Solstices/Equinoxes: Work-In-Progress

Solstices/Equinoxes: Work-In-Progress

Solstices/EquinoxesWork-In-Progress Spring Equinox Solstices/Equinoxes: Spring Equinox, 40 in. x 77 in., Oil on 3 wood panels, 2016 Solstices/Equinoxes Project Overview These are the main questions that I posed for this project: How do the colors of the creek change throughout a day? How does the colors of the creek change over the year? Procedure at the creek On the solstices and equinoxes of one year, I spent the entire day from before sunrise to after sunset at the gauging station of Watershed 2 at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Beginning precisely at sunrise, I took a photo of the creek... Read More
Empathy

Empathy

Empathy Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Empathy Part 5: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Sitting at Watershed 2 Sit in the forest for a day with no agenda. Swim naked in the creek. Sleep under the stars. The only thing that is required is that you pay attention. Take yourself out of your head: It might take a few days. Stay. Speak little, or not at all. Stay until you feel at ease with the silence. Stay until you hear the rustle of something small... Read More
Faith

Faith

Faith Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Faith Part 4: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Lookout Creek on the Winter Solstice I don’t have faith in many things at the moment. This year, so far, has been one of those years to shake most of it out of me. However, I do have faith in one thing. It has never failed me, not even once. I trust that the world is beautiful (although I still haven’t been able to figure out why it is so). My artwork depends on it.... Read More
Wonder – Why is the world so beautiful?

Wonder – Why is the world so beautiful?

Wonder Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson An Open Letter to Robin Wall Kimmerer Why is the World So Beautiful? Wonder An Open Letter to Robin Wall Kimmerer: Why is the world so beautiful? Part 3: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Penguin Crossing Dear Robin Wall Kimmerer, At the end of his presentation at the Arts/Sciences Convergences at OSU introduction, poet and writer Charles Goodrich asked this question on your behalf: Why is the world so... Read More
Eye Surgery Haiku

Eye Surgery Haiku

Eye Surgery Haiku Eye Surgery Haiku primary art tool an angry Frankenstein sewn: eye surgery eyelid swollen shut paintbrush can’t find the surface colors become gray eye is open now and the world appears vivid two eyes in concert Older Post: ← Story Newer Post: Wonder - Why is the world so beautiful?... Read More
Story

Story

Story Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson And Notes for the Art Science Convergences at OSU Panel Discussion Story Part 2: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Ambient: October 11, 2014, Between 10:55 AM and 3:42 PM; Watershed 1, Lookout Creek & Watershed 3 Oil on 6 Wood Panels, 25 1/2 in. x 112 in.     Telling you what I do is fairly easy: I make abstract paintings that show chromatic changes in the environment that we can’t easily see or track with... Read More
Patience

Patience

Patience Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Patience Part 1: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson 200 Year Log Decomposition Study Patience is at the essence of the log decomposition study at HJ Andrews. Mark Harmon began the study of forest ‘morticulture’ at the Andrews about 30 years ago. It is designed to continue for 200 years. How patient must one be to wait to know that the answer that you are seeking will not be found during your own lifetime?... Read More
Silence

Silence

Silence    “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” Elbert Hubbard Silence has been on my mind lately, especially when I am in my studio painting. Without silence there is no music, no prose, no composition. It is only through silence and emptiness that form can emerge. Recently I went to the symphony and I paid careful attention to the silences. They are between the notes, they separate the movements, and they mark the end of a piece. The silence that occurs between the last note, and the first cough and shuffle from the... Read More
Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail Published in the Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Exhibition Catalog, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR, January 2016 " Discovery Trail A lacquered tree round adorned with an image of a salamander marks the beginning of the Discovery Trail located at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest headquarters. The trail wanders through old growth forest and leads to Lookout Creek. Along the trail you will find no signs or kiosks designating an area or object as particularly “discover worthy.” There is an invitation at the trailhead to discover, but it does not dictate what that discovery... Read More
The End to Adventures in Unemployment – The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment

The End to Adventures in Unemployment – The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment

The End to Adventures in Unemployment – The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment The End to Adventures in Unemployment The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment Recently I’ve learned a few things about the way that I think about money and jobs. I learned that if I have a day job that gives me no pleasure, doesn’t value my skills, and gives me a small wage for showing up every day, and I lose that job, then I am labeled ‘Unemployed’. When you are labeled unemployed, there are certain things that need to be done to fulfill the obligations of one who has joined those ranks.... Read More
Art/Science Convergences at OSU

Art/Science Convergences at OSU

Art/Science Convergences at OSU The Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University Presents Art/Science Convergences at OSU Dates:  Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Address: Oregon State University, Memorial Union Journey Room Older Post: ← Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR Newer Post: The End to Adventures in Unemployment - The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment... Read More
Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR The World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon Dates:  March 10, 2016 – May 1, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Address: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97222 Phone: (503) 228-1367 Hours: Current Winter Hours: 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Open Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Older Post: ← EXHIBITION - Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR Newer Post: Art/Science Convergences at OSU... Read More
Rot Work In Progress – Final Layer

Rot Work In Progress – Final Layer

Work In Progress: ROT Final LayerJanuary 5, 2016 Work In Progress: ROT Final Layer January 5, 2016 The final layer is completed. It’s an odd feeling. I’ve have spent so much time with this project over the past 6 months. As much as I was happily anticipating finishing, I was unprepared to finish gluing the last piece and not moving directly into cutting another layer. I am going to miss the process of   working through this piece. At times it has been tedious, frustrating, maddening, meditative and deeply satisfying. However it is not yet complete. This Sunday I will hang it in... Read More
Progress Report – Rot Midpoint Layer 6

Progress Report – Rot Midpoint Layer 6

Work In Progress: ROT Midpoint Layer 6October 25, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 6 (midpoint) October 25, 2015 Layer 6 is still in progress. The paper has not been painted and in some places is not fixed to the piece. Layer 6 in its unfinished form contrasts with the earlier layers to more easily show the building of the layers of the piece. Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide space for it to safely fail, to have the freedom to... Read More
Corvallis Science Pub

Corvallis Science Pub

Rot at the Corvallis Science Pub November 9, 2015 6:00PM – 7:30PM We’ll be infusing art into the science pub! Come have a beer with me, ecologist Mark Harmon and artists Andries Fourier Bob Keefer and David Paul Bayles. We may value forests most for timber, wildlife and scenic beauty, but the real treasure may lie largely hidden in the soil. It’s there among the insects, fungi and other ground-dwelling organisms that tree growth is fostered and maintained through the rot and recycling of dead trees. Speakers at the November 9 Corvallis Science Pub will combine the science of tree... Read More
Rot In Progress Layer 5

Rot In Progress Layer 5

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 5October 11, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 5 October 11, 2015 Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide space for it to safely fail, to have the freedom to hit a dead end and make a U-turn. Already this piece has hit many dead ends. Many iterations died before anything was ever manifested. But, I make an exception for the ROT exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis. I agreed to blog about it. Waiting... Read More
Rot In Progress Layer 4

Rot In Progress Layer 4

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 4September 26, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 4 September 26, 2015 The project has developed its own rhythm. I learn as I go. Each layer becomes more delicate and I hope that my skills with the blade increase with each layer’s intricacies. Image below: Layer 4 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in.   Progression of the Work in Progress Untitled Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-1Work In Progress: Base Layer Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-2Work In Progress: Base Layer with Gouache Rot-Work-In-Progress-Layer-2Work In Progress:... Read More
Rot Layer 3

Rot Layer 3

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 3September 7, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 3 September 7, 2015 The project has developed its own rhythm. I learn as I go. Each layer becomes more delicate and I hope that my skills with the blade increase with each layer’s intricacies. Image below: Layer 3 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in.   Progression of the Work in Progress Untitled Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-1Work In Progress: Base Layer Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-2Work In Progress: Base Layer with Gouache Rot-Work-In-Progress-Layer-2Work In Progress:... Read More
Rot Work in Progress: Layer 2

Rot Work in Progress: Layer 2

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 2August 29, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 2 August 29, 2015 I’ve reached the stage where I feel that this project is too insane. My hands and back hurt hurt and the process seems to be an endless tedious Sisyphean task that will produce nothing but a piece of crap. Oh, yes, I’m familiar with this part of the creative process. The only thing to do at this stage is to keep on going. It will evolve into something new tomorrow, next week or next month. Image below: Layer 2 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in. The map pins are gone. I couldn’t glue... Read More
Work in Progress: ROT August 15

Work in Progress: ROT August 15

Work In Progress: ROTAugust 15, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT August 15, 2015 Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide space for it to safely fail, to have the freedom to hit a dead end and make a U-turn. Already this piece has hit many dead ends. Many iterations died before anything was ever manifested. But, I make an exception for the ROT exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis. I agreed to blog about it. Waiting until... Read More
Rot on the 4th of July

Rot on the 4th of July

Rot on the 4th of JulyHJ Andrews Experimental Forest Rot on the 4th of July Over the 4th of July weekend I went to HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Search of rot (liver-er trees). This is a selection of what I found. Rot-July-4-Leah-WilsonBrown rot Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-14Elegant Fungus Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-2Toupe? Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-3Deep in a logjam in Lookout Creek Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-5 Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-10Lookout Creek logjam Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-9Lookout Creek logjam Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-4The tree doesn’t lose its grasp after it falls Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-8... Read More
HJA Day 2015

HJA Day 2015

HJA Day 2015June 25, 2015 Decomposition & Composition: Writing and Reflection Inspired by Long-Term Research This time at the log decomposition site I was there not to write, but to see if I could figure out what to paint for ROT, opening in January 2016 at the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon. I have been to this site many times, mostly by myself, sometimes with one other, but never with a group, and never with Mark Harmon. This is Mark Harmon’s PLACE. This year he is conducting the thirty year mark of research and observation here. It was a privilege to be shown various types of... Read More
Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

HJA Day 2015June 20, 2015 Images From the Summer Solstice Photo Shoot Solstices/Equinoxes Project: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Project June 20, 2015 from 5:25 AM to 8: 55PM The setup: Every 10 minutes from sunup from sundown we captured two images of the white rock in Watershed 2 and the surrounding creek. One of the two images included the color checker to enable me to calibrate every image to the proper color balance. Unlike previous sessions, Tim devised a simple, yet effective way to get the color checker as close to the rock as possible using a hiking stick and a medium metal clip.... Read More

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