I’m back from a most wonderful reunion with my children and grandchildren! But I’m still not back from posting on social media. The time zooms by each day as I continue to focus on works in progress, and tasks ahead of the Open Studio on November 6. The joy we experienced reconnecting in person with family and long time friends and by heading out on the open road adventure is still feeding my soul.
Gratefully there was very little traffic on the less traveled roads we traversed. After cruising the Great Rivers Road we crossed the Mississippi into Twain’s Hannibal. The next 1000+ miles we zoomed across the great plains on the Pony Express.
In eastern Colorado we passed through a hail storm that literally blinded us for a while. Navigating to the barely existing shoulder on the 2 lane road, via the passenger window, was hair-raising. But that same storm resulted in a most amazing double rainbow above daughter’s home when we arrived. Seeing everyone in the driveway flagging us in was the best sight I’ve had in ages.
I usually do not make art when I’m on holiday. This time, since I am focusing on making books for Alexander’s Library, I made a 16 page book and tucked it inside a travel art bag. I gave much thought to paring down the amount and type of materials to include that would be conducive for any age person, artist or not, to add their artistic comment.
The result was A Journey Memory Theater, a souvenir book from our summer adventure. Everyone had a hand in it from green scribbles of the baby, notes about treasure hunts our older grandson set up, son, daughter, son-in-law, friends we visited, and sketches of fiestas, bonfires and outings.
It was inspiring to see the progress Robert Bellows and veterans assistants have made since our last visit to Warrior StoryField.
Each sculpture as hundreds of individual pieces that are cut, hammered and assembled into place. Robert gave us an extensive tour of the studio, CRC Plasma laser cutter and forge he had to create to fabricate the long feathers of the dragon. The most wonderful synchronicity was that the night before, son-in-law and grandson commented that the next project they wanted to pursue together was smithcraft. It wasn’t planned but Robert let grandson use a forge to heat a small piece of metal that he then hammered away at, making his first small sculpture. He was hooked! They will both be returning to help out on the huge project.
We spent most of our time at home playing, staying cool, cooking, shopping at beautiful farm stands, eating and catching up. We had several trips to the mountains to visit our dear friends. It was also a big treat to visit Sherry Hart at her new home nearby. She has spent a full year transforming her yard into a sacred Buddha Garden. How special she is!
As wonderful as it was to be away with beloveds, it is good to be back in the annex, back to work.
Just had a nice time cruising through your blog post and bumped into the pics of your visit out here.
I just gotta let ya know that I’m really enjoying working with Greg and your Grand son…darn, blanking n his name at the moment. What’s even more fun is hearing how some of the vets are deeply touched by watching a father spend time with his son making stuff together. We’ll be talkin’ Robert
It makes me so happy to connect my family with your powerful project. Especially the part about it touching the vets with inspiration about father/son closeness. They also tell me how important it is for them to have that time together and with your project and artisans.
It is always a highlight of our trip to see how Warrior StoryField is progressing. So you know, the story about it that is linked in this post is the most often visited post on my site! What you are doing is important and many others are learning and appreciating it as well. Keep up the good work, Robert. We’ll be talkin’, Kathleen