June 3, Paris, France: Isabella discovers a hair dryer on a hose, Hotel Nadaud.
June – Aug: Garcia sisters stage a hostile takeover of my entire back yard.
July 21, Taos, NM: Disturbing merry-go-round horses constructed of wood and mops, Taos Fiesta.
May 30: Travel from Paris to the small village of Bons-en-Chablais to stay with the most generous friends on the planet.
August 24: With little hope of reclaiming her lost territory, Velma sits alone in the onion patch.
June 1, medieval village of Yvoire, France: Charlie’s Angels was invented here.
July 20, Santa Fe, NM: Greener Grass, 20″ h x 23″ w, by Robert La Duke, good friend & former studio-mate at art school. (Image courtesy Meyer Gallery East.)
Petite perch straight from lake, fried & served with lemon sauce, salad, pommes frites.
June 12-July 17: Garcia goes “broody,” devoting herself exclusively to a growing mound of infertile eggs.
June 27, Lenox, MA: Drop off Isabella at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute where she will spend the next six weeks. Without me.
June 2, Lake Annecy, France: The world’s cleanest lake.
June 1, Chamonix, France: Cable car to peak, Mont Blanc (3842 m.).
My idea of hell, 2317 m.
July 20, Santa Fe, NM: Encounter the world’s most hideous ass-faced spider.
August 9, Pittsfield, MA: “Hike” (walk) through Audubon Wilderness Sanctuary with my parents, insisting we stop to take a selfie on a precarious bridge over mosquito-infested stream.
June 15: Rufina, sweet Rufina.
I almost titled this “Head Shot.” Not funny. Not really.
August 22, Tesuque, NM: Don Pasquale, Santa Fe Opera
Late Juneish: Micro toads appear in the yard. For the first time in 8 years. My neighbor will blame me for this.
June 2, Annecy, France.
July 26: The looming threat that Garcia will actually die trying to hatch infertile eggs necessitates the acquisition of two new Garcias. Ridiculous creatures.
June 1, Bons-en-Chablais, France: You say Julie Andrews, I say Lyme’s disease.
July 30: New work, hand-painted cups with skull and original drawing decals; 4 oz-8 oz.
August 9, Lenox, MA: Pick up Isabella from Tanglewood, come to the realization she doesn’t actually need me anymore.
August 24: Visitor in my studio, discovered too late.