The Lynching of Wesley Everest

Armistice Day, November 11, 1919, was a celebration marking the end of World War I and commemorating the millions of victims. The memorial parade kicked off with the usual fanfare as local civic organizations and war veterans marched in full regalia. As the parade unevenly wound its way through Centralia, the Chehalis contingent of the American Legion passed in front of the IWW Union Hall.

Both sides agree that the Centralia contingent, which was beginning to press up on the Chehalis contingent, paused just before reaching the site of the hall. As the gap began to open back up with the Chehalis group, Warren Grimm turned to address his troops and uttered the command “Halt. Close up.” at which point the front ranks began to mark time.

At this moment, the American Legion and the IWW believe in radically different series of events which still evoke bitter arguments. Mired in confusion, both views contain glaring inconsistencies and both certainly have at least some elements of truth.

According to the American Legion, this realigning of ranks presented Wobbly Eugene Barnett, stationed in the Avalon, a direct shot at Grimm. The bullet from Barnett’s high powered rifle caught Grimm in the chest, passing through his body and eviscerating him where he stood. Legionnaire McElfresh, standing nearby, was next. Hit in the brain by a .22 caliber bullet allegedly fired from Seminary Hill over 500 yards away, he was killed instantly. As the mortally wounded Grimm was dragged to the sidewalk, additional shots rained down on the unarmed Legionnaires. At this point, caught between dying in the open and charging their ambushers, the Legionnaires stormed the Roderick and surrounding buildings.

In contrast, the IWW claims that, as the Legionnaires paused, a small group, possibly with Grimm’s complicity, broke off and charged the RoderickRoderick Hotel with the intent to repeat the events of the previous year. When this initial group broke down the doors, the Wobblies, fearing for their lives, fired in self defense. As the first group of Legionnaires fell back in disarray, Grimm was gut shot in the entrance of the hall leading a second group of attackers. McElfresh was then shot by John Doe Davis, one of the few Wobblies never to be captured, as he waited his turn outside.

Evidence supports and contradicts both theories. First, Grimm’s and McElfresh’s wounds were caused by rifle bullets fired at medium to long range, not revolvers, and the blood trails from both men began in the middle of the street. In contrast, the IWW claims that Grimm and McElfresh were two of the three “secret committeemen” behind the Centralia Conspiracy and point to the significant fact that Grimm did give the order to halt in front of the Wobbly hall. The American Legion counters by pointing out what they believe is the incriminating coincidence that Grimm and McElfresh were the first two men killed by the Wobblies and both were shot in the street over 100 feet away from the Roderick on the north side of Second Street on Tower Avenue. The IWW responds with a statement by Dr. Frank Bickford asserting that he personally led the raid and that the Legionnaires initiated the conflict. Dr. Bickford later testified, “the door of the I.W.W. was kicked open before the shooting from inside began.” The Legionnaires counter that Bickford was a lying braggart and, by his own admission on the stand, was legally deaf and thus could not know when the shooting actually started. The Legionnaires further counter with statements from IWW member Tom Morgan who was inside the Wobbly hall during the massacre and testified “that shots were fired before any rush was made upon the I.W.W. Hall”. The IWW replies that Tom Morgan committed perjury in order to “make a deal,” as evidenced by all charges against him being dropped. Both sides have additional eyewitnesses that support their side of the story. Most of the witnesses supporting the IWW’s version of events were members of various unions. Most of those supporting the American Legion’s version were war veterans and local businessmen sympathetic to the Legion.

A third theory was advanced by defense counsel George Vanderveer. In his opening statement, Vanderveer said “I exonerate now and forever the American Legion from any responsibility for this. They were made catpaws.” According to Vanderveer, as the Centralia contingent of Legionnaires began to pass by the Wobbly hall, a small group of men did in fact attempt to storm the building. However, although a few Legionnaires as individuals may have participated, the main aggressors were from the Centralia Citizens’ Committee acting at the behest of F.B. Hubbard, president of the Eastern Railway & Lumber Company. Grimm, facing partially backwards towards the first platoon, would have seen this movement and assumed they were his troops. Thus, his command “Halt. Close Up.” makes more sense and could have been an attempt to return those men to the parade. However, when Wobblies saw this smaller group of men start towards their union hall, they naturally opened fire. Since the main body of Legionnaires was facing forward, they would not have seen this smaller group and, thus, honestly believed that they were fired upon first. In addition, these packed Legionnaires, including Grimm, standing stationary in the street would have been the easiest targets.

Much of this theory depends upon the character of Grimm. Like Elmer Smith, he may simply have been a man unfortunately caught in the middle. Although anti-Wobbly, he also seemed a man of outstanding character who valued personal respect and order in the ranks.

After these opening movements, the next series of events is somewhat agreed upon, as the group (or second group) of enraged Legionnaires charged the hall. Legionnaire Bernard Eubanks took a bullet in the leg on the curb in front of the Wobbly hall and Eugene Pfitzer was shot through the arm.

Then, as additional Legionnaires broke into the hall and began to overpower the armed men, Wobbly Wesley EverestWesley Everest ran for the back of the hall. Everest shot and killed Legionnaire Ben Cassagranda. Legionnaire Earl Watts was shot next and fell within a few feet of the mortally wounded Cassagranda. Everest was able to escape out the rear of the Roderick Hotel, firing at his pursuers and reloading as he ran. Legionnaire Alva Coleman grabbed a non-functioning revolver (either from a captured Wobbly or a nearby house) and began to chase Everest. Shot and wounded by Everest, he passed the revolver to Legionnaire Dale Hubbard, a noted athlete, who caught up with Everest as the Wobbly was trying to ford the Skookumchuck River. Pointing the useless revolver at Everest, Hubbard ordered Everest to drop his gun and surrender. It is not known whether Hubbard knew his revolver was useless. Everest most certainly would have assumed it was not. Everest, already having killed one Legionnaire, wounding two more, and unable to cross the river, turned and shot Hubbard and seriously wounded Legionnaire John Watt. Everest returned to shore and, according to the townsmen next to arrive on the scene, proceeded to pistol whip the mortally wounded Hubbard before being subdued. In contrast, IWW memoirs make no mention of this final brutal act. (There is some confusion regarding the identities of Earl Watts and John Watt and where they were wounded.)

All of the captured Wobblies were taken to the local jail. Elmer Smith, who did not take part in the actual massacre, was also rounded up and incarcerated. There is also some confusion over whether IWW leader Britt Smith was jailed at this point or captured soon afterwards. Wobbly Loren Roberts, 16, turned himself in on November 13. Then, as the hunt for escaped Wobblies continued over the next few days, Deputy Sheriff John M. Haney was killed on November 15. This final fatality was most likely caused by friendly fire. Bert Bland was the last Wobbly captured on November 19.

Death of Wesley Everest

As evening fell on November 11, 1919, a vigilante mob began to form outside the jailhouse. Suddenly, the power grid at the municipal electric power plant was turned off, plunging the town into darkness. Whether this person responsible was working alone, supporting the growing mob, or was acting under the direction of Centralia’s sheriff remains another disputed issue.

Under cover of darkness, the mob seized Wesley Everest. Although Everest’s personal identity was unknown, with some believing him to be IWW leader Britt Smith, he was positively recognized as the Wobbly who had shot and killed both Cassangranda and Hubbard. Everest was the only Wobbly taken from the jail. The later details surrounding the death of Everest are as hotly and violently contested as the death of Warren Grimm.

The IWW claims that the mob proceeded to beat Everest, caving in his teeth with a rifle butt and castrating the helpless man. They then carried him to the bridge on Mellon Street, tied a noose around his neck, and threw him over the edge three times, the final toss breaking his neck and killing him. That bridge was later known as the “Hangman’s Bridge.”Hangmans Bridge

Centralia’s town records make no mention of the beating, let alone any castration. The coroner’s report lists the cause of death as “suicide.” Centralia’s prosecutor, Herman Allen, claimed that he would prosecute the lynching if any evidence was brought forth. However, none of the vigilantes were ever charged.

Unfortunately, the coroners of Centralia or nearby Chehalis did not check Everest’s body. As a result, there was no physical evidence to support either position. However, considering the mood of the mob that night and what Everest had done, Everest was almost certainly beaten and hanged. He was eventually buried in an unmarked grave. Everest became one of the union’s best known martyrs.

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Final Sketches…Maybe…

October 31, 2010

Well another day is almost up and again I have had very little time to devote to catching you readers up to the project as it now stands.  So here we go…
Now that I have received the go ahead to create the rest of the sketches for the ceiling of the Labor Temple Bar, it is time that I actually measure out  the panels that will be painted.  With this information I have to create a grid for each of the different panels.  The grid is important for the simple fact that it will make it easier for me to blow up the image to fit their specific panel.  After each of the grids are done it is time to start drawing.

Re-Draw of North Entrance Panel
As you saw before I had created a perspective as if you were looking up at the city.  I need to recreate this now, but the panel was so much longer then I originally thought.  I decided to basically take what I had drawn originally and stretch it out to fit the actual size of the panel.  But instead of using one vanishing point, I would make a second vanishing point for the other side and just add more buildings.

As you can see it is pretty much the same but with a lot more detail.  There are some different buildings going on but you see the similarities.

Sketch #2 – The Sub Rosa Story
Originally they were going to change the name from Vela to Sub Rosa, which is what I based my sketches on.  Under the Rose remember denote confidence and privacy within the establishment.  I was having a really hard time thinking of what to do next.  The only thing that was popping into my head was these Renaissance Paintings of Aphrodite and a vision of Harpocrates, the God of Silence, with his mouth sewn shut as he held a rose over her.  The story goes a little like this, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, who married Hephaestus, the God of Labor, had an affair with Ares, the God of War, among others.  So Aphrodite then picked a rose and gave it to her son Eros, the God of Sexual Love and Beauty, who then took this rose to Harpocrates who deemed the rose a symbol that no one is to speak of Aphrodite’s indiscretions while under the rose.  Knowing that I would try to recreate that scene over the panel that was above the office entrance.  This sketch here is not the final sketch.  I mu go back and do it again because one, it kind of sucks and two I stole a ton of images from existing paintings to try to get a feel for how it might look in particular poses.  So more to come on this one.

Sketch #3 – The Hand Shake
One thing I began to notice during my research was how often I kept seeing the hand shake.  It was in Free Mason symbolism, and all over Labor Union logos as well.  I had this one panel that was very long and skinny that was at an angle down towards the floor.  It was the stairwell above in the Labor Temple and it was not going to be easy to paint the thing let alone come up with something to fit there.  But when I kept seeing the hand shake I thought that it just might work.  It is the piece that is definitely on the fence.
Notice the card up the Sleeve of the hand on the right.  Just remember you don’t always know what is up the persons sleeve when you make a deal.  Just watch your back sometimes.

Sketch #4 – The Thinker and the Laborer
The panel that I needed to work out next is one of the worst panels in the joint from my perspective.  It is the bottom of this slanted hand shake and makes the ceiling height, from 11′ to 8′ high.  Plus with the lighting they are planning on bringing in for the place, the panel is not lit by this lighting.  It has a single dome light off-center from the panel.  I decided that it would be best not to put too much detail into this panel and make it simple.  I didn’t want people to feel closterfobic while sitting there with what I put up on the ceiling.  The dome light now becomes the center piece of the panel as well as the only source of light.  First thing it needs is a new light.  Luckily I have a neighbor who is a glass artist who can help me.  The sketch you are about to see is also changing slightly. I have not decided whether or not to make the light’s dome a globe or a rose.  I think a rose, but it depends on how difficult that will be for my neighbor to do.otherwise the rays shooting out of where the light is will stay the same I think.  And the Thinker and the Laborer will now be painted down the wall instead of on the ceiling.  But you get the point.

Sketch #5 – The Everett Massacre
The Everett Massacre is a horrible story of senseless death.  On that day in November 1916 the International Workers of the World boarded the Verona and the Calista a pair of steamers from Seattle bound for Everett.  Their plan was to support the shinglers union in their right to free speech over their drop in wages.  Earlier that week during a rally in Seattle there was talk of the violence that could happen if they were to take part in this free speech rally in Everett.  There was one particular person who called for a riot when they got there.  Word made it to Everett that the Wobblies
(I.W.W.) were coming and that they planned to incite riots and fight anyone who stood in their way.  240 Wobbleis boarded the Verona and another 60 boarded the Calista.  In Everett, Sheriff Donald MacRae of Snohomish County was dead set on not letting this, what he thought was a violent mob, dock in his city.  So the Sheriff deputized around 500 local businessmen to keep the Verona from docking. The Verona was the first to arrive at the loading dock in Everett, and it could be heard the men on board singing their song, “Hold the Fort.”  Sheriff MacRae walked up to the boat and asked, “Who is your leader?  They all answered, “We all are!”  The sheriff proceeded to tell them that they could not dock here and that it was in their best interest to turn around and go back to Seattle.  The Wobblies weren’t having it.  Then suddenly a shot rang out, no one knows where the shot came from, but the Deputies unloaded everything they had at the boat.  The men on board ran to the other side of the boat to try to escape gunfire causing the ship to list to one side.  Then the railing on the boat snapped and wobblies began to fall into the water.  Sheriff Macrae setup more men on a tugboat out in the harbor who began to fire on the men falling into the water. The Verona’s captain was able to pull the ship away from the dock and escape the massacre.  After it was all said and done it was reported that 7 people were killed 5 I.W.W. members and 2 deputies.  It was later reported that as many as 12 I.W.W. member could have died due to drowning and the 2 deputies who died were shot in the back by their own comrades.  Pretty bloody event that could have been avoided i think.  But it was the wild, wild west back then and the media portrayed the I.W.W. as the Wild, wild Wobblies.  Oh, and by the way, the man who was in sighting violence at the rally was a private investigator who was hired by a group of businessmen.  That is really shitty.

Sketch #6 – Death to Scabs
Woody has gotten to know all the Union boys since taking over Vela, and has started to get a good rapport with them.  But the one thing he suggested to me was that he always feels like the Union members want to punch scabs or rats (workers who come in and take over union jobs while they are on strike) in the face.   Then my friend Bob told me about his cousin who live in New York and how they have these large inflatable rats that they blow up during a strike where the company hires on scabs.  I really liked the idea and put my pencil to it.  I happened to be down there one night and a group of Union members came down for a beer one night while i was showing Woody the progress of the sketches.  This one was their favorite.

Here are 6 of 11. More to come.

Back at it today…

October 31, 2010

Yesterday and today I was back at it. And I feel pretty good about my progress. The North Entrance panel is a little over half drawn now. And as I move along the project actually feels do able. When I first started it felt very daunting, but now that I have some lines up I know I got this.

Yesterday and day I found out how stiff my next was going to be after this is all said and done. I did notice today that I started to get a bit more used to it. It will be better when the scaffolding is in. Right now I am using a ladder so not to impede the projections of the sketches.

By the way, I hope to have all of the maybe final sketches up tonight with their explanations.

The projections of the sketches are helping me subsidize the initial sketch on the ceiling. It is a wonderful thing. I have been using a combination of graphite and charcoal. The charcoal is good for that instant depth.

See you with more soon.

Just a note.

October 29, 2010

I apologize for these posts being out of order like they are. It has been difficult for me to find time to sit down at the computer and make these updates. Hopefully after this weekend I will be able to catch up and make this site current. Talk at you soon.

 

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Detail Sub Rosa

Detail Sub Rosa

When I started my sketches towards the Labor Temple Bar project I really did not know what I was going to do. I began with a preliminary sketch that I thought would go in a particular panel on the ceiling. Even though I had not done any measurements yet, I thought of it as an overall tonal piece to get the ball rolling. Knowing that it would have to be redone eventually to fit the scale of the panel it was intended for. I definitely needed to start something.

Through my travels and studies I have admired many a fresco in my time. Now it was time to create my vision of a beautiful piece for people to admire. With such a great theme to work from and as nervous as I am to take on such a project at this scale, surprisingly my pencil went to the paper with great ease. Normally I categorize myself as a painter and not much of a sketch artist, more of a doodler really.  My painting have very little sketching before I start and a lot of paint straight to canvas. I tend to see myself striving for instant gratification in my work, this sort of now or never feeling, which I admit can be my down fall from time to time. I knew that the only way I was going to be successful was to plan out all the details in advance so that there would be no question about what I was doing or how I was going to do it.

Looking up at the ceiling I knew that I wanted to create as much depth as possible. I wanted some of the panels to seemingly go on forever. How was I going to do that exactly, perspective. With the minuscule amount of architectural schooling I have, the one thing that I really pulled out of MSOE was a pretty good understanding of how perspective works. I thought I would try an ants view of the city, with suggestive imagery of labor and secret societies.

I started by walking around the city and taking pictures with my phone of buildings with the approximate perspective I was looking for, almost straight up. Conveniently I have Jose, my dog who pulls me all over this fair city of ours and I was able to get a lot of the material I needed. Some of the pictures were buildings that can be considered staples to Seattle and some were not. I decided to avoid structures such as the space needle or the Columbia Tower because they are obvious selections that are used  time and time again. I was looking for a collection of buildings that would point out that it was Seattle to the people in the know but not make it so deliberate so that I could also be anywhere.

Next I did several google image search of laborers, from steel workers, masons, longshoremen, window washers, machinists, roofers, printers, etc. You name it, I found an image of them. I wanted to make a city that you looked up at into the sky with images of the struggle it takes to build such a city. With an “Under the Rose” theme I started with a vanishing point in the center of my drawing of a 5 petal rose. This will be what everything will point to. At the entrance side of the panel I thought that if you were walking in to the bar you should see the images of workers building a wall that was closing out where you just came from, the city and industry. The thought being that you are entering a safe place that you are welcome to speak your mind without fear of any repercussions.

The city would then wrap around the panel showing a group of union members on strike, to help us remember why we fight. This group would be shown coming into contact with ‘so called’, members of the rose, handing them a rose which would be a metaphor for the secret of free thought and brotherhood. Now the strikers have become initiates into this secret society. The piece would be laid out geographically to its place within the city. The city being down one half of the panel, where the city is actually located. And the other side being the Puget Sound with images of our port and the horizon.

I began drawing in a scaffolding surrounded by a rose-bush in front of a brick wall. Not very difficult to render once I perfected sketching roses. My vanishing point was in the center of the panel, which made my perspective pretty easy to do. Once the, what I am calling, the never finished wall was in place, I needed to fill the scaffolding with the laborers who were building it. And once they were in place it was time to start in on the city. The port of Seattle with it large dinosaur like cranes on the left, industry smoke stacks behind the wall in the middle and the city wrapping around to the right.

I went down to the port to try to get some good perspective pictures of the cranes. They have that place locked up pretty tight so I got as close as I could to them and snapped some shots. They were not at the perspective I needed them to be but the were close enough. One of my favorite buildings in Seattle is the old Steam Factory on Western Avenue. Not because it is a beautiful building but it has the type of smoke stack that I was looking for as well as it is an all round dirty looking building. Perfect for my image of industry that I could use for bringing up a sense of pollution with dark ominous smoke looming over the scene.

I began to stack buildings on top of buildings, really with no particular rhyme or reason to them to fill out the city. The Smith Tower, the Camlin Hotel, the King Street Station Clock Tower, the Seattle Art Museum and so on. Then adding in a strike in progress as I moved down the right side of the piece. I threw in a few smaller structures down towards the other end of the panel then I needed to think about the Segway into the secret society theme.

While trying to figure out how to move into the secret society theme I added another rose garden at the south end of the panel.  Originally I thought that each panel would be surrounded by roses. But after a while I just got tired of drawing them. I added in the viaduct as a path to the secret. Not for any good reason except that the viaduct will eventually come down and it is my favorite highway to jump on to view the city. At the end of the viaduct I was trying to come up with a type of temple looking structure that could be the start of the secret society imagery. I decided to use the Free Mason Pillars of knowledge. One pillar holds the earth and the other the stars 6 of 7. The earth represent man, day and good, the stars 6 of 7 represent woman, night and evil. I added a 3rd pillar in a triangular formation that held the all-seeing eye. The 3 pillars together are holding up a pyramid with a checker board underneath of it also representing good and evil. In the Free Mason structure there are 33 degrees in which you must master to become a Master Mason, so I added a spiral staircase that led from the end of the viaduct up around the pillars of knowledge and disappearing behind the pillar holding the all-seeing eye to represent those 33 degrees.

Like I said before I just needed to get something started and set the tone of the over all piece. When I thought that I was close enough to a finished piece I took it to Woody to get his opinion. All and all he was very happy. It was along the lines of what he was looking for and from what he said better than he expected. Thank god. Once you start a project like this and have as much artistic freedom as they have given me, it is extremely nerve-racking when you go and so them a preliminary sketch like this.

Only problem now was, the panel I drew was only one half of the actually dimension of that panel I planned it for. Back to the drawing board to see how I can stretch this out times 2.

I worked for about 4 hours tonight on the sketches on the ceiling. I did not get as far as I would have liked, but it is moving forward. I am using a projector to try to subsidize my time. It is working ok, but I only get about 4′ by 2.5′ at a time. I am looking into a better lens, but I need to use what I have for the time being. Whatever it takes. As soon as I finish my current draft of how I came up with my images you will see what I am actually doing. But until then this is what you get.

I did find out tonight that some things are changing. Like walls. That is a big deal because it will cause me to do new sketches. I don’t mind to much because I am not dead set on everything I have done.

But so far so good. More on Saturday.

I woke up today just like any other day. Took a shower grabbed Jose to do his morning business. My precious Brandy was getting ready for her day. Things were good. Went to work at the print shop folded 3000 brochures, made a bunch of presentation folders. Pretty chill all and all.

I asked my supervisor what the next week was going to look like for jobs coming threw the shop. I was trying to look ahead for opportunities to get down to the Labor Temple. She tells me that we are going to be getting busy really soon, tomorrow and mid November.

Suck!

Right when I need my job to slow down it picks way up. That is really good for the Print Shop, and I will be there getting it done. I wish it was 2 months ago when we had the opportunity to collect partial unemployment. Oh well, life goes on. The Labor Temple bar may just have to be patient and understand that the weekends are going to be it.

But then my supervisor tells me that today is a pretty good day to leave a little early and work on my project. The Labor Temple Bar re-opens Saturday, and Woody asked me today if we could have a few of the other panels started before they open.

OK… Here we go.

I send precious a message telling her that I could really use tonight to get down there and get some work done. She is not happy, and understandably. I have been so focused on this project that I have neglected her and some of my responsibilities. The conversation seemed to go pretty well and I thought we came to an understanding. I got off work rushed home on the bus. Thought I could help clean the house take out Jose, eat dinner and go to the Labor Temple.

Everything went smoothly, cleaned, walked, laundry, sandwich. Great done, now I can get ready to go to round 2 of ceiling work.

I spoke to soon.

We misunderstood one another. I did not communicate properly, which I do a lot. I think I have it in my mind that people can read it and I don’t always have to say it out loud. After about a 30 minute guilt of silence Brandy understood mostly and let me go.

Baby I will make it up to you.

Now I am hear and need to get to work.

The Labor Temple Bar is now in its remodeling stage. Woody and the boys are working hard to try to get everything ready by Friday when they are going to reopen with the 1st stage of their new look. They are getting the ceilings prepped for me to get going on the 11 panels I am about to paint. Everyday my excitement level goes up.

So to try to catch up again today to make this blog current I will continue where I left off, research. I have gone through a lot of labor union history at this point, and I will tell you that at this time I was having a hard time pulling my focus off of Labor Unions switching it over to Secret Societies. I was having Labor Union overload. This is where Joseph comes in as my research assistant. Joseph has long been interest in so called conspiracy theories and secret societies, I knew that he was going to point me in the right direction.

Joseph begins to let me in on the secrets of the world by sending a file folder titled: relevant info. Within this folder I find several PDF files, books on alchemy, sacred geometry, the history of secret societies dating back 20,000 B.C., and initiation booklets into the Rosecrutions and the Free Masons. On top of that he sent me images and symbols used in different secret societies and labor.

So I begin to sift thought the information that I just received. It was a touch over my head at first, but as I dug I started to discover different groups such as the Free Masons, the Priory of Sion, the Rosecrutions, Rennes la Chateau, Skull and Bones, the Templar Knights and the Mystery Schools of ancient Egypt and before, as well as the Commission on Foreign Affairs and the Builderberg Group. What I found is that there are a great deal of similarities between these groups and some of the more current groups could possibly be old societies with new names. They all seem to have their secrets but what could be is the secrets they hold could be collectively different parts of a larger secret. This I can not tell you with my knowledge, but it is obvious to me that they all have crossed paths in the past and speak of similar secrets to the knowledge of the worlds mysteries.

Black and White checker boards, compass, squares, the cross, the all seeing eye, the flower of life, the tree of life, the eagle, stars 6 of 7, the earth, the moon, man, woman, the rose, the arch, the pillars of knowledge, the phoenix, a plum, skulls, bones, a coffin, a pentagram, the scales, the torch, a lion, a bull, snakes wrapped around a blade and so on are all symbols that litter the broad spectrum of these groups. Plenty for me to decipher and to work into my sketches. To much I might say, but on the scale of this project the perfect amount of symbols to help me fill the spaces I need to fill. Next up this busy bee starts sketching.

The End of a Long Day.

October 26, 2010

So today started out very exciting with the Labor Temple Project nearing full swing and having time to commit to it.  But as the day comes to an end and my weary body lets me know that it was a long day.  On a ladder for 4 hours in the morning and huffing paper for 7 at the Print Shop and updating Jay Mason Art to try to catch up to the current day.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  It is doing season people, no hibernation for me this fall and winter.  It is time to do good work and move forward this life’s passion.  Talk to you tomorrow

So before I get back to the story, today was the first day that I put the pencil to the ceiling. I did projection test with my av guy James and it went off without a hitch.

It is crazy to me to think that I am going to be lying horizontal for such long periods of time. But putting those first lines down, or should I say up, was exhilarating. Even though I only got through a space that was only about 2′ by 4′, I can already imagine what the rest of this panel with look like.

Next day down there could be Saturday. The day job has to still come first at Security Press, as well as my beautiful girl friend Brandy. She will kill me if I drop the ball on any of my other responsibilities. Me too for that matter. Talk at you soon.