Today I took a much needed break to the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate park and after taking a bunch of flower pictures, spread out on a blanket and drank my coffee. I then badly painted a flower, but regardless, it was extremely relaxing. Afterwards, the sun started to quickly set and I frantically took a ton more pictures of flowers.
Tonight I headed to the east bay to visit my friend's one night art show. The vertical lines of multi-colored moss were especially surprising, for I usually think of moss in organic shapes. There were many small details that were fun to discover.
Tonight I worked on a professional project. Afterwards I worked on this torch, which is one of my favorites so far. In the picture on the right, you can see the slipstone I am using to sharpen the slightly curved blade.
Everyone either flaked out or wasn't able to make it today, so it was just me. I worked slowly, but completed a silver background for a future project and worked laying out this collage I've worked on for some time. Next time, I'll glue everything down.
After a long day of work, I was leaving and my co-worker showed me this amazing, antique sign hiding in the trees. I ended up spending quite some time taking some photos.
Today I started by adding more layers of crackle medium.
After that I carved another torch. They keep getting better and better.
Then I decided to use my power sander to smooth it out a little. While doing this, the sander suddenly made the worst sound ever and small, sharp pieces of metal flew everywhere. I can't believe I didn't get hurt. I contacted Sears to let them know and to see about getting a new one. They were extremely unhelpful and even rude at times. I quickly learned that Sears will stand behind their Craftsman hand tools for a lifetime, but power tools are cheaply made with composite metal and only have warranties for one year.
Today, I made myself some French press coffee and noticed the iridescent oils floating in the bubbles. I took many pictures.
Terrance Graven is a San Francisco artist whose installations incorporate sculptural elements, performance art, costumes, sound pieces, and theatrical lighting.