Break Week 3 — The End

This is the last week of the break. Next Wednesday classes start up again. I find it rather amusing that classes start on Jan 2, but that’s the way they do things at Langara College. I’ve heard that one instructor has already decided her class is not meeting on Jan 2, however. Instead she’s waiting a week and extending the class a week at the end. Apparently it is pointless to have students start so soon after New Years.

Still, I’ll be there with bells on. The 3D aboriginal carving class starts that day, and sculpture the day after, so I’ll be getting to work right away, with design starting on Tuesday of the following week.

This week, as I am sure you know, was the “holiday thing.” We ate too much, drank too much, and saw friends. It was lovely, and it has been a nice break, but I am glad it is coming to an end. I need to get back to a rhythm, and to start working on art again. It’s also seems to be the case that my sleeping pattern is getting weird. I’m turning into a vampire, sleeping in later and later. That’s no good. I need to get back to the usual thing: facing the morning with a cup of coffee and bleary eyes as I try to figure out what time the bus arrives to take me off to school. Tuesday morning that familiar sequence returns, I guess, though all my classes are in the afternoons this semester. Once things are moving along I will definitely be there in the mornings, though, to have studio time.



An Ill-Conceived Logo

If I was the Sherwin Williams Paint company, I would definitely be reconsidering my logo and corporate slogan. There is nothing friendly or environmentally nice about this, and I am not at all clear on how they managed to pick it in the first place, even back around 1900. Apparently I am not the only one to think it’s awful.

And In Conclusion…

Today, the link below came through my news feed. It shows a trained conservator repairing a painting. I know, it’s not about stone, so how useful can it be? Well, watch it and see. How many different processes does he use that you’ve never even heard of? How many solvents does he use (without actually naming them) that are not readily available at your local hardware store? And so on. Training and the right materials are absolutely key to what he does.

I’m sure it’s the same for stone repair, so this only reinforces my decision not to repair anything of value or significance.

Beyond that, the process is fascinating, and the results are impressive. It’s an interesting thing to see done. Enjoy!

Sculptor/Artist. Former programmer. Former volunteer firefighter. Former fencer. Weirdest resume on the planet, I suspect.

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