Cabin Overwhelmed By the Sun
2016. Pastel on sandpaper, 18-3/8 x 9-3/8 in.
The disappointing news? The studio cooling installation has hit (yet another) snag. This time expert reinforcements are required, and in a summer like this HVAC professionals can set their own schedules. We will have to get in line and wait. Again. Still.
So the studio continues to run an interior average of 95 degrees, and to languish in the state of profound disarray the installation project has created.
What this means: No painting. No work on the promotions or ancillary products for October Open Studio Art Tours for which I need photos of the work, and to get those I need the use of the studio. No preparing of the artworks or the space for display. Canvases, mediums, and paints roasting at temperatures they were not made to withstand.
One thing I can say about pastels, in which I worked for years: It’s a dry medium that is not bothered by heat, usually on a substrate of paper which is also not bothered by heat. I didn’t realize how good I had it.
Cabin Overwhelmed By the Sun was part of my pastel collection Additional Dimensions: Disappearance and the Homesteads of the Mojave , which arose from sketches I’d done over the years of derelict homesteads in my neighborhood. My own studio cabin is not derelict; it is loved and cared for. But it is most decidedly overwhelmed by the sun at the moment. As am I. This is a hellish summer.