whoever sent me that video awhile back. THANK YOU. i haven't stopped listening to the entire album since.
over and over. because we love the tom waits of the world. and their bluesy selves.
heading to the shore next week.
then the desert the following week.
i had planned a wonderful trip to british columbia, but i was worried about getting stuck in the rowboat with a shoulder that decided to stop rotating. on a quiet stretch of water. where i might drift for weeks. alone, except for the occasional eagle that dropped down some provisions. hmmmmm. sounds sort of good.
all is good in the hood. i'm right here where you left me. sketching the summer away. planning one last summer art retreat before i get back to my day job in less than a month. i'm breathing in and taking deep pleasure in all this free time.
i'm enjoying mornings in the park lost under a canopy of shadowy trees and rose petals. evenings on the porch writing in my journal, reading, thinking, sketching.
i've found another great tech resource who operate out of san francisco. they've been migrating all of my class blogs beginning about 6 weeks ago. they're inexpensive and committed to providing good service in a timely manner. i didn't mention them before because the jury was still out, but after 3 successful class blog transfers I'm pretty pleased with their service. I don't get compensated in any way for these tech mentions, but i do believe in shining a light on people & places that do good work. FANTASKTIC out of san francisco are my latest team of elves.
i'm saving the big kahuna of them all - DFLA for last. i have to get in those old archives and start cleaning things up and clearing things out. i don't mean i'm deleting any content. no way! i just have to make sure i've got all the boxes packed and tidy when the migration crew descends.
summer will be gone soon in a blaze of glory. i'm just here. making every second mean something.
hope you're making art, taking naps, and getting lots of peach juice all over your muzzle.
early afternoon in the kitchen laboratory. putting finishing touches on a lettering video for sketchbookery. pam came up a couple of days ago to add to my lettering segment. which i didn't plan to even have. i just thought of it at the last second. the idea factory in my head doesn't quit working once class starts. i think of something last minute and i haul out the video camera, tell the cats to go shine their shoes, comb their tails and we're back in business.
she's featured in 5 of about 50 total videos. you come to moss cottage you get bossed. that's the deal. i would have been a really good border collie. i have a herding mentality.
here are some of pam's arty pages including her new sketchbook on top that i like a lot. THIS one. nice thick paper and it lays completely flat.
the classroom doors are closing later tonight. for those that are interested (and it's totally okay if you're not!) not to worry, in december it will be offered again.
okay. now. where did i put my ear plugs? fireworks start in a few hours and if you live in highland park, you know what that means. get your flak jacket out, your helmet, earplugs, and plan to hunker down in your cave till 4 am or so when it will be safe to climb into your bed without fear of a rocket launched M-80 whizzing through your window.
Angie Moss was in my kitchen when I woke up this morning. I was sure of it! I started to climb out of bed "Mom?"
It was around dawn and I was half asleep. She didn't answer. A split second later I knew she couldn't really be in my kitchen. I was fully awake. But when I went to the computer to check and see if the SKETCHBOOKERY site was still standing and didn't go out in a blaze of glory while I slept, there was this email. Spam of course. But delightful nevertheless.
I'm a pragmatist with a vivid imagination. I miss Angie Moss.
Oh. There's something else. I could read Corky Lynn's mind today.
I am made of fur and elastic. I will stay in this position until she notices me. Maybe I can relax just a tiny bit and still look limber.
I ate avocados and drank coffee. They totally go good together. Better than what you might think.
I have lots of nice people enrolled in my class. Do you remember when Bart Simpson said, "I wish god was alive to see this!"
I sort of thought that this morning about Ma & Pa Moss. Good thoughts drifted through my mind. I ate my avocados. The sun felt warm & musical filtering through the trees. My summer oriole came by for a visit. Last night I couldn't see Mars. Maybe tonight there will be less of a marine layer.