to begin with, i must say that my last blog didn’t publish to facebook, so anyone wanting to keep current on this should go to my website– — and check out “27– have you ever seen a butterfly cry?”. just like any serial, if you miss a segment you can find yourself in the weeds.

LOTS of diving of late, plenty of clients, and all good people– i feel so lucky at times, to be able to go out and do what i like and make a sortuv living at it– i am blessed indeed!! i did palancar caves the other day, and the light was so perfectly splendid that it didn’t matter if we saw any fish or not, the drama and spectacle of the wall, the coral head structures and the colors just blew us all away. we did manage to see plenty of stuff, don’t get me wrong– several beautiful turtles, groupers, drumfish, crabs, and even a big green moray eel out swimming around– but truly it was a matter of my stepping back and allowing the real star to dominate the stage, to take over– i bow to the majesty of palancar!!

this has not left a lot of time for me to work on my “other life”, though, and so i have been forced to find the time when i may– my rare days off have been times of much effort, and it has been good to me. i worked a couple of days on the painting i wrote about in my last blog (see– i toldja that you needed to read that one first!!), ending up with much more than i had realised– far from removing the reflections of the trees in the upper area, i have merely much reduced them, and now they work much better. this piece seems to be fast approaching the finish line– if i can only find the time to do it in. i shall have some time today, hopefully i will have the concentration in the same place.

these past couple of days off have been spent in casting and soldering together jewellery though. above you can see not-too-current photos of both sides of my new seahorse/sea star pendant. this is not going to be the stock version, but is rather a special order version for my friend lauralee, who lives in florida and likes her !!BLING!! just fine. all the holes in the piece above now have set diamonds soldered into them– 16 diamonds in all. it was quite a day of work, let me tell you!! but just when i figured i was going to finish the sucker– i was putting a pair of dangling pearls below the pendant– i realised i didn’t at all like the scale of these pearls– so i am going to have to order in some other ones and use them. i shall shoot some images of the piece as it now is, so that you can see what i mean, in my next blog.

i still have a turtle cast up, plus another large sea star pendant to replace the one bought by my good friend joey, but today i don’t much feel like getting dirty and filthy with polishing compound, so a-painting i shall go. sometime soon i must return to the sculpture as well, but short of cloning myself with one of calvin and hobbes’ transmogrifiers, there just isn’t enough rance to go around for the moment, and so i must practise my patience. ho hum– or would that more be like “hoon hom”– ent-like patience?

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