02.21.15

I live with a sommelier of music.  I hear it all; from the “Dead Kennedy’s to Lana Del Ray.   I have always loved music but never immersed myself into it.  Kip has…  As we sit down at our candlelit dinner with a turnstile full of just purchased CD’s from  spun.com.  I have no idea as to what we are going to experience.  But: as we go through piles of CD’s that the majority we will never hear again;  we/he find “gems”.  Every so often he comes to me with something that he knows I will want to absorb;  and I do mean want to absorb; playing over and over again. It drives him to distraction.  He introduced to me a CD that I want to pass forward. it strikes a chord with both of us.  We are not necessarily lyrically directed.  This woman just has an unbelievable beautiful delivery… Their piece: “Strong” is a must listen.IMG_446252007

So tonight as I sit here writing this, I hear the turnstile being filled with our selection for this evening’s dinner.  Here we go… together; out there.  Today he replaced four sets of speakers throughout the house that have been blown.  We “really” do enjoy our music.

Lakeside 

Cat Cave

The "Cat Cave"
The “Cat Cave”

The “Cat Cave”…   I adopted Button’s a week ago.  A gift to Mom/Dad after the loss of their “Daisy”.
Going to pick her up momentarily from the Vet for the 4 hour drive to Leelanau to celebrate Dad’s 89th birthday. Feeling a little nervous…
I hope that she is not into singing soprano.  I have the ear plugs just in case.  With her in the back…Maddee our large dog in the middle…this all seems just a little animal excessive.  Thank goodness that “Miss Sophie” -our new puppy has not arrived yet.  That saga begins next week.
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birth of a design

Inception
Inception

The creative chatter visited again this weekend.  I have been working on one of my “Modest  Mansion” home designs off and on.  The project probably started about 4-5 years ago.  As you can see looking at its inception on the right it was nothing earth shocking.  The experience is comparable to composing lyrics in a bar on a bar napkin (see inception)

Double click on the pictures  to get better visuals.

Off and on over the years I would bring out the file.  It was here in the second draft (a second level) that I must have decided that the home would be contemporary in design, a second story added for studios and a large open flat roof space to live outdoors.  The home would be situated on a lake.

a second level
a second level
Manipulation
Manipulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It looks like things took a serious turn in this next draft (Manipulation). The detail is beginning to formulate.  I design using the least space possible to live the largest.   It is here where I begin to layout the way I propose to live.  This is where the “heart begins to beat”.  This is where I begin to get excited.Double click the photo 

Keeps evolving
Keeps evolving

Further and further I manipulate.  An entire day can go by in what seems to be hours. Looking through the file I learn that by the time I complete this next drawing I have a  stack of at least 10 drafts. Each one looking at the space from a different dimension.   After this unsuccessful draw, the file is put  away again. The chatter once more no longer clear.  I realize that I am stuck on this design. In the past, by now the picture would have held substance.  Maybe what is holding me back is the uncertainty of if it will be built by me.

Last weekend it all began again… the chatter that is.  I needed to bring out the file.  Once more I needed to mentally articulate on paper what had formulated in my mind, fearing I would lose the visual forever.  The outcome is my best work on this project to date…yet “still” not done.

My latest chatter
My latest chatter

So today I put the old, tattered, growing file away as I have done so many times before.
Again…I wait until the chatter returns.   031814