As most of your probably know we are going through a cold wave here in the north east. Today has been a little warmer...... 10F at 6:00 AM rather than yesterday's 2. There are places a lot colder than here, but the people I really feel for are the Sandy survivors who still have no heat and are spending nights in heated tents. I find it irresponsible and reprehensible that people who live in one of our largest cities are still without heat and other utilities. I have always thought that it is the duty of an advanced society to take care of those who suffer disasters and other deprivations.
Climbing down off my very large hobby horse!
Now that we have the Jotul installed it provides (even without fans) enough heat along with the southern windows and my little heater to make it possible to work in my downstairs studio for about four hours every day. The exception is when it stays below 15F all day. I have a small area upstairs where I can decorate and paint. But I haven't needed to make it a permanent space which I use until March the way I have n previous years.
I rolled out several slabs of clay and cut them into various sizes. As I may have said before I feel no particular attachment to them and throw most of them in the slop bucket. The roosters below are the first ones I have even thought about saving. I was messing around with color, then realized I really want to work in a true ink and wash style. I'm using a black mason stain with frit 3124 thinned to various densities. A little glycerin in the mix makes for smoother brushing.
After all these years you would think that I would be prepared for the way brushes and inks feel and respond to different surfaces! Alas, such is not the case.
I baked a nice yeast corn bread yesterday. I soaked the corn meal by pouring boiling water over it and letting it cool before I began the making. It gave the loaf a nice corn flavor with out the grittiness I sometimes find in corn bread. The only thing wrong was that the crust on the bottom was too light. I know it's because I didn't heat the cast iron pan first. Maybe next time I'll get a photo of it before it's mostly gone.
And a correction on Helper Cat Haiku
Pristine blank surface
Curious cat explorer
Black paw prints remain
Stay warm, cool and happy and enjoy your week end.
As always, thanks for stopping by.............*S*