Laughing Dog Arts

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Working in the forest

Living out here in the west Coast Range mountains, we heat with wood which of course means putting up firewood every year, usually about 6 or 7 cords.  Luckily, Chain saw man loves working his chain saws, which translates to lots of firewood.
Can you spot Roscoe above?
It also means lots of chainsaws.
These are just the ones he brings along for this wood cutting session.
And other tools of the trade.  That hook looking one below is a peavey, used for turning logs over.  He likes to paint his tools red to make them easier to see in the forest duff.
This maple wood is destined to be burned in the winter of 2019-20.  
 Above is next winters wood.  Some fir.
 Some maple we pulled out of our forest last summer.
 Our mostly empty wood storage shed, ready to be filled again.  On the right side of the photo you can see more stacked maple wood.  We had a big wind storm come through a couple of years ago and it knocked down lots of big leaf maple trees.  We have been harvesting it ever since.
 This is chainsaw man's work station, where he sharpens the chains and works on saws.  Most of his saws are Stil's.
He spent yesterday cleaning up these hand tools and putting new handles on some of them.  That double bit axe at the top left is an old hand forged one.  Looks brand new after he finished with it.
As I was walking around taking pictures this morning, I heard a scratchy noise and looked over to see this Douglas squirrel.  They like to chew on old antlers.  That is a moss covered elk antler he is chewing on that I found in the forest.  Squirrels have to keep their teeth filed down because they keep growing same as a beaver's teeth do.

The sun is shining, our hay is liable to be cut any day now.  Till next time, 
Be Well.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ICAD or Index Card A Day

I'm participating in this challenge for the second year in a row.  You can check it out here: ICAD at the Daisy Yellow blog.  Here are my cards so far, not in order.




Feeding the Hummingbirds








Saturday, June 2, 2018

A Bee Loud Glade

I placed the scroll (that I showed in my previous post) in a bee loud glade in my forest.  Not sure if this is where it will stay, but it is there for now.
That little black spot in the background is my Roscoe, who was so patiently waiting along with Gunnar while I spent about an hour planting some newly dug daffodil and blue bell bulbs all over this little sunny glade.

There are a lot of Cascara trees on my property, and the bees are indeed very loud in them right now since the Cascara is flowering.  Cascara, also known as Chittum which is a politically correct reference to the fact that the chittum bark is widely used as an herbal laxative.
I hope next spring I can share a picture of this glade full of daffodils and blue bells!
The title of this post is taken from this poem.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More book making

Sharing more books I have made recently.  This first one I used lots of papers that were used behind other paintings.  I love the wide variety of abstract marks that show up on these papers and use them frequently.  Making this book was a good way to use some up.
This book now sits on my morning table and I am adding art work and mark making to it daily.  Having fun with it.

This is one of the background papers that collect paint and where I wipe off rubber stamps.
A rogues gallery

I used elastic hair ties to attach the signatures.

This next one is not a traditional book.  I suppose I ought to call it a scroll.
 Click on the pictures to read the Mary Oliver poem, Sleeping In The Forest.

 Hmmm, I don't know why the above picture has such a different color.  The one below has correct coloration.
"grappling with a luminous doom."  I love that line.
Above are pictures of the outside of the scroll.  I used coffee dyed muslin for the base, hand stitching small panels together.  Then I copied a poem by Mary Oliver titled Sleeping In The Forest on used tea bag papers and glued them to the muslin.  I've rolled the whole thing onto a knobby stick I found.
 The panels on this side correspond to the poem on the reverse side.  This is a little embroidery I created a year or so ago, I thought it would fit into this story well.  There is a little "pocket" holding seeds, beads and lichen.
 Stones on the river bed.
 "Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths among the branches of the perfect trees."  The moth painting is from a Heron Dance book.  I stitched down tiny star sequins.
 I stamped insect images on used tea bag paper and it can cover this image and owl feathers.  I glued just the top edge of it down.
Most of the images I used are from the Heron Dance book.  They are paper and I glued them down.

 I love Mary Oliver's poetry.  And I love the Heron Dance publications with most of the watercolor paintings by Rod MacIver.  The two seem to go together well.  I do not have any copyrights to these works so this scroll is purely for me.  I think I will put it in a quiet glade in my forest and see how it holds up to the elements over the years.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Making books

Since the nice weather has arrived I've switched from making quilts to making books.  Today I shall show you some of them.  Please do remember that you can click on the picture to see it larger.

 This little accordion book measures about 4 inches square.

 I decorated it mostly using some of Jane Davenport's collage napkins that I purchased at
 I also did a little acrylic painting in places.
Finally I put a spine on it using some scrim and added a few beads, sea shells and fibers. 
The second little book, constructed in the same fashion, turned out quite differently.

This one I used mainly images from some old Heron Dance booklets I bought.  Hated cutting them up but I do love all the little paintings and this is a fun way to recycle them.

Next I made a couple of tiny accordion books.

I already gave them away, I think they were about 2 inches square.
There are more but this is enough for today.  Don't want to overwhelm you with photos.  Since I only have half a dozen at most followers any more, this blog is mostly a record for myself.  I guess people don't read blogs any more.  I didn't like posting on Facebook, it felt too impersonal and I've been reading things about Facebook that I don't like.  So I'm back to blogging.  Thanks for sticking around.