Artist in Residence?

Value Study in Rocks

The drive up is one of my favorites, I often imagine taking up illegal residence in one of the shacks along the way, but it is the stay that makes the drive worth it.  She jokes to me that in the summer I should come to live here, because she wishes to acquire an artist in residence.  I am not less than half actually interested, I dream of bringing my laptop and writing a novel, or a memoir, of painting watercolor paintings, trudging up the long hill to the barn with my easel and canvas tucked under with my acrylic paints in hand.

Rock Cairn by unknown ADK artist, there are many along the path up the hill to the barn and my hiking buddy the Sanchinator.

She talks of early morning paddles and wanting more culture (pronounced cull tcha).  We visit with an old friend we haven’t seen in 18 years, and the friend says both that of all the people who would seek her out to friend her on Facebook, we were two that she said Oh YES! to.  And she also says she is not at all surprised that after all these years we are still friends, she calls us both mellow and so put together, we both laugh.  Maybe not so much.  But I feel butterflies in my stomach, because she is a person I love, and her husband and her children too.  Very much.  I bring fabric for her son to make a zombie, and her daughter to make an owl, the son goes skiing, but the daughter who at the age of 8 is already learned to sew quite well,  sits with me while we research other stuffed owls and we sit at the high table in her dining room and sew the face and wings.

Willow Owl made with batiks, quilting fabric, flannel, DMC thread and buttons. This was designed with my help by my friend's 8 year old daughter. She stitched the whole face by herself.


Detail of “Willow” the Owl face

Before I leave I take a photo of a painting which once may have had  name but I no longer remember it, for so many years it has just been The Big Yellow Painting, and it hangs in the room where her hot tub is now, but once hung in a larger living room than she has now.  I love this place, both for the quiet, the dark, and the warm hearth of her home, for the organic local foods, and home cooked and home gardened everything.  For the wood heat and the solar panels and the on demand water heat.  Most of all I love it for the fact that we are still friends and these days better friends than we have been for many long years,  and that her home and family are part of my heart.

The Big Yellow Painting, Abstract Painting that I made 23 or 24 years ago using acrylic paint on watercolor paper. This painting is approximately 6 feet by 4 feet in size.

2 thoughts on “Artist in Residence?

  1. look at that handsome dog!
    this is the one i meant to post on..the “leave a comment” being at the top of the post confused me o.o

    1. I can approve those comments if you want, but I didn’t. He is handsome in this pic!! He loves it up there so much, leash off for days never to be put on, two other dogs to carry on about. Dog heaven!!

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