Five Questions Friday: Hold the Fish

Q: While you are away in North Carolina I decided to give Chance a haircut in your workshop. Look at this pic I quickly snapped… Coco Kitty kept playing with his foot! They’re going to be great friends, don’t you think?
Eric: Uh, Uh, Yeah, I guess. But from my experience, no cat is afraid of Chance.
(You do have a point…)

Q: You think that will ever happen with Jaxson?
Eric: Uh, no. No. Nope.

Q: BTW, Chance didn’t like laying on the wood floor in your workshop for some reason and kept moving onto your rug. So there’s sort of a lot of hair scattered around. I know how much you love picking up all his clipped fur so should I leave it until you get back? I wouldn’t want to deprive you of this enjoyment…
Eric: Heck no! Sweep that up and vacuum that rug. I don’t want his fur getting in the movie room especially with that cat. She’s probably flipping it all up in the air as we speak. It’s probably on my workbench, on the shelves, on the chair, in my bathroom, on the towels…
(Okay, Okay… Dang).

Q: How’s the North Carolina convention going?
Eric: Good. But I have a story for you. I walked across the street from the hotel to grab something to eat and ordered a cod sandwich and the lady asks “do you want fish with that?” and I said “What?” She repeated “Do you want fish with that?” And I said, “Doesn’t it come with fish?” She looked at me for a few seconds, and then said “Oh, no! I mean do you want cheese on that!” We both laughed but afterwards, I wished instead of me saying “What?” I said “Yes, I’ll have the Cod Sandwich but hold the fish.”

Q: What aggravated you this week?
Eric: That cat again. While I was plugging up that hole she found next to the old stove vent in the cabinet, she hopped back up there, knocked over a stack of my molds and then spilled my coffee on the floor and all over herself… I ran out and only had enough for one cup and she dumped it! So I had no coffee. That really aggravated me.

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Busy in the Workshop

While outside walking with my camera, I snapped this pic of Mr. Basketmaker through the workshop’s big old picture window. He was still busy working while the sun set, getting ready for North Carolina Convention…

Looks like he’s removing dried rims from their molds and looking up at the tv to catch the evening news. Multitasking…

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Saturday Night Art Walk: Springing in Tennessee

The beginning of the week it was quite warm and I grabbed my camera to take shots of all the signs of spring around our property. Many of the blooms I don’t recognize—all part of being a Tennessee transplant from New England.

So tonight, I’m showing some of the photos I captured with a few I’m going to use for some new paintings in the near future.

First up is a bloom I cannot identify. It is probably one of the many “tree-weeds” we have here. I liked the color combination of chartreuse, yellow and pink hues.

The next blooms I do recognize… they are from our peach trees in the back yard. We have about 7 of them on the property. They have produced hundreds of little peaches but I’ve never been able to harvest any of them because of all the insects feasting on every one. I talked to a native gardener awhile back and she said it’s impossible to produce fruit without using pesticides. Last season I saturated them with organic solutions but not one peach could survived. Really makes you question on what “organic” really means. Just how do you keep insects away from juicy peaches?

Below is a closeup of the new growth from one of the peach trees. I am going to paint this composition. It will look great as an abstract.

Image below is not a sign of spring— I simply liked the aged texture and the creams and browns surrounded by green. Anyone know what this is? It almost looked like cotton to me; but I’m sure it’s not.

The following photo shows all our pear trees blooming along the woods out back. I love all the white flowers and with the time of day when I took this shot, it cast a pretty blue hue over everything. I’m going to paint this one too.

I have no idea what kind of plant this next one is but I loved the spindly growth forming around a new bud emerging. It’s quite peculiar.

I’m done with the winter season and ready for everything to be lush and green—out with the past and in with the new!

Have a good evening and don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight!!

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