Faux prop whiskey, round 2.
The first batch of faux whiskey was looking rather green under the stage lights, so I’ve mixed up a new recipe using burnt sugar as the base. The actor drinking the concoction on stage is open to trying the sweet water, so I got to cooking.
I used Eric Hart and Sara Today blogs as reference to come up with the following:
Create a “base”: Heat 1 cup sugar over medium heat until it caramelizes. Stirring always. Slowly add 4 cups warm/hot water. It will sizzle, a lot, be careful. Keep stirring. Eventually the sugar and water will combine together into a dark caramel brown liquid. Let cool.
To make the “whiskey”: Mix 1 cup of “base” with 4 cups of water. Done.
Your whiskey on stage will be less green and your actor will not choke on powdery ice tea.
Whiskey on stage: No tea. No coffee. No powdered ice tea. No flat soda. No caramel-burnt sugar base. And no burnt toast (what?). This was the challenge: water and food coloring. Not a bad outcome I think.
There are times that you remember the past and miss the days gone by. There are times that throw you into the present. There are times that are full of emotion and mourning. There are times that you celebrate what the future has to hold. There are times that you cannot believe the love that surrounds you. There are times that you are thankful for the rain. There are times that you celebrate the sun.
And then there are times that you build a misting machine sculpture of salvaged and recycled materials and shoot LED lights at it that are self-sustaining droplets. And there are times that digging through a long forgotten prop storage leaves you covered in dust, older than you know.
June, was all of these times.
So inspiring is the green outdoors. Finally the weather has broken to allow another season of beautiful sunshine. A week on the road spent caring for my grandmother, tending to some dancers and spending time with family still allowed for a couple of wanderings into the woods to commune with the trees, find a mini [Niagara] waterfall, and a sun dial buried in the forest.
Summer projects are ongoing. My creative soul is soaking up the sunshine.
I am involved in a joint research venture with several colleagues. This weekend we had a gallery presentation of some of our individual work. My contribution was a light and materials site-specific sculpture that was built and displayed in the front gallery window. The projection behind the sculpture was designed by Chantal Calato. The entire gallery exhibit had a sense of duality and melding of imagery between individual pieces. It was serendipitous that our pieces collided. My artistic statement is below:
Niagara Falls have long been a source of inspiration. They are an impressive power and have been a source of power. The amount of water that tumbles over the precipice is staggering. The thickness and texture of the water at this point are qualities that are continually intriguing.
At the base of the Horseshoe Falls stands the Ontario Power Plant building, once the harnesser of hydroelectric power for the region. Now inoperable and abandoned, it is a hulking reminder of time forgotten.
Through site observation and history past, “Power & Poetry” seeks to capture these inspirations.