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I Could Not Let Them Leave Home

I painted these little ladies (and one cat) to take them to Lorimer Park to the grotto, where I have left so many others. For some reason, I just couldn’t do it with this crowd. I wanted to keep them myself.

So at least for a while, they are relaxing on my porch.

And you can see they were joined by the cutting board ladies. Now things are colorful and bright in this cold winter season, and I say hello to all these little faces each time I come home.

Everyone on the porch.

Everyone on the porch.

Catching Up on Some Different Situations

I’m going to talk about several different things here. It’s time to get caught up. Here we go.

Remember the latest three painted stone figurines I mentioned? The ones I set out in separate places because I couldn’t put them in the usual spot unobserved? I’ve got them all back together now. It just seemed like something I had to do. So here they are.

I also set out a figure that I made some time ago. She’s quite heavy, so I put her in the abandoned train control box nearest the parking lot. I thought it might be easier on whoever might want her, as far as transportation to the car goes.

And here is a cat. A white cat. Another painted stone creature. I made it earlier this summer and I meant to drop it off on the porch of my collage friends Anna, Liv, Luke, and Nellie. Never got around to it. So – I took it over there when I visited last week.


In a Good Place

I took three stone lady figurines to Lorimer Park the other day, meaning to set them in the grotto (it is empty right now). But – as I left the parking lot with them in my shopping bag, a man and woman also started walking down the trail. Now, I want to stay anonymous, so either I would have to do this drop-off another time, or wander aimlessly around until I could get these two walkers out of sight, not that easy to do.

So I chose a third option. I set the figurines on locations in the hilly section of the park. Three different places. I’ve put clay figurines in a couple of these places before. It’s a new thing for stone ladies.

Here is the first lady. I’ve used this location before – you may remember it.

And the second lady. This location was new – a fallen tree not too far from the first lady. But – she didn’t stay there long. When I went to the park today, she had joined the first lady on the rock pile. Hmmmm….

Finally, Lady #3. She is set at the gate to Fox Chase Farm, which is located next to the park. This location is another one I used for a clay figurine. What a wonderful view this spot commands. It’s a good place to stop and lean on the gate and just look out.

Sneaking In and Settling Down

Here are three more stone women that I plan to take to the grotto in Lorimer Park – I think I’ll go tomorrow afternoon. I don’t want anyone to see me putting them in place, so it’s best to go when the park is less busy. I have an appointment in the area tomorrow at lunchtime, so it’s a perfect time to stop and drop them off afterward. Especially since these ladies are a bit hefty and I can’t just carry them in my hands or belt pack – I’ll have to use a little shopping bag.

People do notice a person carrying a shopping bag on the exercise trail. I know this since it has already happened to me – doing just this same activity, only in the morning when a lot of people are around. Don’t say I don’t learn from experience.

Anyway, these ladies are photographed in the place where they received their personalities – my studio. Thought they’d like a memento of where they first met.

three stone women 7-14

Saturday Sassy Lady Story

I had made this painted rock lady a few weeks ago and she’s been lying around ever since. Literally, because the bottom of the stone is not quite level and she tips forward, if she is set upright. I had thought about sticking on some cork circles to the bottom to level her. Well, today I decided to take her to Lorimer Park and set her on top of the recently vacated rock pile. She is managing fine there at the moment. Whoever takes her away will know what to do, I am sure.

Sassy stone lady now set on top of the pile of rocks in a bed of poison ivy.

Sassy stone lady now set on top of the pile of rocks in a bed of poison ivy.

Stray Cat

I’ve made some figurines from stones I picked up in Lorimer Park. They were different from this little cat figure – I painted them with acrylics and in doing so obliterated their original characteristics as stones.

While collecting those rocks, I found this one, and I saw a cat in it. I really liked the colors in the rock and I decided to see what I could do with it while altering it as little as possible.

So, this cat has clay eyes and nose, a twig for a mouth, and copper wire whiskers. Seemed to be enough.

Cat (stone, clay, twig, and copper wire) About 5" high or so

(stone, clay, twig, and copper wire)
About 5″ high or so

Let’s Visit

Here is something I wrote in January, 2014. I had dedicated the month to doing clay, and I made a number of small figurines. Here’s what I wanted to do with them:

Back in the summer, my family and I placed three figurines in a little rocky grotto area in a park along a trail where I run. It had become an informal spot for remembrances, it seemed – there were other objects set there – tiles, wind chimes, a big painted wooden face. The three figures lasted about three months and then were gone. Not broken, as there were no pieces – I believe someone needed them and took them. That was great, I thought. We put three more in place. A couple of times I ran by and saw that someone had put a pile of change in front of them – the money stayed there until this group, too, were gone. Once again, no pieces – so I know someone needed them and took them along.

I have three more to put in place when I can get to the park again. And all of this gave me an idea about my figurines. I decided no longer to sell them. Just give them to people who seem to need encouragement, who I want to thank or appreciate, or who just like them and express an interest. And I also want to continue setting them out in public. People do seem to like seeing them, and if someone wants to take them home, I hope they will do so.

A lot of my plans got derailed with my hand surgery and health issues, but as I’ve said, I’m slowly working my way back. And I’ve begun putting out figurines – I’ve written about the one at Mondauk Park recently. The trail I mention in the paragraphs above is Lorimer Park, Montgomery County, PA. It’s a former rail line now turned gravel trail, and it’s beautiful – on a steep slope above a creek. The grotto is located in a cut through the hill – high walls of rock rise on each side of the trail.

I’ve walked there recently several times. And I noticed that all the clay figurines I’ve placed in the grotto are gone – for a total of nine. I think it’s great.

This time I had the idea to do something different. So I picked up three rocks from beside the site, painted them (three little versions of Mother Nature, I think). I returned them to the place I got them a few days ago. I visited them yesterday, and here is a little pictorial version of the journey.