Today was a very long day. For the last month I've been working on the preview party for the new Wellness Center down at the Yu Ai Kai Senior center in San Jose. I designed the invitations that went out to the donors who made large $$$ donations to remodeling the very old and run down building around the corner from the senior center. One of the big ticket items for the center was buying and installing a donor tree with leaves. It is a fundraiser to help raise the additional money needed to finish the building. Mike Nakamoto (good friend of mine) donated his time and talent to make the tree which saved the project over $15,000. Today Mike spent all day cutting out the tree and welding the branches together. Poor Mike was totally exhausted.
The next step is to add texture to the metal and then to chemically age it. After that we have to get it up on the wall before the party on Thursday. There are lots of other little details we need to take care of but getting the tree done on time is number one on my list.
Flat Fish Paper Arts was born many years ago when blogging first started. My family did a lot of camping and diving along the California coast. California halibut are huge fish that start out as any normal fish. As they age, one eye will start to move to the other side and the halibut will become flat so it can lay on the bottom of the ocean with both eyes facing up.
I always like the idea that we all start out the same but life experiences slowly changes us. In my case, my creative talents went the way of paper arts. Flatfish are always looking up when they mature and as with any artist, we see inspiration in everything around us - always looking up.
Evan and her flatfish
Years ago a local dive shop had a photo of a diver who caught a halibut so big he had to throw it over his jeep to take the picture. Our little spoof with our daughter sitting in her toy jeep with dad's halibut on the hood. 1987