We are being very productive in the studio these days. Jack (home for Xmas from RISD) and I have been painting together, and the air is redolent with the heady scent of Gamsol and the sounds of Biggie Smalls and NPR. Our approaches are markedly different but our passion is similar.
Our lemon tree has put out a fresh crop and the oranges and mandarins are ripe for picking. Each morning in my bare feet, I peel and eat a couple.
Our vegetable garden is fully stocked now and hurling up stalks and leaves (ah, the miracle of living in Cali in December!). It adds to the fecund atmosphere with the perfume of chicken manure and the excited yaps of hovering crows. The hounds patrol but are more apt to roll in the soil than chase off varmints. Next project: build a dwarf scarecrow.
I love watering my patch and marveling at each’s days growth. We will be eating well come the next solstice.
Another exciting development: I have finished the manuscript for my next book and it is safely in my editor’s grasp over at Chronicle Books. Now I have a manure-load of drawings and designing to do by my springtime deadline – a lovely chore. More on that as things develop.
And finally, the project I spoke about in my last post is growing by leaps and bounds. We are working on what it will look like, where it will be housed, how big it will be, how tall, how loud, how fortified with vitamins. It just keeps getting more and more amazing as more great talents join our team.
I do hope you have signed up to be alerted as soon as the blossoms appear on its branches. Oh, and perhaps put a way a penny or two in your Xmas fund for seed money.
I case you forgot to sign up, there’s still time: