Robert D. Wilkie
"Birds Bathing at the Creek"
Spectra of Daylight through Coloured Gasses & Vapours.
Plates from William Allen Miller’s article On some cases of lines in the prismatic spectrum. Featured in Linda Hall Library’s exhibition, Wheels, Pyramids, and Spinning Tops: The Scientific Approach to Color.
My cat Trudy.
Look how tiny Trudy was when I first got her - almost four years ago.
A piece I’ve recently completed for the upcoming group show Beyond a Surface!
Daffodil: Okay, this is too hard, so the most recent most thoughtful present I have received was a nice warm duvet with a pretty cover from my boyfriend for Christmas, because he was tired hearing about the combination of cold weather in Portland, the inadequacy of my blanket situation, and my refusal to turn on the heater. It’s cute and warm and all, but the real reason it’s the best is that my cat Trudy loves it. LOOOOOVES it. She will get up on that duvet and start kneading and purring and her eyes go all funny like she’s hypnotized and she tries to burrow into it, and then she just, like, falls over and takes a nap. Joe basically bought me a cat trap.
Hibiscus: I played the violin from third grade through sixth grade, but switched to a band instrument in middle school. I wanted to play clarinet but needed to borrow an instrument the school owned, and they were out of clarinets by the time they got to my last name in the alphabet. I had read a book one or twenty times that had an oboe-playing character, so without a clear idea of what an oboe actually sounded like, I volunteered. And I’m glad I stuck with my oboe through my first year or so of sounding like a sad and angry duck. I played the oboe through middle school, high school, and college, in concert bands, marching bands (fun fact: I met my current boyfriend in high school marching band), orchestras, private lessons, and small ensembles. I played solos in Vaughn Williams’s English Folk Songs, Holst’s First Suite in E-flat for Military Band, and Beethoven’s Eroica. I was pretty good for a hobbyist player but not great for a dedicated player, which is why I never applied to Oberlin, because all those serious musicians would have given me a complex.
I haven’t really played since college. I’ve just let it get away from me… My Buffet Greenline (it’s never gonna split and I liked the tone better than the Loree anyway) needs a once-over and I’m not sure where to send her. But a few months ago I bought a new reed because I do really want to start playing again.
Also during my last marching band season in high school I had to get my wisdom teeth out and couldn’t play my oboe for a few months, so I had to play in the pit for field shows. My ex-girlfriend had to teach me the bells and xylophone, and we had to spend more than an hour every day all semester standing next to each other, trying and failing to be nice.
Daisy: How old were you when you had your first kiss?
Carnation: If I handed you a concert ticket right now, who would you want to be the performer?
Jasmine: What color looks best on you?
Foxglove: Name three facts about your family?
Allium: What’s the best thing you can cook?
Orange Blossom: If you could pick the gender and appearance of your child, would you?
Calla Lily: If you died right now, what song would you want to play at your funeral?
Poinsettia: Favorite holiday dish?
Oxlip: Would you ever get into a long distance relationship?
Primrose: Favorite kind of soup?
Daffodil: What’s the most thoughtful present you’ve ever received?
Rose: Are you currently in love with someone?
Amsonia: Would you ever become a vegan?
Peony: What’s your favorite hot beverage?
Tulip: For your birthday, what kind of cake do you ask for?
Myrtle: Do you like going on airplanes?
Hibiscus: Did you ever play an instrument? If so what?
Zinnia: Who was your best friend when you were six years old?
Poppy: What color was your childhood home?
Hydrangea: Starbucks order?
Violet: Do you like where you’re from?
Locust: What was your favorite book as a child?
Rhododendron: What’s the scariest dream you’ve ever had?
Queen Anne’s Lace: Would you rather carve pumpkins or wrap presents?
Magnolia: Favorite kind of candy?
Aster: Would you rather be cold or hot?
Marigold: Do you listen to what’s on the radio?
Heliconia: Do you like when it rains?
Azalea: What’s a movie you cried while watching?
Dandelion: Do you think you’re important?