Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrating the FOURTH of JULY with Gratitude!

Intending to blog about the amazing people I have met at the art shows here in SF,  I realize there's even more to be grateful for than that on this Full Moon in Cancer just past and 4th of July too, so here it is!
Summer Solstice, 60 x 36 Ac/Canves

How many of you have met a pipe organ tuner? A casual question  I asked of a regular dude last Saturday at the SFSA art show turned into an opportunity for amazement when he replied "an organ tuner". A fascinating conversation about tuning forks and Bach, mega-churches in Texas, what the church organ (our church had a pretty big one) had meant to me as a child at a Methodist church, and the most beautiful organs in Houston (St. Martin's and ???) ensued. Mike Morgan, the Organ tuner! Connecting with people you have just met is awesome.
On Sunday afternoon, a young man on my e-mail list from last summer appeared.  We share a joyful love of  COLOR! From Dallas, he stopped by to show me, on his I-phone of course,  the painting he had done, inspired by our conversation at the time. And he is now (you could never guess) Director of the Firewalking Institute in Flower Mound, Texas! Unsure yet as to whether fire-walking is his life-path, he at least promised to return next time with six more paintings on his I-phone.  The first painting was pretty good, so maybe he'll have to choose one over the other.  Speaking of color,  here's the last painting I completed before resuming showing.

The family reunion is past, and was a blast.  Rancho Jacona is the perfect place for a multi-generational meet-up and it couldn't have been more fun.  See anyone not smiling?
The Cooper Family  missing one cousin.

The beautiful molds are done, and work begins on the wax of Celebration (the couple commission).  I write this as the wax pot heats up, but more pictures and a separate post about this part of the process will be posted later.

A shout-out goes to VSL3 probiotics created in Australia, and the magical effect they have on serious gastrointestinal issues. Hooray and thank you for an excellent alternative to conventional Western medicine that works! And more thanks to a supportive Nurse Practitioner, my PCP.

I have welcomed two new adult drawing students, retired teachers and best friends, left-brained but open to possibility, who've had their perceptions altered already.  They'll be awesome drawers in a short 5 weeks, I know it in my bones!

Thank you too for the return to art-making of my husband, William Preston, who is preparing new sumi-e for scrolls that will be going to France for an exhibition at the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier in August. There was a sighting of his Creative Santa Fe video on local public service television last week!

I just have to include my friend Maddy and her rescued fledged magpie Scooter and the lovely visit we had this morning.

 The monsoons are arriving, and making short work of our "heat" season this year.  I'll know for sure  when the Rufous hummingbirds start chasing the purple-chins away from the nectar, but last night, night of the Full Moon, brought a steady soft rain, and wet grass in the morning!  A mention too must be made, of  the daily appearance of the lazuli bunting under the bird feeder - and the pleasure his striking turquoise head brings!

There is much to celebrate, this fine Fourth of July!

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