Back in the studio making a mess with power tools and chisels has me feeling more like myself than I have felt in a good long while. I can hardly stand to take a day off since “work” entices. My paws are sore (out of shape) but it is SUCH a good feeling!!!
Monthly Archives: August 2010
Seasons in my world are usually punctuated with vivid challenging adventures: peaks, rivers, single track mountain bike trails, cliffs, slopes and frozen waterfalls. The past few seasons have been a bit of a blur without the periodic adventure punctuation points. Orange and red flashes in the foliage hint of autumn while crisp cool nights carry whispers of a new season.
My family had a poodle named “Fifi” when I was a tot. I don’t remember her being as glamorous as this little lady.
Last week was my first official "Pick of the Week." "Sage" sold in about 20 minutes when I announced the original artwork on Facebook. A few days later, some disturbing news arrived about my friend Walkin’ Jim Stoltz. How is it that one of the healthiest, kindest, most gentle of souls could be struggling with a nasty medical challenge? He has a place on his site for donations to help with the medical expenses and there it went – the moola from the first “Pick of the Week.” "Fifi" is half price. Her sale will support one charitable cause or another. Check out Jim’s site if you’ve a moment and a hankering to meet one of the extra special people who grace this planet (Jim is quite extrodinary)
Alas, the bunny surplus has led to tragedy. Maya (my cat) is an excellent mouser. She is a super handy housekeeper for cabin-love’n mice but unfortunately her skills don’t stop there. Lately she has been grounded for the most part which means that she is IN MY FACE a good deal at night. Her protest tactics are highly developed and range from subtle (sitting within whisker tickling range of my nose while staring at me) to less than subtle (jumping on me in the middle of the night, howling, scowling, mewing and flinging herself about). Ugh. Sadly, Miss Maya has successfully snuck out (I forgot to lock the screen door) or slunk out (I left the bathroom window open a crack while showering) or ran out (she ambushes me and scoots past while entering and exiting my house) which means that more than one bunny has gone to bunny heaven prematurely. Serious bummer…BIG bummer. Actually it is nightmarish to find a baby bunny ear on the bathroom floor. She brings the unfortunate furry little sweet rabbits inside my cabin to play with. Thus – bunny saving missions punctuate my life when sly Maya slinks past the fact that she is grounded. More than one bunny has ended up tucked into my underwear drawer and even cuddled, protected, and slept with (I just love a bunny under the covers). Alas, only one has successfully been nursed, made it through rehab and been returned to the great outdoors. The cute tiny little bugger grew an inch during the few days of loving captivity.
Inspired by the movie "Eat, Pray, Love" Julian Martin, a deep-souled, sparkly-eyed prolific artist from Nashville, TN decided to "hit the road." She contacted her galleries (Nashville, Santa Fe, etc.) to announce a sudden sale –40% off – all her artworks, raised $10,000 in two weeks, had a buddy build a custom painting rack in the back of her Jeep Liberty, packed a tent and art supplies and TOOK OFF!
After a month of adventures, her GPS and gumption brought her here last night to my little cabin at the end of the road near the top of a mountain in Montana. We drank wine while sitting next to a campfire on my deck under the stars and swapped stories. We had never met before but my dear friend Wynn introduced me to images of Julia’s delicate, bold and beautiful paintings more than a year ago.
I’m tickled and honored to have her up here on the mountain. She slept "like a baby" in Granny’s cabin last night. While drinking my tea outside this morning, Julia and "Miss Liberty" showed up. She stomped across my deck wearing short shorts, a flowing white blouse, red cowboy boots, and a grin.
We’re both off to make art…
"Communion" (the painting above) can be seen along with other paintings on her website http://julia-martin.com
Have I mentioned the powerful, creative, fun, funny, women with whom I currently share a large studio space? After a few decades of blissful hermitude + sweet solitary studio space – life has plopped me right down into the middle of a spacious building in Bozeman with two inspiring chicks.
Listening to the roosters’ crow, the hens cackle and the ducks quack – all that "carrying on" is my favorite part of working at the “studio” on the Texas ranch (well…that AND the air conditioning!)