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I enjoy writing. It helps me clarify my thoughts. Every sculpture I create is really a story I find irresistible that finds expression in stone.

I usually have a lot of excess brain space when I am sanding and finishing a stone sculpture so I begin to write the blog for that piece in my mind. Having done quite a bit of research for each sculpture, I start by riffing on ideas.

I define the most important aspect of the creation process. Sometimes it is the story of the animal. Sometimes it is an experience I had with a particular individual. Often it is the story of the making of the sculpture. Every picture is worth at least a thousand words.

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Clean Water

“Clean Water” is my stone sculpture wish for exactly that—embodied by a joyful surfing fish. Where we stand now with clean water is, unfortunately, not so joyful.

Inspiration

Every creature and plant on the Earth needs clean water, whether it is in an ocean, a lake, a river, a stream, or flowing from our kitchen faucet. Moreover, we all want clean water. I don’t know anyone who wants polluted water. We can all agree on one aspect of our lives. Clean water keeps us healthy, which makes us happy. Clean water does not make us sick or sad. It seems so simple.

Complications

Our leaders politicize clean water. Those who favor it are called environmentalists, whom our government labels as undesirable. How absurd. We all want and need clean water. (I mentioned that.) How can we see ourselves as “bad” for not wanting polluted water? I don’t want to be sick from drinking the water that comes out of my kitchen tap. How can that idea be viewed as wrong?

Reality

Here is the lead sentence from an article in the New York Times, September 13, 2019:

“The Trump administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands, and other bodies of water.”

Lisa Friedman and Coral Davenport wrote the article “Trump Repeals Obama-Era Rule on Clean Water,” copyright the New York Times.

Our national leaders are attacking our environment. They favor fossil fuel industry profits over your and my need and desire for clean water. They do not care if our drinking water makes us sick, or how many fish and animals die from drinking polluted water. Our leaders do not care how much toxic chemicals are absorbed into our food as it grows in a field.

Division and Manipulation

An idea (clean water) that we all want and need divides us. National leaders do not want us to realize the common needs and concerns we all share. It is divide and conquer, over and over again.   They label environmentalists as bad and then, through association, imply that clean water is bad because it is desirable to environmentalists. How can we accept this as valid? We all want clean water. (I know, I mentioned that.)

Wake Up

Environmentalists are not bad—they want clean water for everybody. They want to curb chemical pollution, keep plastics out of our oceans, and promote sustainable energy production to clean up our water, land, and air. This is a positive step forward for every person, plant, and animal on Earth.  We all win.

Why are we not together on this?

Andes Blue Onyx

This opulent stone is Andes Blue Onyx, found in only one quarry on the planet located 13,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains of Argentina.   Blue Onyx color varies from deep blue to blue-green to yellow.   The small boulder from which “Clean Water” is carved has a glorious abundance of blue—a rare color in any stone.

This is one of the trickiest stones I carve. The crystals are long, multi-sided, and brittle. Different colors have varying degrees of hardness so there is no consistency to the amount of pressure one can exert with a tool. The stone can break along any of the lines of changing color, so one must be careful every step of the way.  I coax the forms from the stone by grinding, rather than cutting.

The Up Side

Blue Onyx is quite translucent so one can see down into the stone, and it is mesmerizing. The ancient breaks and reformations are fascinating and humbling to contemplate. The experience of carving this stone creates for me an awe and respect for our Earth. I am inspired to heal our planet and cherish our lives. We all need clean water. We can do this together.

Excerpts of Other Recent Entries

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“When Horses Fly” is a stone sculpture homage to taking risks, metaphoric leaps into the unknown—leaps of choice, leaps of necessity, leaps of joy, leaps of faith. Inspiration My awesome friends who ride horses initially inspired my idea for this jumping horse. We began riding together in the 1980’s, taking riding lessons at the LA Equestrian Center. We rode for many years together, and remain close friends after 30 years. Our bonds with horses and each other run deep. We . . .
 

Inspiration The Arctic fascinates me. I discovered the Arctic Tern while researching polar bears for my stone sculpture “Dancing on Thin Ice”. (The Arctic Fox was also a discovery during my polar bear research; the fox took form in stone as “Arctic Wind”.) I was first struck by the elegant graphic simplicity of the Arctic Tern. White body, black head, and bright red beak and feet quickly took shape in my imagination—three stones I adore to carve and a tricky . . .
 

Inspiration “Arctic Wind” is a stone sculpture inspired by the “winter whites” of the Arctic Fox, and by the way the wind sculpts snow. It is another manifestation of my fascination with the animals of winter. I love snow, and am awestruck by the soft curves and sharp edges of windswept drifts. Carving white marble reminds me so much of snow—sparkling crystal and the play of light on white forms remind me of skiing, my favorite winter activity. I show . . .
 

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