Some office jockeys are tossing their chairs and and using stand up desks. There are a lot of products you can buy spending anywhere from $150-6000 for stand up work stations.
I didn’t want to put my current workstation into a landfill, and I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that might not work for me. I spent $40 at the local hardware store, and built 2 bases for my workstation, raising everything to standing height.
It’s only been 2 days, aside from my feet being a little tired, I like standing while working. I can feel it is better for my back and posture. I also move a lot more. They say that standing improves blood circulation, and helps with thinking…and I’ll take any help I can get!!
Maybe someday, I’ll convert it into a treadmill desk. Yes, that is a real thing, look it up on google!
Yesterday was the 36th annual Stick Tight Man Winter Walk, hosted by Jim Lally and Jennifer Gleason of Sunflower Sundries farm. Unfortunately, I was in the city for the first half of the day, and I missed the group Winter Walk but I did get a chance to walk around the farm by myself, and enjoy a breathtaking sunset.
A wood stove with delicious local grown chili greeted cold walkers when they got back to the barn.
Followed by a evening of poetry
Live music, and dancing
We kept the chickens up all night…
One of my favorite artists, Sue Gorman, was there with her husband, Jeff, sketching the farm
Thanks for a great evening Jim+Jennifer, you know how to throw a great party!
I won’t name drop, but at the reception, I met some very interesting and inspirational people, and learned that Eliza Harris was a real person who escaped from a farm in Dover, Kentucky. Her story is well documented (in more than just ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’) She actually crossed the river 3 times to rescue her children.
In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I want to share my latest print.
It is a portrait of Kentucky Legend, Eliza Harris.
In a race for freedom, Eliza jumped across floating pieces of ice to cross the Ohio River with her baby.
At the Ohio Shore, she was greeted by a man who was going to return her to slavery…but after watching her death defying river crossing, he helped her connect with the ‘underground railroad’ where she was relocated to Canada.
This print was hard to photograph, because the bottom layer is a gold-metallic ink. It really should be seen in person.
For the Holidays, I made a series of cards for a printmaking activity with neighborhood children in the Pendleton community (downtown Cincinnati). Sorry, no pictures, there were 200 children and I was too busy!
Working on the cards was a lot of fun, so I have continued to make block print note cards.
My lovely assistant, Monkey, is holding her favorite (but she really likes the one with the birds too!)
They are unsigned and the edition is unlimited, so I can sell them for the low, low price of $5 each. These are original block prints, come with an envelope and make a great way to share original art with your friends (or keep for yourself!)
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, and pottery. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.