Tolkien, artist

Accomplishments

 My long list to be accomplished on my Studio Day actually did get knocked down a bit. I managed to get everything except the sewing projects done. Of primary importance was that I get my boxes stripped. That's because I have to do this outside and I need to get this done while the weather still allows for outside work - i.e., before the snow starts falling. I still have many boxes left to strip and refinish, but I now at least have seven boxes stripped and ready for refinishing and then decorating with enameling. One of these boxes will become a gift for Sebas at some point. I know how it will look at the end, and I have all of the materials for it, I just need to find some construction time for it. That will happen. Now I am researching high-gloss enamels. I want a laquer-look for the finish on some of these, so I'm looking into various options to give me that look. It does seem that every project I choose requires me to learn more things. So far, for this project, I had to learn how to strip paint from wood, and now different refinishing techniques and materials. I learned interior construction techniques earlier this year for my box "When Anor Rises", and I will carry those skills through to Sebas' box.
Sebas at the lake
A recent picture of Sebas on an
outing at the lake near his
new home in Michigan. I miss my boyfriend!

This is the six-month anniversary of the blow-out on the BP oil rig; one of the worst environmental disasters of recent times. It is one more example of how badly mankind acts as a steward for this land. I fully admit that I'm an old hippie with the viewpoint that one should walk lightly on this earth. I remember walking to support the very first Earth Day and I try my best to be kind to the earth within the parameters of my crazy life. I know that I could do better, but I certainly could do far worse. I am most certainly no paradigm of environmental virtue but at least I think about it as I live my life. Do you? Try to bring the environment into your creative life today.
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I am most certainly no paradigm of environmental virtue but at least I think about it as I live my life. Do you?

Yes, I certainly do. And I love the natural world, which is partly why I write descriptions of nature into my work. It may not be necessary to the stuff I write, but I love the beauty of the Earth and like to write of it.
On the contrary, writing about the world in which your characters operate is not only necessary, it is mandatory. It is that total fleshing of the world around the characters that has made LOTR as popular as it is - if it was just characters it would be just another story. Tolkien didn't create a story, he created a world. You contribute to that world, and I'm VERY glad that you do.

- Erulisse (one L)
Sometimes I read (of writing) that things like that are superfluous, that people don't want it, that you should pare everything down - I can't write like that certainly not about people, and not about the natural world they inhabit, which I find beautiful.
Agreed! These days many works are just like movie scripts. Unfortunately, not everyone has a WETA workshop to build the background independently, so some descriptions are nice.
Unfortunately, not everyone has a WETA workshop to build the background independently, so some descriptions are nice.

Lol. Yes. They do help. Not that I want 17 paragraphs describing a chair, but I want to *see* and *feel* the whole thing.
I wish I could find the post Pink Siamese linked to; it was a published book where some-one was describing a woman, everything from ribs to fingers, and it went on for about two pages. Actually some of it was good, but the mind boggled, really.