Category Archives: Knots

Figure of Eight Noose

I just found this knot which is ideal for looping around a Block. Should the Block happen to fall out, then you can simply loosen the knot and put it back it.

Sheet Bend

To create a sheet bend, bend the thicker or more slippery rope into a “J” shape (like a fish hook). Then pass the other rope through the hook shape from behind, wrap it around the entire fishhook once and then tuck the smaller line between itself and the other rope. If the ropes are the same diameter and texture, the sheet bend actually resembles a square knot. To tie a sheet bend with fabric or a tarp, collect, squeeze, and shape the material into a “J” shape, and then run your rope through and around the “J.”

The Trance of Art

This is the first article of my Philosophy Category. I decided to begin writing about some of the what I feel relevant to doing Art.

Have you ever lost all track of time while doing Artwork? I know I have. I seem to lose the mornings from around 4 a.m. onwards to around 10 a.m. This is the time that I spend working on my Ship off and on and I’ll watch some show on TV. Just going back and forth.

But, it’s the time during Art that’s interesting. I wonder what it is about concentration that makes you lose all sense of time?

I suppose that’s one of the reasons why I do it? I have tried to explain to people that the completed piece of art is not the point. It’s the doing of it is what’s important. Because, when you’re in the process of creating, you’re basically delving into a deeper aspect of yourself and you’re trying to tap into your central being. At least, that’s the way I feel about it.

I’m not sure how you could possibly create without tapping into this part of yourself?

I’m now wondering when I’m going to get back into Watercolor?

My ex Julie came over the other day for a visit. She stayed a couple of hours. Anyway, I showed her my artwork and I couldn’t believe that she actually wanted one of them? She not only wanted one of them, which I considered a good piece. It was one of a Lily. I guess it was pretty good. Then she wanted a set I made, a Warm Study and a Cool Study. They were both studies but apparently she liked them. Then the other one she took was a Ocean Scene, which I felt that I messed up on, but she liked it I guess. The point I’m trying to make is that other people may love your art as well.

So now, I’m into building this Ship. There’s a few things that people ask me that I wonder about.

First, they ask me when it’s going to be finished. Another one is “What are you going to do with it when you’re done?” I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked that question. Ahhh… What do you do with anything? A painting or whatever? You display it, right?

Getting back to the Subject though. I do feel that the reason I do it is because it does make me lose all track of time by allowing me to go into a trance-like state while in total concentration. I’m sure a lot of Artists feel the same way.