Welp, change of plans...
Just a few weeks ago Bob applied for a ton of fisheries jobs across the country. It's hard to get a job in his field but last week he got a call back from one in Northern California. So now we are headed there on a whim! Good bye snow, helloooooooo sunshine!!!! :)
This all happened so so suddenly! I just attended a trade show with my dad in New Orleans (pictures to come).We got back last night and 1 hour later we left for CA. We're currently trekking through the lovely state of Kansas...only 6 more hours to Denver where we'll be stopping to meet some friends, see my brother & catch some sleep!
We've been adventuring out for fire wood every few days. Sometimes every day. It's been pretty cold so when the temperature is up or if there's no precipitation we usually go out, taking advantage of the weather. It takes us less time to fill the truck up than it did early in the winter, and we know where to go now for the dead standing trees and where not to go. Some areas are picked over, or too young of forest to be of any use.
Snow shoeing is fun too, we've been doing that a lot. Not so much these past few days but we were on a roll there for a while going almost every day. Pretty much going to get wood, snowshoeing or running every day. Except the really really cold windy days, like today.
Other random updates: the art is coming along quickly, it's amazing what gets done when you are focused. I feel like it is all I think about. I have a list of commissions to do right now, and it feels great! Making sure to make time for my own art as well so my new concept continues to progress. Talking to someone about an art show later this year & looking for shows or grant opportunities. Need to build a booth where I can photograph things better. This new group of work, once photographed and written about could help me get a show. Been reading a lot of articles about having a cohesive body of work to apply to shows with. With the commission money I will buy more materials and a table saw. I need one SO badly so I can make my own supports, it'd be way cheaper in the long run.
Bob got a sax. He's been practicing almost every day. I'm going to pick up my flute from middle school. It's going to be obnoxious, good thing we don't really have neighbors right now.
Here's just some photos I took the other day while out and about. :)
Still new to this encaustic (beeswax) painting, and I talked Bob into trying it out too, so one night last week we mixed up some paints and got to work. We chose a color scheme based off of malachite and azurite & we looked at some stones while we painted for inspiration on the shapes and layers. We are going to have one more session to finish them up and then I will post them under the "Encaustic" tab under my 2D section of this website.
Jessica R. Willis
Artist of many mediums inspired by nature and philanthropy