spring is springen

I finished two new pieces and took them up to visit Lesley at Grow Gallery. They are both showing New England in early spring.

Last night I took a bunch of old work that could not be fixed or finished out into the back yard, and with a small amount of ceremony, burned it. I started a fire in the new fire pit (bought for the purpose, but clearly a very promising addition to the back yard) and waited for the first star to show, and then, piece by piece, said something nice about each thing, or what I’d learned, and set it on the fire. I had also acquired some packets of salts that color the flames, and I sprinkled those on the fire at the end, and invited the ghosts of old pieces to visit me now, when I have better skills and can do better by them. Alice roasted a couple of very stale marshmallows, and we waited for the International Space Station to go overhead, and then we doused the fire and were done.

I am temporarily obsessed with fish. A different piece I finished looks like this:

fifty fish

Resin fish, paint, and a lot of stitching. Can you find the stitched fish? Contra-fish….