long time no see. how are you?
i’m sprawling out on my couch writing to you. listening to the neighborhood settling in for the evening.
my front door is open. cool air and the last light of the sun. birds fluttering in the oaks. a few cars motoring up the street. someone’s dog is barking.
earlier i cut open this old french book, a gift from pamela marie, who has flown to italy overnight and is keeping me posted on her escapades abroad. love getting her missives and pics from the italian countryside.
and yesterday i painted a quick stack of gouache books which i didn’t quite finish, but who cares?
i believe one of the women above is harriet hunter, sketchbook keeper. pictured here on the italian front in 1917 where she bravely ventured alone to care for soldiers. reminds me of that downton abbey storyline. remember? except she lived in a tiny wooden house with another english woman and this table was in their garden.
it’s all part of a new plot twist in the harriet hunter time traveling episode i’ve gotten caught up in. each night before bed i look through another of her sketchbooks (i have 2 now) then i sink deeper into bed, push my glasses further up, and permit myself to read 1 page of her 99 year old war diary. i first wrote about harriet HERE in this post.
i’ve learned more about harriet and i’ll be sharing everything with you soon soon soon. it’s a beautiful mystery.
i would like to collect more sketchbooks of women adventurers so do keep me apprised if you stumble across any that you don’t want for yourselves. especially you who go to estate sales. i need eyes and ears on the ground.
i believe the woman referenced in the entry above is the woman sitting on the chair at her desk. note the foot stool!
future book covers. maybe a swedish travel journal. soon my sister and i will need a couple. i intend to make them for us.
it’s a long weekend. i’ll just be here making videos for class, reading war diaries, painting more stacks of books, eating blackberries, and dreaming about the new shelves that leo santa maria the handyman is building into my tiny studio closet. art supply storage! napping shelves for cats!
see you soon.