Tales from the Field #2

Here’s an icebreaker I’ve been using for years – finally thought to take the picture to go with it, and found a willing victim in Boulder City yesterday.

oddshoesSomeone walks by, or walks in with a ‘boot’ on.  I’ll sneak up to them and ask “Don’t you just hate it…….when you go somewhere nice……….and when you get there, you realize………..you’re wearing odd shoes?”

This lady was with her husband, so I then asked her whether she sustained the injury because she kicked him for snoring.  She had a great come-back.  “No, but I can now!”

April one year I had that conversation then asked the lady what she’d done.  She said she’d had a new ankle the prior July, but it had broken again.  Oh, I asked – is it still under warranty?

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October’s newsletter

Please enjoy October’s newsletter – Changes.

Silence, Trees, Weather.

Cloudy Sky

Salton City, August. Weather coming in, I hear the thunder getting closer. I hope it will clear before I go out for an arts meeting this evening!

Yes, 9 days since I blogged – I’ve been on the road for most of those.  I have seen a lot of skies, a lot of roads and was astonished by Mount Shasta – whose awesome beauty I was unprepared for.

While I was in Bellevue, WA, there was a lull at the fair, during which I was able to add to my list of sonnets.  One step further to that bucket list item.

Tree Work

The upper leaves spread up to gather light

The lower leaves reach out to seek the sun

The branches stretch and grow with all their might

Until leaves redden when the summer’s done.

The colorful flowers that bloomed bright in the spring

Are now brown crisps around a precious seed

that wait for autumn’s winds to find their wings

and fly to other grounds that might just lead

to sprouting from the earth when spring returns,

to rooting and to spreading and to growth

into a new tree; life’s desire thus burns

for life itself will not succeed with sloth.

Look at a tree and it will show you how

To plan tomorrow just by doing now.

 

Art On Main and more….

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Art on Main is back in Old Town La Quinta this Saturday.  One block south of Calle Tampico, Saturday March 18th, 10-4pm and loads of amazing artwork to see and buy.  My booth is between the lawn and the coffee shop. Hope to see you there.
If you’re up the north end of the Coachella valley, please join us for an evening reception, March 21st 4-7pm, at Palm Mountain Resort Spahhh, who currently host some of my work.  Palm Mountain Resort is at 155 S. Belardo, Palm Springs.  Not only do you get to see some of the larger pieces that don’t often fit into a booth, but you can find out some of the relaxing offerings from the Spahhh and enjoy some early evening snacks.  (You don’t have to be a guest at the Palm Mountain Resort to enjoy them.)
And if you’re at a point where you think you’d like to learn how to paint, the following Friday – March 24th, I will be holding the all day intensive class ‘Painting for Absolute Beginners‘.  The only thing you need to know is which end of the brush to hold. (If you don’t know that, I’ll teach you for an extra $1. 🙂 )

 

Money laundering…

As a person concerned with the drought, I will usually take home unused water in my reusable water cups from shows to use in places like the kettle, plants etc.  So out of habit I did this even though ‘home’ this weekend is Econolodge.  As it was a bitterly cold day, I hadn’t consumed all the water and a full cup remained in the cooler.  As the show is on streets, I not only took home my planner but also the little bag of change plus money from some cash sales.  All these are jammed into the now-almost-empty cooler, so that the remaining water cup doesn’t tip over in the cooler.

On the turn into the driveway at Econolodge, the entire cooler tipped over in the footwell.  The planner escaped the flood, but the money bag didn’t.  So when I got to my room, the money had all been nicely laundered for me.  Cool wash, no soap, short cycle. It’s not a great concern though – money dries out pretty quickly, especially when laid on top of the heater above the sign that says ‘Do not lay anything on top of the heater to dry’.  I’m just glad at this point it’s Econolodge and I don’t have to ‘splain anything to room service.

Money drying in motel

It does look a little wrinkly though, perhaps I should iron it.  Don’t get excited though, there are a lot of singles in there.

Cave Creek

cavecreekaz2016-_wjpgFirst time I’m at this show.  A three day show with a Thursday afternoon setup.  I haven’t worked with this promoter before and booth assignments were a little fluid, spur of the moment.  Didn’t get a space until 5pm so I ran out of light during setup and just got the ‘store built’ and had to put up the art this morning.  Fridays are a little quiet at this show, but apparently the weekend will be better.  No one set up next to me so I get to use the outside of the wall.

Monthly Newsletter Sept 2016

For those of you who don’t subscribe directly to my mailing list or follow me on facebook or twitter – here’s this month’s newsletter – “A turn to the right”. (For those of you who do follow me elsewhere and have already seen it, please excuse the repetition, it only occurs once a month.)