Observations (in the raw)
This is an update on the progress of the studio steps project. Yesterday I got into the placing of stones on the "landing" step. The day before I had dry fit everything. Cutting, or I should say, breaking the flagstones was an exercise in trust. The gentleman who sold me the flagstone said if one hammers a line with increasing intensity, the stone will break along that line. For the most part, that is true.
Mortaring the stones was fairly easy, but the pace was intense at times. Overall, my first time at laying flagstones was pretty successful. There are some things I would do differently next time, but I am pretty pleased with the outcome so far. A lot more work to go to finish this project, but I think it will be ok.
What an all-consuming task it has become, though. I believe that has more to do with my character than the project itself. That is the way I tend to approach things.
One other thing I should note. Perhaps it is the roughness of my work or just the nature of stone, but I couldn't help but think this project already looks ancient. It is blending in with the desert, as though it knows something I do not.
Pat Greenwell is an artist. A painter and sometimes poet, he has been searching the New Mexico desert for several years now, looking for lost possibilities and probable intentions.
"...mostly stream-of-consciousness stuff, you know...