Saturday, March 24, 2018

Another Year in Yreka

I haven't posted in over a year.  It has been a very weird year.  I went crazy on Facebook for a while, then managed to pull myself away. So, to get away from the horror of politics, I've been staying creative.  I didn't take very many photos this year.  I did make a fair amount of art.  Below is a lake reflecting clouds at a local park.

Spent a couple of months working an hour a day, four days a week carving the Dawn Redwood tree (below) that had died from the drought in front of the Siskiyou County Historical Museum in Yreka.  It was very dry and cracked from the sun, but it was meant to be a rustic piece anyway.  All those limbs looked like people to me, so that's what I did.

Drove to Baker City, Oregon to meet Barry Carter, an expert on making ormus. The video, below, shows what he's about.

 The scenery was spectacular.

Watching David pan for gold.  He owns this piece of land along the Klamath River outside Happy Camp.

My garden goddess, below.  I'm hoping to get her started this spring and hook her up to a watering system.  I bought seeds for greens to be grown in her skirt, small tomatoes in her boobs (two stainless steel bowls not shown), etc.

My goddess is presently living in the community garden, below, but circumstances have made me decide to bring her back home and start a garden here. 

My back yard.  I write and work on my computer facing the back yard. I put up this bird feeder because I work better when I can look up and watch the birds.  Since I also feed all the neighborhood wild cats, I had to build this wire fence contraption to save the birds.  They play mind games with each other.  These photos are from my bedroom window.  

Can you see the bunny rabbit?  In back of the feeder?  He just hopped right in and I thought the cats would go after him but, no, not interested.  He spent the morning running around the back yard, then left.

Okay, I didn't see this before - is that a UFO?

About a mile up my road you can get past all the surrounding mountains and see Mt. Shasta, about 30 miles away.

Below, I made this wood stove for the play "Anne of Green Gables".  I was given a table, which I wrapped with cardboard, cut up cardboard to be the doors, glued them on, painted everything black, then went to the dollar store and bought two doorstops to be handles for the doors. Took me less than an hour to make. Someone else added the stove pipe on for maximum effect.  It turned out looking exactly like the wood burning stove I used when I lived in the Outback (Wagga 
Wagga, New South Wales) in Australia.  I have photos of it somewhere.

 I'm at the far left.

Below, my rendition of the design for the next play that J.J., the director, wants for the set.  Will start painting it in a week or so.  The play is called "Ravenscroft", a mystery comedy set in the library of an English country house in 1905.

Below, twenty, count them, twenty paintings that I finally finished after five years.  I did the series to help raise people's frequency.  I want people to laugh and feel good when they see these.  I found all the images from the internet then redid them my way.  I have worked professionally as a painter for the movies in Los Angeles and as a set painter for Summer Stock in Pennsylvania, but I never really had a painting lesson to learn how to do light and shadows.  I have to learn by doing, so this series was how I taught myself.  I want to start another series of paintings but I have to think about what to do now.  Something different.

A few months ago a friend, Mark, gave me a 3 foot tall black walnut log.  I'm the kind of woman men give logs to.  Haha.  I finally started carving it and I'm still stuck in the same series as the paintings because it turned out to be a child hugging a slobbery dog.  It will look good when I'm finished.

David kept asking me to put up on Youtube the documentary that I shot in Happy Camp in 2008.  I spent two months in Happy Camp interviewing interesting people, gold miners, jade hunters, well, you'll see.  I returned to Santa Cruz and joined the public access tv station and when I finished editing it all together, I gave them a copy.  They began playing it on their public access station and I went away for a year.  When I came back a year later I turned on the tv and there it was, playing.  Below, is my very first attempt at making a documentary, "A Town Called Happy Camp".

Some of my wild kitties.  Getting a new front porch soon.  David is widening it a bit so we can have stairs that go down to the back yard.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Tucson Visit

I stepped outside in the drizzle at David's property and a group of wild turkeys ran past.  Can you see them, above?  Below, David and I drove to Tucson together.  I had a lot of errands to do and people to meet so in the end my intent to photograph David meeting all my friends and seeing new places kind of fell through the cracks.  On our first morning we went for a hike in my old neighborhood with my friend Valery and her two dogs.  I originally met Valery while hiking the road and one cold morning encountered her walking her dogs while wearing what looked like a long mink coat.  I teased her - something about how you know you're in a good neighborhood when people walk their dogs wearing a mink coat, and she assured me it was fake fur and we ended up hiking together after that.  She had recently retired from Goldman Sachs in New York where she had been a Vice President.  Very smart.  I love meeting intelligent women.  Anyway, we all hiked along the arroyo where I'd cemented 13 of my concrete goddess faces the previous year and found 4 of them.  I was so sneaky with them I couldn't remember where I stuck them.

David and I drove out to TerraSante, a community about 20 miles out in the desert.  I've lived there a couple of times for months at a time, because Bruce, the owner, was willing to barter with me for my art or videos.  Across the street is where Victoria has her moringa ranch.  I made a series of videos for Victoria  (see link below).  I used to suffer from serious dehydration (enough to be hospitalized) and her filter has helped  me immensely.  Victoria and David in front of cactus with boobs.

David and I went to the Historical Museum in Tucson - very nice.  As we were leaving I saw this display.  In the 1930's a family accidentally found a large stash of lead artifacts, below, which have Latin words on them.   A big mystery!  Did the Romans come to Tucson?

We stayed in my beautiful room at Dan's, but I forgot to take any photos.  David helped me pack up the truck with the 7 tubs of stuff I'd left behind.  I was hoping to see my piggies, but they never showed up.  Dan told me I was welcome back any time.  I would love to go next week during the Gem Show but I already have so much stuff from last year's Gem Show, so.....  Got to meet up with my friend Mark and my other friend Mark, re-registered my truck, stocked up on vitamins from Trader Joes and stuff like that before we headed back home.  Below, the sky on the way back.  David was driving when I suddenly leaned over and asked him what my odometer said.  It was at 269,999.  Yahoo.  That truck is the best running truck/vehicle I've ever owned.  So, of course, I had to photograph the odometer as it turned over to 270,000 miles.  David said he's now a believer - he thought my timing was psychic.  It was. I didn't know what the miles were, I just had a sudden feeling to look at them.

The whole way back - Rainbows!  Very little rain - it was in the distance.

As soon as we hit Santa Cruz I drove immediately to the beach.  Chilly, but beautiful.  

It was cold out.  In Fran's back yard below.

Fran and Patti saying goodbye.  They are the best hostesses you've ever met, including gourmet meals.  They recently bought a house on Maui with another friend.  They showed us the photos, it's quite amazing.  Fran's husband, who passed away years ago, owned a large law firm in Cleveland.  Her two daughters are all grown up and doing very well in San Francisco and New York and now she's ready for new horizons.

Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge - only a few hours from home.

Below, a little video I made for Ralph Starritt, an artist I'm working with.  I'm working on a huge dragon (30 feet long) and am presently cutting out many dragon scales, then we will weld/pop rivet everything together.  I'm also going to carve a dead redwood tree in front of  the Siskiyou Historical Museum.  It's a memorial to loggers and a grant from a logging company is paying for it and a large metal sculpture that Ralph is making.


Below is the body of the dragon - on wheels so it can be dragged around in parades, I think.  Or at least dragged to where it's going to live when finished.  It needs a lot of work but it seems to me a good way to learn how to cut and weld metal.

Below is one of five videos I made for Victoria - this water filter works amazing.  I take it everywhere I go.