Late August in Los Angeles and a windy promise of a real honest-to-goodness thunderstorm. The sky darkened, clouds rolled in from the west, a gust of wind blew open the french windows in my art room! I almost screamed in delight and clapped my hands together. Almost. Oh LA, I’m wise to your climate tricks, there’s no fooling me. You don’t deliver soaking wet late summer days, do you? But those lovely clouds did persuade a few teaspoonfuls of water to dribble down.
Even my trusty steed looked out the window and prayed for rain. The cat posse all stood in the front yard with their paws firmly planted on the ground and stuck their tongues out to catch a few drops.
In between dreams of summer showers I started a new book and worked in my visual journal.
When the sun dipped behind the wall of trees, we lay down and the white night swallowed us.
No I’m not reciting poetry again, that’s the first line of my new book Astrid & Veronika. I can’t take a proper nap without reading first. I deeply regret my recommendation of The Swallows of Kabul and I urge you not to read it if you are a sensitive type. If you’re teetering on the edge of depression heed my warning. It really is Very Dark. I couldn’t stop reading it, but I didn’t enjoy it one bit. If you’re a callous brute like me it will make you want to find the main character and sock him in the jaw.
My sister recommended Astrid & Veronika and she is extremely sensitive and cries at the drop of a hat. I think she would have mentioned if she had felt morose while reading it. So far I’m enjoying it very much.
You don’t know Vynnie do you? I do because he and his cute wife, Robin send me fabulous mailart. He is in this month’s Popular Mechanic. How cool is that? An artist AND a master gardener. I’m pretty sure the sight of my wild, overgrown perrenials would wipe the smile right off that sweet face of his.
Let’s go see what the dear and delightful JUDY is up to in her lush Oregon studio. Oh look she’s making stencils. I love the way she underpainted then stenciled. I’m going to try that.