A Hundred Steps

A Hundred Steps -Black Creek Greenway, Cary, NC photo by Kim Marchesseault

There’s something about these steps.   Once I returned to them to find I was standing in the pile of my own dog’s poo I’d left on the ground because I forgot to bring a bag with me.  These steps were there to carry me up on their backs while I scraped off my shoe and thought about karma.

These are the steps I take to better my life. They’re reliable even on days when the problem isn’t as simple as dog poo. At the top of these stairs is a playground. At the bottom is a long, winding path beside a creek which leads to a lake that is contaminated so you can’t eat the fish from it. Poetic.

I call this place A Hundred Steps. Count them. There are actually a hundred and three.

The half-wish

The Half Wish by Kim Marchesseault  I saw this half-wish creeping out from someone’s lawn onto the sidewalk. It seemed like a harmless, fuzzy, wonderful thing at first glance, but then as I contemplated what a half-wish is, I began to give it the proper fear it deserves.  A half-wish would be like the monkey’s paw style wish -one that sounds good but has horrible consequences.

It is something someone expresses in anger and desperation. A form of despondent emotion -not something you wish with all your heart.  “I half-wish you were dead.” What is this? Not a true wish, but more of a need for protection from the person hurting you enough to reach a point where you half-wish they were dead. If you had a murdering heart, you would fully wish they were dead.

“I half wish you went through the same thing I did.” What is this? You don’t really want someone to suffer like you had to, you just want them to understand what you went through.

If ever you stumble onto your own half wish, don’t blow it.  You deserve a whole one.

Enjoying the camera

Birdfeeder image by Brad MarchesseaultNothing but an empty bird feeder swinging from a barren branch in December. Having fun with the new camera on a much needed walk after all of the Christmas goodies we’ve been eating. 

I spotted this and asked my husband, Brad, to take this shot since he was holding the camera at the time. We’re sharing it like good kids!

The first half of the walk I had the camera and everyone was annoyed about having to wait while I took pictures. I told them to go on without me and I’d meet them at home, but they stopped ahead of me and I caught up eventually. The second half of the walk Brad took the camera and I walked slowly alongside him pointing to everything I wanted a shot of…is this really sharing? I don’t know, but it seemed to work alright this time. 

Un-nudes at the Slater Memorial Museum

The Satyr Plating the Scabellum (?) or

The air was thick with dust and mold inside. On this drab, rainy day the natural light from the ceiling was grayed a bit. It was as though I’d meandered into someplace old and forgotten like you’d see in an Indiana Jones movie. My party and I were practically alone there as we wandered.

It took my breath away when I walked into the main gallery and found myself surrounded by full size castings of works I’ve only ever seen in pictures before.

Some works were stiff, noble, stoic. Other works writhed  in front of me and convinced me they might gasp for breath at any moment.

All genitalia were concealed beneath a fig leaf with the exception of one sculpture. I can’t remember the name of the work. On that particular piece the genitalia had been broken off. Apparently this was a concession the museum had to make in order to be allowed in the community when it was first established.

The Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Connecticut is one of only a few in the United States featuring full sized plaster castings of world masterpieces from the Louvre and the Vatican and other wonderful places in the world which I haven’t had the opportunity to visit yet.  The museum also has a nice collection of authentic art. The Slater Memorial Museum is part of the Norwich Free Academy, a local public high school which offers private enrollment for tuition students as well. What an incredible opportunity for young minds. 

I’ve heard making plaster castings of world class sculpture of this caliber is no longer permitted.

Something I enjoyed in particular about the plaster castings is that some of the works were not chased. -The seams from the mold where the plaster had oozed into them were not cleaned away and it was fascinating to see how intricate the mold making had to be in order to capture the bends of each delicate finger and detail. Well worth a visit if you’re into art or if you’re interested in doing any casting.

Thanks to the Slater Memorial Museum for allowing me to post this image of The Satyr Plating the Scabellum (?) or “Invitation to the Dance” Cast of the original in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence – 2nd century B.C. 

**Please respect the intellectual property of others. Do not repost this blog entry without my permission. The image on this blog entry is used here with written permission from the Slater Memorial Museum.

Camera with a toggle from easy to pro

  Circles photograph by Kim Marchesseault

As a sculptor I need a nice camera to make images of my work. I want the ease of use that comes with a point and shoot camera, with the option of the kind of control an SLR offers. I want to have my cake and eat it too.

My old digital point and shoot finally bit the dust so I asked a few photo buff friends of mine for suggestions. I think I actually asked for a camera with a toggle from easy to pro.

 Based on their recommendations we bought a Nikon D40x camera body. Camera people will tell you when you buy a camera body, the thing you’re really after is the lens system. The key to making this camera set up so easy is the 18-200 mm VR lens. Yes, this lens actually costs more than the camera body, but this lens offers the point and shoot ease I wanted. With this one lens I can take a huge variety of shots without having to change lenses. The vibration reduction feature is a huge plus because I tend to move a bit while shooting so I can take quality long range shots while zoomed in as well. I’m still playing with my new toy. I absolutely love it. Thank you, Ben Alman, for taking time to advise me on this.

Cut and paste world

I’m really flattered that someone has taken enough interest in my artwork to cut and paste my entire post word for word including title and my original image of my original artwork on their blog, but it sure would be nice if they asked permission or at least linked to my blog and credited me for my work.  http://borok-bangsaku.blogspot.com/2007/12/modern-nature.html  <<— look familiar? Why yes. Yes, it does. https://kimiam.wordpress.com/2007/09/17/modern-nature/  What’s this world coming to?

Scott Renk has done it again

Here’s an article in the Indy featuring some of artist Scott Renk’s work with teens at the alternative school, Mary E. Phillips High School in Raleigh.