Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sketches posted in Juneau

The commercial fishermen are busy on the docks and on their boats. This fisherman told me about how a whale swam through his gill net and he was repairing it. He called it "networking." That totally cracked me up!

I'm reading Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain and in one chapter, he talks about how early scientists often had to contend with assumptions that did not match their observations. They assumed that a perfect God would create orbits that would be perfect circles. Then, they would try to manipulate the data to match their assumptions. What an idea! I've been thinking about that a lot!
In one of his bi-weekly art letters, Robert Genn talked about "Retsu Wabi-Sabi." Please click on the link and read his entire letter, it's very thoughtful and thought-provoking. I took his comments to heart and walked the town of Petersburg, AK. I walked alone and slowly and looked and saw and noticed things just for the joy of noticing. A discovery walk. I discovered a rusted metal Viking Ship welded to the top of a forgotten fence pole. What joy there is in such discoveries! I came back filled with creative energy and ideas for future work. Try it! You won't regret it!

A page from my sketchbook the day we worked our way up to South Sawyer Glacier in Tracy Arm. The sound of the ice bergs and ice pack against the boat alarmed me and I worked hard to keep all that ice away from us as we worked our slow way in. When we came to an open area, I had my sketchbook in the flybridge and drew the glacier as we floated there for about 30 minutes.
I can explain, really! Fresh water is dear on a boat, especially if you don't have a water maker. One way I conserve water is by washing my long hair every two or three days and not using a conditioner. So, unruly hair meets kelp and it's, well, it's crazy!

Although I may not get to paint every day, I always find time for sketching. Day 65 of this adventure and I have 65 days of sketches to show for it. Time to head south!

8 comments:

s. v. Indigo said...

Oh, perfect, the crazy, seldom washed hair and the kelp. That really cracked me up. You have totally earned your expeditionary badge! I am so impressed by your energy and enthusiastic response to your trip. Kelpy hair - it's a classic I won't forget!

Best,
Catherine

Celeste Bergin said...

enjoying the travel log--beautiful looking sketches and I love love love the photos too

Carole Baker said...

I'm sitting here on my son's boat in Harris Harbor in Juneau and came upon you.... any mention of Alaska on a blog is a magnet. Glad to have found you and enjoying your blog very much.
Are you still in Juneau?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Oh! Up until 2 hours ago we were in Harris, too. Our next port will be Sitka. How about you?

Ralph said...

Again I read and am amazed by what you manage to put into your blog and your life. Glad to be back reading you again

Casey Klahn said...

I wouldn't mind having the kelp hair, except for the smell...

Carrie H. said...

I have been loving the images of wild life and the sketch book pages. those doe eyed baby seals are so cute. Coming home will be a lot easier I would think but for you it will most likely seem longer the closer you get.

Nick said...

Not gonna lie. The crazy hair kind a creeped me out.