These Infinity RS 6000 towers have been with me for 30 years; probably THE most important tool in my internal art kit.

The foam seals on the large cone drivers gave out and turned to powder, and the sound turned to a buzzy mess. I ordered new foam seals and took it all apart and replaced the seals- if you have nice older speakers with this issue it is an easy & cheap diy fix. If only my Carver Amp had survived as long…

I started the project by hunting through youtube demos on speaker repair; simplyspeakers posted a standout demo by an experienced professional who earned trust through clearly explaining his expertise- I ordered their repair kit. The kit arrived quickly and all four woofers are now in perfect working order; a straight-forward and satisfying d.y.i. project. Only when I had installed the kit did I realize how long the sound quality had been in decline. Listening is a nuanced pleasure again.

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Map out your garden when fall-planting, ensuring the location of each giraffe. Set no demarcations. When tufted black knob-horns protrude from soil, the giraffe is ready for gentle removal from the earth. Coax the giraffe out with the firmness of pulling a carrot. When you feel the giraffe stir and surge upward, ease your hand along the upper shell casing surrounding the neck (velvety feel). Use the shell to press a larger hole while protecting the giraffe. The giraffe can now be calmly lifted. Place giraffe on fresh-mowed grass in shade. Feed fresh Lilac bloom for the first hour.

Dreamed of a spring garden with hidden giraffes sprouting. Thought I’d share it, figuring it may be just the thing you didn’t know you needed right now.

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Wichita angel now in Utah

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Quadruplet Wichita angel now in Utah

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8am Xmas morning, 10 inches of new snow outside.

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Xander makes an Xmas morning toast from the head of the table.

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Holiday winter setting.

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These little ladies were just heads and wings with pipe cleaner arms, and then an Xmas miracle gave them bodies again and a sled!

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Lucky isn’t feeling as lucky as usual.

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Lucky begins to eat his way out of the drift.

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The Walter Horn.

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Shawn is going haut-couture this season.

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The silvered weir-fairy called down the snow.

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The welcoming committee on the front porch.

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Santa brings smiles all ’round.

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Wood-stained Xmas train.

 

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Engine with old Santa bust. Topping the smokestack is a battery from the bike odometer.

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Engine and electric coal-car.

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Battery Car

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Battery wiring.

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Liquid Christmas Spirits

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Candy Car: to be filled…

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Passenger Car

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Caboose.

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Train dressed out for the holidays.

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The Yule-Car filled with cheer.

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The Frosty Freeze, with magic hat can make endless living snowmen.

This train set is a creation of John Belt, who runs a subsidiary Santa’s Workshop out of his pro-grade “hobbyist” wood shop in Wichita. St.Nick can always rely on John for wonderful wooden toys. I traded a bit of custom sculpture (molds for a Santa and Elf that ride in the cab of the Engine, not yet added here) with John for an unfinished train set. The set was so nicely made that I couldn’t bring myself to paint it. Instead I sanded it down to a 220 grit, mostly just cleaning the wood of invisibles like fingerprints, so the various wood stains would sink in evenly.  John tells me this is the first set to be stained rather than painted. Probably also the first conversion from coal to electric.

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Lights up just in time for snow.

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Lucky is feeling festive.

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Yule get Lucky!

Got the lights up just in time for our first real snow of the season. Lucky is decked out with holiday cheer under the Yule-tree. The lights are all new and mostly LED. The big pine out front is a clean white, which the picture corrected to blue under the warm light-pollution-lit storm. (LED’s started as one new strand in-line with all the old lights, put on in reverse for the first time -aarg!- so they all came back off and back up so it could plug in and night fell and the new strand made all the old lights look yellow, so down it all came yesterday and all new LED’s went up, Third Time is a blahblahblah). Maybe next year, or maybe if the weather breaks; the big pine’s old lights could go on the house-hugging Juniper, bcs: more seasonal shwag to come…

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Broad Canyon Fire:#2  24″ x 48″ Acrylic on Panel. 2016

The first Broad Canyon Fire painting was dark and had the sun in it; this one glows with sunlight but does not have the sun. This image views the fire from the side, while the former is a view of the fire just before passing through/under it. This was the logical companion/complement to the original painting, and a strong enough choice to stand with the original work. It may be that these two works are as far as this series can go and retain pure authority to the subject and themselves and each other. Each must have its own necessity or it becomes derivative.

The artspeak is likely just an attempt to be able to quit, as the process of transparent washes and semi-opaque layering is burning through my creative patience; i.e. this takes forever and requires allowing the painting to pass through many stages of layering to build to where it finally comes together- and it is difficult to keep this all in balance and not lose focus on the whole for the parts for the days-long processes to effect a subtle change upon a subtle change to move the work along. Yet global warming says I’ll have the full sunroom for awhile yet before I have to move the trees and plants back in off the deck, and so the theme of beautiful armageddon under the global warming sun can push me further than I would like as well…plus, they are really something in real life and my love/hate of the process may just have to suck it up as this is about making Art. The finished paintings have a life of their own, which is rare; and respecting this is an artist’s responsibility to work toward the quiet and invisible thread of direction that seems to bring itself into being.