'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Rare Sighting of A Native Skier

'Native Skier' acrylic and wood assemblage
©robin r kent

Winter is still with us but the snow has been in hiding. Not to worry - February and March are usually our snowiest months anyway.

Even though Vermonters are born wearing skis, back in 'the day,' most didn't spend much time on the slopes. Too expensive. Snowshoeing was the winter sport of choice.

I live in the town where they once made Tubbs snow shoes. Tubbs made the best snow shoes. They're sold by L.L.Bean, EMS, etc. and were preferred by Admiral Byrd and Norman Vaughan on their trek to the South Pole.

I think they've had snow there.


oldblackcatboo said...

Once again...LOVE IT!
Is snowshoeing like cross-country skiing at all?
I did THAT once.
At first I thought it was GLORIOUS!
Flying across the snow. :)
Then when we turned back I realized that we had a good wind to our backs the whole time.
:( Needless to say, I was exhausted and windburned by the time we got back.

Carole said...

Hasn't this been another strange winter! Your skier looks like he's enjoying himself on the slopes. I love your work Robin. It always makes me smile. A great gift to be able to make people smile. Keep warm.

Robin Kent said...

Cindi, not much gliding with snowshoeing so you can't easily get yourself in trouble being too far from home. It's more like hiking wearing your father's shoes?
Carole, I was looking out the kitchen window at the grass. Not a normal scene this time of year, but good for locals with poor footing or balance issues.

Sand said...

We have had very little snow where I live this year. I have cross-country skied often in Vermont VonTrap (5k up hill 5k down) and Smugglers (the best country course). I should have worn a checkered jacket I would have looked a lot cooler. Nice work.

DJ said...

Delightful work, Robin! Are these shapes "found" or designed/cut by you? Each is so appropriate for the mood of the piece; I'm impressed.

Robin Kent said...

DJ, I'd say most times 85-90% are the shards from previous pieces (see March 18th post-'Sorting Chaos'). So much inspiration just laying around. I don't think any of the 'Native Skier' was deliberate. Well, maybe his head, which is the part I usually tweak when necessary. If needed, I'll cut pieces to fill in the blanks, but if not done judiciously, they turn out looking contrived. You can see the saw blade cuts still intact on head and body of June 15th's post "Dreams and other-worldly places.I did cut out the coffee cup.