It has been a wonderful two months now that I have been back on San Juan. On September 6th, I was present at the wedding of my old crewmate Dane Caldwell & Selva Wohlgemuth. As a gift for them I made a pair of painted plates at Johnny Picasso’s in Anacortes. Dane taught me a lot about longlining, such as: how to skin an octopus, how to eat raw sea urchin uni while coiling groundline, how to dress halibut, etc. I had a lot of fun with these plates and I am thinking of doing more ceramic painting projects in the future…
After that, I went along for a week with several good friends on a sailing trip from San Juan up into the Gulf Islands of BC. The weather was incredibly sunny and calm, not allowing much sailing, but we contented ourselves with hiking, sunbathing, picking apples and plums in the old orchard on Prevost Island, gathering oysters, fishing for lingcod, diving for crabs, and generally having a good time.
I recently started working part time as an assistant for the sculptor Matthew Gray Palmer (matthewgraypalmer.com). This incredibly skilled and talented artist just happens to live and work in Friday Harbor. I consider myself one lucky individual to get paid to spend time in Matthew’s workshop of wonders, learning new things every day about bronze, concrete, steel, moulding, casting, welding, and more. It’s like everything I ever dreamed of doing in art class as a kid, multiplied by 100.
Best of all has been spending time on the 5 acres at the foot of Cady Mountain that I now call home, hewing logs for a shed and dreaming and scheming of a thousand different things to come. Most of all I think of all the trees I want to grow here: walnuts, chestnuts, filberts, monkey puzzle, figs, mulberries, seaberries, medlars, plums, black locust, perhaps even a few hardy olives like the folks over on Pender and Saturna islands (http://olivetrees.ca/). It will be a long process with lots of hard work and challenges along the way. I am looking forward to being here: