Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Hicory Handled Hatchet

Been awhile... I haven't had much to post lately. My time has been spent trying to experience more real, tangible things - like the smell of burning juniper wood, getting my boots dusty, or the satisfactory feel of chopping wood for the campfire with a hickory-handled hatchet in my hand (recent flea-market score pictured above).

In the studio I'm finishing up a commission. A smoother weave of canvas and more fluid Golden-brand "Open" acrylics have yielded a nice velvety surface to these recent works - something I enjoy immensely when topped by a smooth satin varnish. My afternoons between classes have been spent taking short hikes in the foothills or walking down to the art museum and library in downtown Denver. Of course walking isn't the most efficient form of transportation, but I tend to agree with Edward Abbey when he says,
"There are some good things to be said about walking. Not many, but some. Walking takes longer, for example, than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed. I have a friend who's always in a hurry; he never gets anywhere. Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have time to observe the details. The utopian technologists foresee a future for us in which distance is annihilated and anyone can transport himself anywhere, instantly. Big deal, Buckminster. To be everywhere at once is to be nowhere forever, if you ask me."
One could easily also compare the internet to being "everywhere at once" and "nowhere forever"- so I'm trying to be more present, and to slow down. The internet seems increasingly trivial.

All the best to everyone out there checking in at "minutiae",


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