Above - 90-year-old Czech woman started painting murals when she retired from farming and has never stopped. she is my role model .
So, it's my birthday and the blog is taking the day off - except to say that reaching the age of 76, being 100 percent healthy, strong, able to walk, run, lift and joyfully work on art every day is a fabulous gift. I will spare you (for now) my usual rant about how elders in our Western society are shamefully demeaned and how we could use some lessons from other cultures where the attributes of aging are respected and honored. (Okay, that's a bit of a lecture. I lied).
Here are some birthday images from me to you:
My best friend - Murphy
My amazing husband Randall helping me get ready to make a mold of a Native American firefighter and forest manager for the Caldor Tribute. This kind of work requires a crazy range of skills beyond sculpting
Our Pups Murphy and Ruby ready to become a small bronze ... Ruby, on the right is an elder at 14 years old.
An old Tuff Shed remodeled and repurposed to make my happiest place on Earth - under 120-foot cedar trees, amid the quiet of the mountain, surrounded by the gifts of nature and about 100 pounds of clay.
After posting this birthday brief I will be heading out to the Art Shed and spending the day immersed in some music (maybe flamenco accompanied by dancing?). And then back to the comforting and gentle sounds of Mother Nature as I play with clay - as happy as my Czech role model making art forever!
Thanks for being with me - for your emails and your time. Contact me at email@example.com. I read and respond to each and every message.
If you are able and inclined, you can contribute to the biggest (okay, overwhelming) art project of my life - the monumental bronze Tribute to the Heroes of the Caldor Fire HERE.