Happy Holidays!! to ART & Adventure
As the end of 2014 draws closer to Solstice and the days so dark I find my voice on this blog after a long hiatus. A resolution to bring it alive in 2015. A toast to new adventures in art and travel and living beyond my zone of comfort. In all things. Lions and tigers and bears oh my!! And all that jazz.
I went camping in Big Bend National Park over Thanksgiving. A solo 1,400 mile round trip road trip from Santa Fe in my trusty white subaru. It was all good –from the colorful pink garden courtyards and pink patio of Eve’s Garden Bed & Breakfast in Marathon (after a very uninspiring drive from Carlsbad, NM to Fort Stockton, TX) to the gathering of Javelinas around my tent on that first morning at Cottonwood campground. Apparently they like to graze. Docile animals. Thank you. The park is long on vistas and fantastic hiking and Ocotillo. A highlight was the natural hot springs beside the Rio Grande in the Hot Spring Historic District and that rowboat to Boquillas, Mexcio. So glad I brought my passport. I will long remember the color of green. Lime. And in the glory of the moment walked right past customs until reminded by a friendly voice “señora. . .” Here are a few images to bring you closer to my experience, including the chairs in the church above:
I am a visual artist. I collect vintage linens and barbed wire and abstract domesticity in a variety of ways. I am an explorer and adventurer of spirit and okay– an occasional poet. I have journals under the bed from when I began writing them at 14 (years old) –a long time ago. Trust me. All those words. All those feelings pushing their way forward. Not on the most direct route but on a path none-the-less. Which brings me to present. Time. Not in the way of Santa down the chimney put it in my Christmas stocking but maybe it’s the same. Present time. All wrapped up in ribbon. I do love them. Presents. Such joy in the gift. A gracious acceptance and childlike innocence in finding something at your grown up door or mailbox or a card from a friend of long ago. Thank you.
And so it comes to this. I am artist who works primarily as Girl Friday/Personal Assistant. Walk the dog, carry the books up three flights to storage, run an errand, pick up the mail, check the house, rack the leaves, document your estate, pick up a prescription and a bag of chocolates, etc. Whatever it takes to earn the rent. That’s me. I don’t mind and I’m grateful. Truly. But at some point I fall away. The art undone. The path disjointed. Too much time passing. I wake unsure of the day of the week or date or the obligation and remind myself it is Thursday, focus. Etc. And so I create an artist retreat for this artist occasional poet person that is me and here I am putting it out for donation. For support. A request.
I am driving nearly 1400 miles (one-way) from Santa Fe to the Florida Panhandle to spend the month of January in a retreat to art. Off-season exploration. A new foray. A structure of unobstructed creativity. Goals with a bike on top of a car with 183,000 miles (go Subaru!!). Bringing the title just in case. Pack my new & basic Janome sewing machine. I’m just learning. My recycled linens and barbed wire, and photographs, and thread. It is my intention to make 100 or 1000 6″x8″ linen pockets (stay tuned). To stitch and stuff and blog about it here. Dangling threads. Primitive. Unexplored and sometimes the unknown is the only way. Through. With scissors and bobbin and heart. And sandy feet and eyes wide open from the emerald shores of winter.
If you’ve stayed with me this far I have a final request. An opportunity. For all. In the past month I have opened my studio for the holidays in the spirit of invitation and show and tell. I am subletting my one room casita to help finance my retreat (it just fell through but I have faith) and I could still use a little gas money despite the drop in prices. Thank you. A little help for the time not working. For the just in case. For the return. For the inspiration and leap of faith. For the belief that art matters. And so I ask for your support and donation. Think of it as an exchange. A gift that goes both ways.
- For any donation of $25 or more I will send you a hand-made artist card
- For any donation of $100 or more I will send you an original 11″x14″ matted print ready for framing
- For any donation of $200 or more (if you have deep pockets of generosity) I will send you one of my 12″x12″ painterly photographs
Paypal is preferred. Please include your correct mailing address. I have included a link below but can be found here to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to mail a check you can send it to Brenda Roper 991 1/2 Don Manuel Street #B, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Gifts will be sent as received. If I am out of stock (due to travel) fulfillment will be made upon my return to Santa Fe in February. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me. Thank you forever and in advance.
Happy Holidays and best for a joyful 2015!!