This long COVID winter…

Blue_Spring 2021 Cookie Fortune

This long COVID winter…

… has been a beast: filled with hard times for so many, me included.

I was forced to make some changes—all for the better, in truth—and though the uncertainty was troubling while everything was in flux, I’m happy to have made it through.

I suppose we all know the feeling. Everyone gets their turn in the crucible. Powerlessness, disappointment. All the Buddhist books I read and podcasts I listened to couldn’t take the feeling away. But they did give me permission to sit with it. To find space in the discomfort to breathe. Which is a lot in a moment of contraction.

On the creative front, I did complete another pass at my novel-in-process. So all was not lost. At 52,000+ words, it’s a heavy lift. I believe it will take another draft, or two. Gonna set it aside for a spell, come back to it with fresh eyes. Though I’d love to be done, it’s not a race.

For the moment, I’m delighting in electric guitar. Amazing how much pleasure a $90 warped neck axe can give. Woo!

I hope you’re doing well, too. Or at least the best you can. Spring is here. Thanks for checking in. Back with another note soon…

Simple Pleasures

Blue Bernese Mountain Dog Goes for a Ride

Simple Pleasures

The older I get, the more I appreciate the simple things.

Seen here on a sunny February day, our dog goes for a ride and sticks her head out the window.

All I can think is how great it feels to make this happen for her.

 

 

Taos, New Mexico

Blue Taos Pueblo Snow 2019 Web

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico holds a special place in my heart. The landscape is mind-boggling. The history is complex, multi-cultural, troubling, caring, and rich in lessons for us all. The people are amazing.

I love, love, love it there.

So I thought to share this photo taken on a quiet snowy morning on the Taos Pueblo. To remind me of this place I love.

 

 

 

Electric Guitar In My Life

Electric Guitar Back In My Life

Electric Guitar In My Life

It’s been a minute since my last post. Lots happening, of course.

I’m hard at work on my next book. It’s a doozy. So it may take a year or two before it’s ready to share. Hang with me.

In the meantime, I’m strumming this electic guitar when I need a break. So much fun.

My fingers hurt. Wack buzzy sounds in every direction. And the occasional clean progression that rings true, too.

Being a beginner again is the best. It’s slow. It’s clunky and ham-fisted. But the gains are many. And, you know, learning feels good.

 

 

An Old Drawing

An Old Drawing

I dug up a digital copy of this pencil drawing from years ago (2005?).

What fun to find old work kickin’ around the corners of the hard drive!

Thinking I should start making time to draw again…  Or get in shape…

Art or fitness? Art or fitness?

Hmmmm…

Potato, Tomato, and Squash

Blue Potato Tomato Squash

Potato, Tomato, and Squash

2018 has been a great year in the garden. Lots of work; lots of delicious food for family and friends.

This past weekend, I gathered the potato, tomato, and squash seen here. They struck me as an elegant suite of colors, so I paused for a quick photo. Right after rinsing, freshly picked vegetables sometimes seem to glow.

A simple life’s alright.

 

Introducing Mango and Fudgy

Mango and Fudgy

Introducing Mango and Fudgy

Mango and Fudgy are our closest neighbors. They live in the field at the end of our driveway. They’re awesome.

This morning Mango asked if you can still be an artist if you don’t follow the art world.

I dunno, I said. Not sure it matters.

Well… if you need us we’ll be over here in the shade, Fudgy said. It’s awful hot today.

Reclamation at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT

Reclamation Helen Day Art Center 2018

Reclamation at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT

Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT will be showing Reclamation, an exhibition featuring nationally acclaimed, contemporary figurative women artists painting women from their perspective and experience.

Go see it!

 

Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \

June 15-September 8, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 5pm – 7pm
Public Program: Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ TALKSAugust 4th, 7pm at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center

Rachel Moore – Director and Curator, Helen Day Art Center
Diane Feissel – Artist, Co-founder of Women Painting Women, and Co-Curator
August Burns – Artist and Co-Curator