12" x 16" acrylic and painted paper on wc paper
What does this all have to do with the above piece of art? There has been a controversy surrounding the draw down date this year because of the drought. There has been talk of the date being earlier than expected in order to cool the water for the fish. The big concern though is that the lake would be drawn down below the intake pipe for the water supply. Our local water district is taking steps to possibly relocate those pipes but that doesn't happen overnight. It may not even be necessary. It's a pickle is all I can say. For my piece though I pictured before and after levels of water, as if that could be visible in a side-slice or section. I also pictured some gray/blue color possibly denoting pipes and some of the red/orange to represent the color of dirt around here.
Anyway, the term and concept of manipulating water levels is fascinating to me. Honestly, I knew nothing about our water supply system here in the Western US until quite recently. Talk about complicated. Even learning the language of water distribution has been difficult. I used to live in an incredibly populated area in CA. We turned on the water and didn't give it a second thought. I had no idea that the water we so freely enjoyed came from the area in which I now live. In point of fact, it comes from much higher up, in the Sierras but is stored in a reservoir not more than 10 miles away from my current home.
Everything connected with water allocation and distribution seems to be of interest to me, including the history of how water itself has shaped our life here in the west. The subject has been fueling my work this year in one way or another. It's really not anything I could have predicted.
OK, happy Thursday to anyone reading. Hope the week is going well.