This week is the Forestry Education Auction. If you’not familiar with this let me explain. Each year, at the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference Forestry Education Dinner and Auction, Mary A Livingston (my lovely bride) and I contribute two paintings to go on the auction block. There are many items being auctioned, but what’s different about our contribution is we go head to head in a husband vs wife bidding war! Only, we aren’t the ones bidding. What could possibly go wrong. The winning bidder gets to pick the painting they want and the other goes back on the block. The bidders don’t know which painting the other bidders are bidding on! It’s great entertainment, at least to Mary and me. I reblogged her entry on my previous post. I must say that I’m intrigued because there is a mystery behind her painting.
This painting is in rememberence and is a tribute to Jim Headrick. He was a fourth generation logger, Logger of Year, a true professional and an all around good man. He is missed. Cheers Jim!
I highly recommend this program to you if you are a teacher in California. It is a fantastic way to get hands on experience in natural resource education. Especially geared for elementary teachers. For many years I taught Silviculture at the Shasta County camp. Great program and a lot of fun. Click here for FIT!
In Head to Head Bliss we saw Mary’s work in progress. It’s an original watercolor submission, “Food Chain”, for the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference Forestry Education Dinner/Auction. Now for her competition. This is my work in progress
This is a multi-media piece called “Uncle Sam.” Uncle Sam is the name of the little locomotive in the picture. I made a print of my original pen and ink onto 140 lbs watercolor paper. I expanded and enhanced the print with additional pen and ink.
Next I did a two-tone watercolor painting with sepia and raw umber. The goal is to create an original piece reminiscent of an old sepia tone photograph. Both pieces are being framed right now. Stay tuned for our final pieces!
If you are a teacher, then you may be interested in this program. It is a week long session that involves camping in cabins, woods tours of logging operations, a mill tour and many other sessions involving natural resource subjects. It is an intense week and you get to meet resource professional from across the spectrum.
I taught a forestry class for many years at the Shasta County location. After a break I was back last season. I don’t know yet if I’ll be back this year. I highly encourage interested teachers to sign up.
What a great time! Awesome kids really make for a great presentation. Last week I presented to over 350 third to sixth grade students on what an Electrostatic Precipitator is and what it does. After two hours of talking to seven different groups, 15 minutes at a time, my voice was shot but my spirits high. This year’s students really engaged and participated making it memorable for all. Photos courtesy of Tim Livingston, The Forester Artist. Thank you!
Many brave girls stepped up to assist collecting a static charge.
Student volunteers help demonstrate static electricity.
Dark balloons show the dust best.
Students are surprised by the attractive properties of static electricity.