What’s Next?

I’ve been offered a show at the Asheville Arboretum, where I have previously shown successfully. They plan their shows two years in advance so my show will, “hopefully”, be in summer 2018.

“Hopefully” is the word; I will be 85 years old.

I have made a list of over 30 subjects for still life paper sculptures such as: kitchens, flowers, decoys, art stuff, etc. etc. etc.

I want to complete another series or two during this fabled two years. I know what I want to do, and I’m fast because of 50 years as an illustrator in my technique, always on deadline. However, that’s a lot of work, but what the hell, I’ll work as if I actually have those productive two years in my future.

I want to complete at least ten paper fishing flies.

Last Cast

Last Cast

My tattoo series still interests me, so I’ll try to tattoo some subjects that get drunk and tattooed.

Samurai Crab

Samurai Crab

I’ve written several children’s books that never got finished. One of them is about cats from different cultures as carousel animals, written in Limericks. I can’t imagine finishing, but I’ll think about it.

Samurai Carousel Cat

Samurai Carousel Cat

This carousel cat is so Japanese
Samurai kimono catches a breeze
Mount Fuji and tea
Rising sun on the sea
Haiku blossoms on Cherry trees

I just turned 83, just another birthday. Most of my friends have gone somewhere, or are gone for good, so I’m not sure who my audience is anymore. Someone is going to have to get rid of a lot of paper in shadow box frames in the future.

The Samurai Crab can be viewed at the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC.

Happy New Year, onward and upward!

Thanks for visiting me.


12 thoughts on “What’s Next?

  1. How exciting to have this opportunity! Now you have a reason to keep creating, which should keep you healthy. So, don’t sound so depressed.

    Best regards,
    Diane (Wall’s delivery service)

  2. Good that you’re still kicking. I’m in there too. But, for how long, that’s a good question. My folks lived to be 90, so i can expect the same–God willing.

    I’m glad you put a new post on your site. I got used to seeing one every month, but I understand it’s old age getting in the way. There are more important things than posting–I guess.

    As always, Leo, your work is the best. I love your color–it sings in my eyes.

  3. Hi Leo! The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is proud to welcome you back! Your show several years ago was a ‘jumping off point’ for our exhibits program then and we hope was a similar starting point for you in your life and work in Asheville.
    Age? SchmAge! We are not counting the years!
    Blessings to you Leo.

  4. Leo, can’t believe your 85. If you told me you were 75 I would believe you! Excited about you showing at the arboretum again. That’s where my husband Chuck first met you and when he purchased our first piece.
    Anyway, it’s obvious you live what you do .
    Keep creating. Keep teaching.
    Sandy Schorr

  5. I’m just sorry I can’t be there to see it. I am really an ardent fan of your work. I have loved paper sculpture since we were at Chouinard. I really don’t remember that anyone there taught it. I do remember a student named Paul Galbraith who did beautiful paper sculptures. Don’t know what ever happened to him. Lots of luck!

    • Carlos…no one taught it although Bob Winquist was a great paper sculptor and had taught it at Chouinard a few years before we arrived.
      Galbraith might have head one of those classes…Never heard of him in the illustration business…Thanks for subscribing to my blogs…
      I always want to have old friends around…leo

  6. You’ve always been in harmony. So I know your audience will continue to be anyone who appreciates color — and harmony. A bunch of folks, I’m thinking.

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