Sunday, May 23, 2010

Where Have We Been Anyway?

Could  a month have passed since I last looked at this?  Time to blog again and lots to cover but will try for succinct! With two chilly art shows behind me, and tomatoes planted and row covered, off  Bill and I went to Arizona, Canyon de Chelly, and then Phoenix, via the Salt River Canyon, for respite and inspiration (with a three day car trip and 1300 miles, not for relaxation). I'll show, not tell.   

The following sumi Bill painted on returning:                      

A search for blooming cactus almost failed, till we landed at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Globe, AZ, east of Phoenix (thank you Google!) which is at the northernmost edge of the Sonoran Desert - finally  we had come far enough south, and low enough, to find cactus in bloom!
Canyon Flight - 19x18" Sumi-e
  and the resulting sumi/Chinese watercolor-
After dinner that evening with an old friend in Phoenix, we whipped back home on the third day in time to celebrate in succession Mother's Day, our 28th anniversary, and 3 days later, Bill's 80th birthday, a very sweet and small affair, which required as much preparation as any huge party - perhaps failure to clean regularly?  It finally had warmed up and what we call grass here (foxtails and cheat grass) had grown a foot everywhere, including flower beds, and needed aggressive action. 
I dressed waxes for delivery to the foundry guys, down from Colorado -

and several waxes of a colt for a fellow painter who has taken up sculpting. They'll be back in June with the "metal",the first of the editions of Reuben's Muse, and Passing Time and hopefully my guy Brian will have his shop up and running for chasing and patinaing so these are ready for the Loveland Sculpture Invitational in August.
Meanwhile, we'll be getting ready for the 1st EstrelladelNorte Wine and Music Festival in Nambe on June 12-13.  Bill and I will share a booth, show something of everything that we do, including his newest T-shirt, dubbed the "Bee T" , and are looking forward to a great time! After travel to Texas early June for a class reunion and some great salt-water fishing, the wine festival, and some more weeding and watering, I'll return to the SFSA shows in downtown Santa Fe in late June.  The grass is out of most of the flower beds, and meanwhile I've got a (maybe) great run of monotypes going! Guess there's good reason I haven't blogged in a bit.....

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