Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"Dead End", 9"x12" pencil sketch on paper

This was intended to be a quick sketch.
It is not very large, only 9" high by 12" wide.
It is intended to be a pre-sketch for a larger project... we will see...

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Winter is not letting up here at all.
We got 13" of new snow last Friday and now we are back to temps deeply below zero.
There is nowhere to put the snow anymore.
We have had to get big machinery on some of the job-site access roads to push the snow back farther. A pickup truck with a plow can only do so much.

The ground is actually not even frozen under this snow where it is undisturbed even with all the cold we have had.
But where the snow has been plowed or shoveled away, the frost is reaching record depths.
City crews got in a lot of overtime last week thawing frozen water lines.
...but the rural septic systems should be safe...

I was using my snow blower in town the other day cutting a path through the drift in the back yard to this house...

2/21/14 snowstorm, ely minnesota, john huisman


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Finished kitchen

Back in November we finally finished a remodel project that was, for the most part, completed except for the kitchen. We had been waiting for some custom made tile for the back-splash behind the soapstone counter-tops. I just realized I never did get around to posting these completed pictures.
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The tile was custom made in Minneapolis by a company called North Prairie Tileworks. The homeowner worked with them to develop the design and then hand make the tiles for the project.
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Here are a couple "before" pictures. The whole house was remodeled extensively, it's just the kitchen I hadn't mentioned before in this blog because it was not quite finished.

I did talk about this project in some old posts. Here is one:


The days are lengthening noticeably now. I think we actually had a morning or two where it was above zero to start the day. Seems like it has been a long time since we had that.
There was a Gray Jay eating one of the apples that still hangs in the tree outside my office window.
It seems there are always a few apples left every year high up that either escaped our notice till after the leaves were down or were just to high to reach. This guy seemed to be enjoying the the meal on the relatively warm, (maybe 15 above zero), sunny day.
Ely MN, Blue sky, jay eating apple

Ely Minnesota winter gray jay eating frozen apple.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Table Conversation

"Table Conversation" 13" x 20", pencil drawing by John Huisman. A quick sketch of the boys, my two oldest, in relaxed conversation at the table.
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Meaningless thoughts on Bob Dylans suberbowl comercial

I gotta say it was a bit painful to wake up this morning to the disheartening news that Bob Dylan had done a Superbowl commercial...

I watched the commercial on the internet, (I did not watch the game and don't even know who was playing)...

The commercial was well done and even almost touched on Bob's roots here on the Iron Range, but I couldn't help thinking it would have been more appropriate to use some pop country music star, (I will not suggest a name here because I just don't know any)... I would suspect that most people watching the Superbowl only have a vague notion at best of who Bob Dylan is and, except for a couple of songs that might still find their way into play on the "classic rock" stations, have never heard any of his music.

I guess the hard part is just seeing the one guy you would never figure to do something like this, compromising his integrity at his age, for something like this... Then, of course, I thought... would I do that? If Chrysler wanted to use something I have built or made for a Superbowl add would I do it... You bet I would. But still... Bob Dylan?   Ouch. I just hope he didn't do it because he needed the extra cash.

I guess I will accept this as just the way things are but I couldn't help noticing the song playing during the commercial. The lyrics were not on the commercial but it is one I have listened to many times and as it played through my mind after I watched it, the key line jumped out at me: "I used to care but... things have changed".  I wonder if Bob chose that song for a reason.

Maybe my view on this is a little bleak and probably I am way over-thinking this but that is just what I do sometimes.

If you have just come out of a cave and my blog is the first thing you are reading, maybe you have not seen the commercial so I will post a link to it at the bottom, but as I thought about this since I saw the commercial, this is the other tune that came to mind:

Here is the commercial.