is easily cut and easy to bend the edges.  It feels sturdier than the chicken wire and I think I can fill the smaller holes more easily...we'll see.  I have a few ideas but I need to be a little careful around the edge of the wooden table top base because there are a few stress cracks from the screws -- but the base feels very sturdy and strong.  I am not worried about it as long as I don't put any more holes into it...at least on the edge.

I have given this a good couple of hours tonight and I think I am done for now.  I need to keep thinking about it, but right now I am feeling that a couple of wet layers of Scott paper rags covered with a couple of layers of plaster cloth will be a good foundation...something to work on.  But this is it for tonight -- I am feeling a little cross eyed and the headache is getting stronger.  Time to medicate and cold pack and elevate.

And oh yeah...I forgot to mention there is the little bit of a problem with the hardware cloth not sitting exactly flat onto the shape of the tomato cage gap...I will need to do more snipping and tightening...
but I should be able to get it to work eventually.

I think I know what to do to pull the hardware cloth tighter and loose the gap.
...but I need to NOT hammer or screw anything else into the edge...there are a few stress cracks already.
I will figure this out...it just may take a while longer.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Day 244 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Four

Man.  I have been knocked flat by allergies all day and night.  Between the thick air, the allergens, the Benadryl, feeling like I have a gigantic rubber band around my chest and ribs, and the not being able to breathe through my nose...I am totally wiped out today...it has all been a blur.  A big messy, drowsy, can't breathe deeply or through my nose kind of lost day.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Day 243 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-Three

Creatura Lupus Ursus came home from the Members Biennial Exhibition at Paint Creek Center for the Arts and I have been meaning to put it up on the wall somewhere -- I just did not want to leave it packaged up on the floor in the studio.  I needed a long wall space so I moved some things around.
This is good for now.
And yes, it did take me most of the evening and into right now (9:30ish) to think about and layer papers to this collage.  I have been wanting/needing to do something to further Biteyou's progress.  I had about ten papers I was working with and then I narrowed it down to four, then three, then the two I ended up with.  The end result is nothing like what I originally had in mind, but I have a few other ideas now.  If I really hate it when it is dry I can always cover over it...but I like it right now.

Trying out a paper...taped on.
Getting ready to start.
I narrowed it down to these three...the heavier ones with the ridges/lines was just too light or distracting or something.
Very wet dark green/gray/brown with inclusions over a medium purple of the same kind of paper.  I am not at all a purple fan but I like how this looks.
It looks better in person.
Drying for a bit before I move it back into the studio.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day 242 - 365/2014 (updated)

Day Two Hundred Forty-Two

Wow.  It has been quite a while since I have worked on the plaster cloth rabbitish-guy.  Here are some progress/process photos of today's multiple work sessions. 
One -- coming up with the hands construction.  I had to resort to holding up my own hand to see which direction I needed to go with and where the thumbs went.  This session was probably the longest -- a couple of hours +.  It took a while to determine the size, the materials and how to anchor them with a wrist/forearm.  I wanted (needed to) work on both hands in the same sitting so that I could keep them as even as possible.  I also needed to do it in one session so that I could remember how I did it.  As it was, the second hand was made in a slightly different way but with the same parts as the first one.
The rabbitish-guy "before".
The sketch I made a while back.
Using my own hand to make sure I put the thumbs in the correct place...and to get a basic shape to build the fingers on.
Keeping in mind that these are not human hands, they didn't turn out too bad.
Making sure I left room for layers of plaster cloth to go on the wrist/forearms.
The parts for hand assembly number two.
Securing the fingers and thumbs more securely in place.
Adding some pads/shapes to the palm areas.
Hand number one -- I tried to pre-shape the fingers into more of a "gona getcha" pose.
Yeah...not too bad.

Two -- after taking a short break I came back in to try to see if the wrists would fit with some Scott paper rags to hold them in place...just to see if I was getting the hang of the bends in the fingers and positioning in the sleeves.  This actually took a bit of time, too.

Three -- after a break to feed the cats and sit in my recliner for a short while, I came back in to put the first layers of plaster cloth over the hips/haunches area and try to get some shape overall, including underneath the plaque at the bottom of the torso.  This included a bit of shaping and holding the plaster cloth in place for a bit so it could start to set up.  I probably should have crammed more of the wet plaster cloth into the Scott paper rags inside of the plastic cups (under the masking tape) but I think it will be fine...I tightened and shaped the outside as I worked.  This area will still need quite a bit of layering of plaster cloth.
The area to be worked on "before".
The area "after".
Another view.  I know it looks pretty odd right now but I have an idea for this.  It will be something in between hips and haunches, but I want it to be less haunchy/animaly and more hippy/humanish.
Four -- the final session for tonight.  I covered the hands with a light layer of plaster cloth and tried to keep the bends in the fingers.  I didn't want the hand to become too bulky (as they have in the past in other projects) so I want them to firm up a bit before I add the next layers.  I will need to keep the very ends of the forearms fairy wet and slippery and also prepare the inside of the sleeves with one thin wet layer so that they join well.
The hands, drying.
I have been trying to think of a shape or form I could use to work plaster cloth over for the transition from waist to haunches/hips...I think I found something that will work (I can always pull it all back off later)...I cut a cream cheese container in half and cut the rim off, too.
Secured pretty well...at least it is a start...this still needs a lot of thought and work.
Another view.  I am also trying to think of how the clothing can be built on to cover up the odd shapes.
Okay!  Enough for one day.  Man...I forgot how much reaching and stretching this work takes...I may be achy for the next couple of days...LOL.

Day 241 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Forty-One

Damn.  I missed a day again. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Day 240 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Forty

Today was a semi-regular Thursday with Sue...we went to the barn so she could refill her horse's supplement containers, we went to the grocery store...then came home.

I made a sort of a mini salad bar and we chose what items we wanted in our chopped salads and they were delicious.  Sue is still on crutches so she instructed me on the making of her salad.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Day 239 - 365/2014

Day Two Hundred Thirty-Nine

I am reserving this blog spot time because I just got home from restocking the Art-o-mat machine at LIFT but I have to run back out to do my "shift" at Sue's house.  I will update this post after I get home tonight (probably after midnight).

non-update (Thursday just before midnight):  I have a couple of photos for this post but I am not quite ready to update yet as a few things may have changed slightly...stay tuned.
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