Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
What do you look like? It is the easiest answer. I have medium length (or really long, short, kind of wavy) brown hair, green (or grayish-green) eyes, and a big (with an even bigger smile) mouth. I bet there are hundred’s of people in this world that would describe themselves in the exact same way… so how do you answer the question. How do you answer it so that someone can really know what you look like.
When I was in figure drawing class my professor would always talk about the “essence of the model.” She would say, draw what you see, not what you think you see. A few years later, I was a model for an art class. I showed up, rocking my favorite overalls and my sweet little pigtail buns. One of the artists did a beautiful rendering of me and let me keep it. When I showed it to my Mom, she said, “That is really nice, who is it?” Essence is the hardest thing to capture, it is not about hair and eyes. It is about how your uniqueness affects your most obvious visual elements.
What about those times that you see a picture of yourself and think… that doesn’t even look like me. It happens to me every time I look in the mirror painted with make-up, dressed like I stepped out of a magazine. I know, it is me, I am able to grasp that intellectually, but I don’t look like what I think I look like.
Then I see photos taken by Pickle, there in the lens of his camera is me.
That is what I look like. My essence is what I think I look like when I think about what I look like.
We were in the shop fixing the treadle on the new press. It worked (so far) great. Heat the piece to 500 deg, this time we used a torch; stick weld with a nickle rod, this time we added fish plates; bury it it in sand for a slow cooling process. Why change what has worked for you once before, to read more about the welding process look here.
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