I really need to get to work and should try to make some much-needed moola.  I have a zillion ideas.  If you follow my work you know I like to work in series because there is always so much to explore when I open my heart, engage my curiosity and dive into a theme.  When I adventure or create, I most often love the MAJOR expeditions.  But major expeditions take a large focused commitment of time and resources.  I am currently short on both as the intensity of my mother’s care takes major portions of my time and resources.  So I find myself settling for more simple quickie excursions – both inside and outside my studio.  I must be patient and wait for the correct time to launch another major series.

I found myself alone in the studio with a blank skateboard deck.  Many local artists have been given a blank deck to decorate to raise funds for the local skateboard park.  I was never any good at skateboarding myself – but I find it encouraging when youth and adults alike are motivated outside to play. 

The carved trout certainly had potential...

The carved trout certainly had potential…

hmmm...think perhaps I will use some carved wood scraps...

hmmm…think perhaps I will use some carved wood scraps…

I found myself playing with a box of scrap woodcarving leftover from earlier bronze vessel projects (the carved wood vessels are sacrificed into several pieces during the mold-making process).  The carved trout would have been a crowd pleaser in this fly fishing community.  Of course I want the project to bring in good money for McNair Skatepark but I felt myself more drawn to the carved leaves and my desire to paint a bunny…