Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Above is a detail of Quartz Destination below. I planted a variety of ajuga ground cover all around it.

The image above is a detail of the sculpture below called Summer Tower 1. It was just bought to be situated in a garden. The garden designer Kathrine Neville selected it for a roof top garden on the new Science Center in Hartford, CT. The building was designed by Cezar Peli. It opened this May. I'm going Wednesday to begin installing. Those honey dipper like things dangle in the breeze. Hartford is really the windiest city and they will be dangling alot.
Summer Tower 1
11' 8" x 14x15

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Some days of dryish weather to paint this sculpture called Quartz Destination. There is much more to do yet but the green glow is more than I was asking of that paint!

Monday, August 17, 2009

A little conversation on the left
about the second flush of Shiitake. Those two on the left were beautiful and delicious.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Things are made in pieces

In 1992 I found these words below and can't remember where there from but have refered to them often.
The Temple belonging to the Jodo Shinshu (True Pure Land) Buddhist sect,had been destroyed by American bombers during World War II, and Kiyotani's father, also a monk, had reconstructed the building. Kiyotani was to restore the artistic features. "He was very relaxed about the prospect," says Bartlett.(Jennifer Bartlett is an artist)
Bartlett went to meet the monk and see the temple. Then she traveled all over Japan looking at ceilings. "what if you don't like it ?" she asked Kiyotani. "Everything new looks strange for the first 200 years," he responded,"and then it looks fine."

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Quartz Night has solar lights in the roof that illuminate it in a mysterious way but so far it is challenging to photograph. So here it is under flash.
So much that appeares solid and permanent also looks as though it
is in motion and only passing through. Maybe it's me.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Quartz Night is the first of a series that will make up a village. They're creatures of habitation. They are hidden some what in tall grasses. There is a path that brings a person physically closer to them. I don't know how many more there will be but this one is calling for company. There is a large quartz bolder at the bottom and a vein of quartz pebbles that drift from the bolder to the top. The roof is made of galvanized sheet steel and the entire steel structure is painted aluminium.

Friday, July 17, 2009

This is very satisfying for me to see. What a birthday cake!!! This was taken yesterday and now many of the shiitake are on a drying rack which is shown above the cake. It's known that dried upside down in the sun increases the health benefits dramatically. How much exactly? Very dramatically........

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Shiitake wow I finally am growing them. Rita got me the plugs for my birthday and they arived . The logs we found cut on the side of the road last winter ready for the chipper. I knew enough to grab them early as they need to dry out a bit. That was feburary and it's June now . The logs are ready and I drilled holes in them acording to the instructions that arived with the "plug spawn" , ohoo all these new terms. This link is where mine came from, www.fungi.com also
you'l need cheese wax at www.cheesemaking.com and proably other sources.

Next the cheese wax gets dbl.boiler melted to pour or as I did dribble with a paintbrush over the spaun plugs and the ends of the logs. this keeps competing fungi from the shiitake and keeps moisture in.
The image above is of the logs in a shady, moist and foliage over top kind of place.
Who knows if it will work but you can't successfully fail if you dont try! Now I just have to foreget all about them for 6-9 months unless it becomes dry and they'l need a sprinkle of water.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Roof Top Garden is out side for the first time. It is not finished allthough the rough form is here. It will be part of a group of others like it. They'l be positioned in another area of the garden with different types of grasses growing around them and a path to be able to visit each one. There is more too but that will have to come as a supprise and in an image only.
We (most of us) live with a roof over our heads. I also like the way alpaka's interact. These are two of the motivations for The Roof Top Garden .

Friday, May 1, 2009

One very fun thing I like to do is make believe I'm some where else while sitting at a table with ink, brush, paper and water. Adding Japan, mountains,agriculture,homes and great views equals this. A new place to visit.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Roofusbe contenti

Thinking about the real estate of things and the parts that are good about it I'm content to recognise the simlper aspects are the better ones.
These drawings have started to become sculpture. I'll enter an image soon as it becomes presentable. A big umbrella is wonderfull in the pouring rain.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Black Earth

Googling bio-char will describe better than I can the benefits of this practice. In the middle of the vegetable garden I put a barrel of steel with a lid that has a hole in the middle. All the debris from last years growth gets burned in it. The charcoal gets spread over the garden beds and dug in. When there is a lot of hot coals in the barrel
the lid goes on. The barrel has a few holes around the sides that at this point get plugged up with some loose fitting bolts.
Now it simmer burns into a pile of charcoal. When it cools down a bit I take the lid off and add snow to stop it or water. In the morning the charcoal gets spread on the beds. It's fun too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Fininancial Crisis

My sister Sarah made this long ago and it has
writen all over it!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Yesterday Rita and I had lunch with an old but young friend in Norwich, CT. Mushroom soup and asparagus mixed with conversation of a religious order. Catholic schools , artists, a nun beating a young girl for wearing her hair in bangs . The young girl then tore off the nuns habit in retaliation never to return to the school again. Rulers as weapons, festering wounded saints being resurrected with shovels and coming out smelling of roses. More delicious mushroom soup and for desert, tea with round weight less host like wafers made from almonds and egg white. Water ,air and blood seemed to rule the day mixed with the most famous ingredient of all LAUGHTER!!!! which leads me to......

The day before yesterday I was cleaning piles of drawings/art from 1968-80 or so and found this quote: "Seriousness seeks to exclude play, where as play can very well include seriousness." If any one knows who said this I'd love to give just attribution. Which leads me to the sumi drawing above OH GOD!! that I made of a character poking fun at GOD while in a dangerous balancing act of absurdity at that. I hope you've been entertained but now this nut has to go find a squirrel.

Temple detail

Here is one of the temples. All seventeen are very united in the look.
Their about two feet tall and will add a smoking quality to the circle.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The above and below in the snow that is no longer there as of a week ago is how the sculpture is coming along. The snow does most of the light catching that other wise would be hard to see. Speaking of that it will be painted a dull green of some kind to slow down the awareness of it all and make the experience a gradual, slower one. There are temples of sorts ( I'll put an image on the blog) with antenna that go in the center of each of those horizontal circles. The circles will be ringed with quartz as well as the central platform in each circle. Then that sphere of concrete in the previous entries will go skirting around the central stone. There will be inclining platforms too that help the quartz get from the ground up to the "Destination". If you look strait down on the whole thing it's a figure eight; a blobby teardrop strait on. It's far from all those nude Indians laying around in their sun but I see the feel is there.