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.
As it is the end of the year, most of the news is either fluff or “best/worst of 2018” stories, and none of those are worth sharing. The rest is just too depressing, so I have once again saved no links this week. As seems to be typical of break weeks, the only thing I have is the Art School Post Index, so you can see these stories in order if you want to. Sorry.
Art School Posts — The Index
This is an index to all my art school (and other) posts here on Medium, so that anyone wandering into this mess can…
I have just one picture in the past week, taken through a bus window on the way into town. This is zoomed way in, which explains the pixelation:
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…
There’s a way to contact me on my website, and over the years I have received a number of requests to help with repairing broken sculptures. In a few cases I did the work, but if the piece was at all important for some reason, I turned it down. The reason it pretty simple: I am not trained as a conservator. There are, undoubtedly, a lot of things I do not know about repairing stone works of art.
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!