Monday, February 28, 2011

Winter vs. Spring

Last Saturday night we were gifted with a snowfall that left us a few inches of weightless white powder. Just enough to make everything look beautiful for a day--the snow was almost all melted by mid-afternoon. These pictures were taken just after sunrise, with the moon going down in the west.

Will this be a good wildflower year or not? That is the question. There's been plenty of precipitation, but also some very cold temperatures. This has even affected the Borrego area. The flowers there have gotten an early start, but according to the newsletter we just received from the Anza-Borrego Foundation, "due to recent freezes, we do not expect dramatic fields of flowers."

On Thursday we drove to Tecopa to take down our show, hoping to see some early blooms. This time last year, lots more flowers were out by now. We did see some nice stands of lupine lining the Kelbaker Rd. before we reached the Mojave Preserve. No flowers yet at the Kelso Dunes, and just a few of these tiny yellow beauties at the Lava Beds.

We really enjoyed spending time in the preserve on this trip--the next few blog posts will cover our adventures...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Down Home Goodness: The Driftwood Singers

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Pearl Charles of The Driftwood Singers, asking if I'd be willing to help them promote their upcoming appearance at Pappy & Harriet's. As an appreciator of old-timey, folk-Americana style music, I'm happy to oblige. Here's the scoop:

Los Angeles-based country/folk duo The Driftwood Singers return to Joshua Tree for a free concert at Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace on Thursday, February 24 at 7 pm. The Driftwood Singers are comprised of Kris Hutson and Pearl Charles. Kris rotates between guitar, mandolin, and banjo while Pearl plays the autoharp and the guitar, but the duo is best known for their breathtaking harmonies. Often compared to Joshua Tree icons Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, the two perform a unique blend of original and traditional music.

Also performing that evening with The Driftwood Singers and solo is Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Olentangy John. This show is a must-see for any fan of Americana music, so if you find yourself looking for something to do on this particular Thursday night, roll on down to Pappy & Harriet's for some southern harmony and good old fashioned fun.

Visting The Driftwood Singers' website by clicking here, or their Bandcamp page by clicking here

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bunny Book

The Bunny Book is something I made in my altered book group as a contribution to Jean Loomis's theme, "Heart and Soul." I love bunnies and this particular "book" has received a lot of comments, so thought I'd post it here for those who can't make our show at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

I bought the bunny pelt at Ogg's Hogan in Prescott, Arizona while we were visiting my folks in November, not knowing what I might do with it. As the idea for the book came together, the pelt naturally became the cover. It's held at the top by a stick from the juniper tree outside our dining room window, a favorite hangout for our local bunnies. The bunny figures are taken from Mimbres designs, and the colorful yarn is an idea taken from Huichol yarn paintings.

I wrote a bunny poem and printed it on handmade paper. The complete text of the poem appears below. Our Altered Books show runs at the museum through March 6. Stop by if you can and browse through the books!


What I See

A desert to play in—
sky above, sand below,
in between,
green things to eat.

What I Hear

I sense
the rustle of intent
from whoever
heads my way.

What I Do: Summer

I scatter dirt
under the big juniper
and lie stretched out
until sundown.

What I Do: Winter

I find a warm
place to hide.
But I won’t say
where it is.

What I Know

I may not be here
but I love my life
until Coyote comes for me.

What I Am

A grain of sand,
a link in the chain—
and I let it be.
I’m free.

Monday, February 7, 2011

So Much Art, So Little Time

Another busy weekend in the art mecca that is the hi-desert! Saturday night was the Joshua Tree Gallery Crawl, with five galleries open and crowds of people out. The above photo was taken on our way--the sunset was spectacular. I kept my camera in my pocket during the crawl and just enjoyed the social whirlwind, with dinner at Sam's Indian Food afterwards. (For pizza lovers, there is a great new pizza place next to the True World Gallery that sells by the slice.)

Super Bowl Sunday saw an opening at the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley that featured Robyn Goudy and friends. Above is one of Robyn's large paintings, done on a door. To the right is much-loved gallery owner Laurel Seidel, who describes the space as her dream come true.

I am captivated by Cathy Allen's works that incorporate found desert styrofoam and tiny wire people. Right: more found object art by Cathy's husband, Luther Broome.

The Glass Outhouse show runs through February, and the gallery is open Tues-Sun from 1-5 pm. To get there, head east on Hwy. 62 from 29 Palms for 5 miles and then turn right on Thunder Road. Be sure to check out the bona fide glass outhouse! (You can see out, but others can't see in.)