Wednesday, August 31, 2016
After a couple of weeks of feeling truly awful I finally felt well enough and had the time to play in the studio today. Don came up to the studio when he got home and we made the silly little video below. Click the white arrow in the center of the first image to play the video.
This is how this painting session started out. Water soluble graphite on drawing paper.
These are the tools I gathered to work with. I ended up using a couple of other things too, like black gesso and blue paint.
This is where I left off tonight. I imagine I will do more on it tomorrow and who knows, it may totally transform into a completely different painting.
Friday, August 26, 2016
All of the fence posts a finally in! Woo hoo!!! Don drilled rebar into the ledge and up through the posts and then commented the posts to the ledge. Today we began striking the wire for the electric fence. That will go much faster than the posts did. This ledgy land makes everything challenging.
Drilling rebar into the ledge to hold the post. A cement footing that will be poured over it.
You can see Don's homemade "Wire Jenny" in the above and below photos. It worked great for rolling out the wire.
Stringing the electric wire goes so much faster than putting up the posts.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
I designed a new roost for the coop and Don built it the other day. It is really col because it folds up in the air and latches to the ceiling when you want to clean out the coop. I forgot to take photos of it lifted up but you get the idea.
This hen is checking out the view
The ladies coming in the night on their new roost, about half of them are in the coop in this photo.
Posting this guy because he is just so darn lovely! Wells the Welsummer Rooster.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
In the above photo Don is in his workshop and I am in the nest box room of the chicken coop.
Don in the "Egg room" looking into his workshop
Don on the workshop side looking into the coop
Filling the nest boxes with shavings
Putting the top hinged door on the back of the nest boxes. The bottom door will be hinged too.
Checking out the nest boxes
Looking out the chicken coop window down to the chicken run
The girls are molting and there are tons of feathers everywhere. Today when I was raking out the run and putting new bedding in the coop I couldn't resist grabbing a few. I am going to try sketching in my art journal with them using some oak gall ink.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Success! The first post is cemented in.
The braces are just a support until the cement dries
As you can see in this second hole there is not much topsoil at this spot before you hit ledge.
Setting out the white line posts is a lot easier than installing all the corner posts. The tension from the electric fence requires really solid corner posts. The line posts, between corners don't need to be as solid.
Mixing the cement in the hot, hot sun!
Shoveling the cement over the rebar
The 3rd post had to be installed directly on the ledge. Don added a pin that goes into the ledge and up into the post and the the + of pins in the post like the other. Plus he drilled four other pins down into the ledge. The cement will be poured over all to those pins up onto the post. The wooden frame is just a form to hold the cement and will be removed later.