Monday, December 12, 2011
On a drive down to Tampa yesterday I noticed the tent city along the highway had been removed or moved, not sure which. I remembered hearing on the news they'd banned begging in that city except on Sundays. I wonder what those people will do now.
We visited one pottery (all I could talk Gary into visiting) on the Tour de Clay which was San Antonio Pottery. I had a nice time visiting with Jack Boyle and McKenzie Smith, and guest potters Michele Ginouves and Susan Livingston. Jack Boyle said a brick building next to his building has sat empty for 30 years. He tried many times to purchase or lease it and the owners couldn't agree among themselves so it's just sat empty the whole time rotting away for 30 years, amazing and sad.
Surprisingly no one has ever broken into or vandalized the building in all that time as evidenced by the spider, webs, and egg sacs which line the edges of the doorways. The spider and the egg sacs with protuberances are from a brown widow spider. I thought about all the homeless and then about all the houses sitting empty across the country.
In preparation for hurricane season earlier this year we purchased some canned goods. Since next summer they'll be out of date we donated them to the food bank. We had some camping gear we were going to sell at the flea market but decided the amount of money we'd get for those items wouldn't be much to us but the gear would be a lot to someone homeless. So we donated them to the local shelter which can pass them out to someone needy. Last evening I made this blue moon shrine with paper resist and sgraffito techniques. Hum, the tree looks like a hand, a hand with eight fingers. I may add a blue tent under that tree. The ground is blue too; it's cold outside. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.