I started work this afternoon, after taking the morning easy, running and doing yoga with Rich then moving very slowly toward getting something useful done, finally getting started by putting a leather head onto the aluminium truck wheel I got from the metal yard. I found the leather and line at a great store in Santa Barbara called Art from Scrap that recycles all sorts of interesting stuff, from piano keys to laboratory equipment. The wheel is pretty solid, and resonates well. I’m really looking forward to hearing how this sounds tomorrow; with the leather wet it sounds beautifully bass, I wonder how much it will change.

I’m really pleased that I learned how to make drums with my kids at that workshop, as I think this will be really fun for the actors in the play to work on, whether or not they use drums that they make in the production or not. 

If all goes well I’ll start painting this evening when I’m finished with the head.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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