Monday, July 03, 2006
Before the Storm
Managed to get out yesterday (July 2) afternoon before the storm and paint at one of our local parks. I was captivated by the shadows under these trees so turned my back to the little lake that is there--even though it is quite beautiful.
Had a rather funny experience. A man came over and started to talk--the usual, "I'm an artist too". After a few minutes he excused himself to go home and bring back a piece of his work. He sculpts in black walnut wood and brought back a piece representing the state of Oregon to show me. It was lovely--about 4 or 5 feet across. He said he wanted me to know that he "wasn't a b..s..er". He has sculpted pieces representing each state and he takes them to schools, libraries, etc. and does a presentation for kids and a different one for immigrants applying for citizenship. Also working on a series of dinosaurs.
I had asked him his name before he went home and he told me it wasn't important that I know. After he came back, he asked me my name and I told him and again requested to know his. He again refused to tell me--said that "if you're at the library around Thanksgiving time, you'll know." And he left without ever telling me!