Tuesday, October 04, 2005

A Whole Month?

Oh dear... I haven't posted in a month...
Well, as you've read on Sylvia's blog we had a fine holiday in Montreal. Too short of course, we were just getting acclimated when it was time to come home. Two things that I don't think that she mentioned... we had lunch with my ex-wife, Jeanne, in Montpelier, VT on the way up. Collected a camera from her that Rick had left for that purpose... a film camera so that I could take some slides. Nice visit... the women get on well with each other, which is good since I was in driving mode and we still had three hours to go. A nice lunch, by whatever river it is that runs through there. We don't get to see Jeanne often, so it was a treat.
The other thing tat Syl didn't mention was that we saw this guy, on Ste. Catherines Street in Montreal, using a magnifying glass and the sun to burn drawings into wood panels. No pencil lines or anything... just making it up as he concentrated the lens over the panel. I was pretty impressed and am sorry that we didn't ask how much he was selling them for.
So we got home and it was back to work... painting the exterior of a small addition to an house in Acton. Collecting the artwork from a client's former residence and installing it in the new one. Everything from an artist made electric sconce to an eight foot long Indonesian carving. Then I was on the road again to Ithica, NY to pick up a piece of artist made furniture for another client. An unbelievable operating room shop this guy had. Heavy piece, nine drawers in a bench sort of thing... all chip carved in a basket weave sort of pattern and nicely painted with the high bits rubbed down to show a color underneath. It was a seven to eight hour drive out, so I made arrangements to stay with Rick on the way back... twelve hours driving for that day. Rick fed me and we made some music and caught up... staying up WAY too late. Back to Boston the next morning (having spent $160 for petrol) and not being able to contact the client. Went on to another job, picking up and security mounting a few pieces in a new apartment building. Made arrangements to deliver the furniture the next day. Did so... painted on my pictures until it was time to see another friend make music at a pub down the way. Back to meet Rick who was spending the night and it was more music. Rick and I were off to a memorial lunch for an old (dead) friend... where we ran into other (living) old friends.
So... this week started with a drive to Rhode Island to install about fifteen pictures at some corporate location and today it was painting some walls at a gallery on Newbury Street in Boston.
Sorry if I bore...

6 Comments:

Blogger hazel said...

You don't bore...you do make me feel lazy though..all that work and driving.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Thanks, Hazel... driving is boring and the work these days is primarily coming and going. Reading my own words it sounds like I should be raking in the dough... but it's not the case.
Best to all...

5:47 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I fascinated to learn about your trip and the man buring the drawings with the magnifying glass- something that Archie can connect with being a fellow "burner" ( what that word?) its not arsonist but someone addicted to fire. Hazel suffers from it too- lighting bonfires and buring stuff in her stove and the grate at every oppertunity.
Ithica rang a bell too as I'd just uploaded a song by Lonzo and Oscar called something like "I lithp but I can say Ithika".!?

5:09 AM  
Blogger hazel said...

pyromaniac...
I think is the word for which you search....
pass the matches...
Why do you think I do metal work..chance to play with gas torches.

8:08 AM  
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