I'm currently working on a couple of commissions...sanding, priming, staining...my fingers and back are becoming a little sore but I'm having fun. Commissions can be tricky, but I still enjoy them, especially when I'm working for someone who loves everything I paint...that certainly makes it easier. And I really enjoy collaboration. My fingers have been sticky and dark as I attempt to replicate the effects of our fluctuating mountain weather on wood. Spending hours in my studio, my playlist consists of Royal Wood, Whitehorse, Sara Slean, Rose Cousins, Coeur de Pirate, and Armistice. So good.
And another great read, I have been on a roll lately...
The Figures of Beauty
by David McFarlane
David McFarlane was shortlisted for the Giller Prize for his previous novel Summer Gone which I have yet to read though it is definitely on my list. This novel begins in Europe in the late 1960's when unplanned circumstances change young Oliver's plans and he ends up in Carrara, Italy surrounded by marble and sculptors. Three separate stories weave together to form a whole and are beautifully told through a letter he wrote to his daughter. The story asks us to consider how our choices shape and define us.