Before I start a new art work, whether it’s a film, article or sculpture, I need to close the door on the previous piece. In this case, before I could start a stone sculpture, I literally “closed IN a door.”
I live in an old firehouse with a leaky large door and no pole. (It was a town hall, jail, movie theatre, and volunteer firehouse in various incarnations.) I heat the work space with a wood stove and am ALWAYS cold. This was the year I decided to close in the front door by building a well insulated wall that allowed light in, kept the cold out and provided a wall on which to draw.
With input from the neighbors and artisan carpenter Larry Fisher, we closed in the firetruck door. As temperatures fell, I completed the final coat of paint and prepared for the next step in my creation process.