most likely i should have titled this “atlantean ponderings”, this being the caribbean, or even “caribbean ponderings”, but my choice has such fine alliteration– i like it!! it’s been a busy week for me here at rancho rance-o– i have been stuggling with several things, like opening up my new bank account– finished it up today, and it only took six trips to the bank…!! people who think it easy to move here take note– everything can be just like this down here, the frustration level can be immense. be afraid. other things have been a little more interesting though– i have made some progress in several areas. i began the cutting of my new design– a starfish, or to be more exact, a sea star. i wanted this one to be good in three dimensions, necessitating at least a two piecer to cast, but with the volumes of the thingum it was escaping me for quite a while. i do a lot of designing in my head, turning an idea over and over to see what it looks like from another direction, and i avoid a lot of problems this way– when i go to the wax work i usually have a pretty good idea what it is that i am looking for. still and all, i the first model wasn’t satisfactory, and so i began another. put it down again, as some of the shapes weren’t coming to me. last weekend when the boat was parked in front of the yellow house i swam around and located a cushion sea star and took a look at it– aha!! filling in the pieces, getting closer. but still i held off. then i went back to work on my new double sea horse earring design. i plan to dangle some pearls off these babies, but something about the piece wasn’t quite right, the area above the seahorse heads, where i would have to put the posts or hooks or whatever. it needed something, and i looked at a lot of shapes to fit in there– a shell, a sortuv half cone thingie, circle– but nothing really sang, y’know? finally it came in a small burst– a small sea star would look marvy!! this thing flowed off my tools like budda– and there it was!! perfect-looking, and also it will be the small pendant/earring alternative for the larger sea star. from there it was easy to do the larger sea star, so i just put that together quickly as well– it was a day-long burst of energy and inspiration. the cushion sea star has a nubbiness to it that would scratch, so i replaced that texture with a more organised ground one– good flecky tones and will look fabu i think. i searched around for a good bale for it, thinking of an alternative to my elbow bale or something, and cut a couple of examples, but what came to mind suddenly was a water droplet, and that is what i did. i have them all molded up to make more waxes from, and it is just possible that i might have time to cast them come sunday– wish me luck!! and then there is the new painting– or rather, the new canvas that i am slowly covering with grubby pencil marks. third in my “puerto de abrigo” series, a different view of the area. this one with the early morning light, sortuv green i imagine by the time it is all over.above you will see it as it was a couple of days ago, but it has progressed since then– the tower in the background, the “castle-like” club nautico, and the trees lining the little cove in the foreground. it’s coming together. wish i was one of those artists who are so facile with the pencil, throwing up the design onto the canvas, but alas i am not– i am slow indeed!! but i seem to always get there just the same– take a look!! and hey bonnie– after my seahorses and sea star are ready, think i have time to do a clownfish– are you still game?