Today’s newsletter is going to be a little bit of everything!Â Kinda like the weather lately, which has been its usual late winter chain of snow, ice, melt, more snow, thunderstorm, augh, please just let it be spring already??Â I’m down to 5 bags of wood pellets that I will be milking until spring on the hopes that the weather gets warm enough to not need them… much.
Winter is perfect for making pieces like these, which rely on cutwork and simple textures rather than leaves.Â This larger piece was the inspiration for these smaller landscapes, which I made in a variety of colors (and I’m quite fond of as a set).Â They feel like spring to me, with their tiny blooms popping up here and there… I think I was subconsciously inspired by the crocuses that pop up all over my yard during the first warm spell.Â (For more info on any of the above pieces, just click on the image)
The One That Got Away
In other news, I’m going to share something I normally wouldn’t — a project I didn’t get. Â Because I’ve never been so flattered to not get a gig as I was this week.Â I was contacted by a company up in Vancouver that is opening a copper mine in Chile, and was looking for corporate artwork to be given to the people who made it possible.Â As in, the Canadian delegates– and the president of Chile.Â Now, you already know the ending… my work was not chosen (they decided on a sculptor from Chile instead), but when you get asked to design something for the president of a country it is hard to not end up with a little grin on your face, even if your wallet doesn’t get the excitement.Â As it was, it was still a great connection to make, and may certainly lead to something cool in the future :)
And last but not least, a treat for the locals: I am proud to introduce the one and only new food writer for Cool Cleveland!!Â Long time readers will recognize him as the love of my life, and now he is also the penmanship behind “Cool Cuisine”.Â I keep joking that pretty soon we won’t be able to walk down the street without being asked “hey, aren’t you the guy in that thing?”.Â Truth is it’s only half a joke, as last time we went out to a restaurant there was a resounding “Hi Alan!!” from the owners as we walked in the door, and next thing we knew the drinks were free.Â I have been picking up on the lingo, like did you know “86” is code for “ran out”?Â As in, “Key Lime Pie, 86.”Â This comes in handy only when trying to sound cool, or telling your teenage daughter she does not know everything.Â You can catch the first installment here.
Until next time, have a lovely week ~ I’m 86!