today was tex's day, a day of elevated drugs and elevated emotions. we spent as much outside time as he could stand. it was a day of music, food, plenty of grooming, and tons of love shared. we had a great day.
11 years ago, i stole tex out of his pen (a hunting dog) and promised to give him a life of freedom and love. this wasn't a hard task, tex was very well mannered and easy to love. we traveled a lot, hiked many trails and became very close. tex was also independent, high energy, stubborn and stoic. i knew him, we resembled each other.
over the past few years, his freedoms have slowly been taken away from him but he is one tough dog and a fighter. today on a beautiful day in boone, at 16.5 years old, i helped tex go back to the earth... to run in perpetual slumber. here is to love, as hard as it is sometimes, and here is to tex.
texas, i'll miss you dude.
long walk with the clouds, long walk inside my mind.
imagination floats just above my head, as i gaze upward.
clouded thoughts become unclouded hope.
a bit of a catch up on the studio and the art focus... i put my writing on hold back in march in efforts to try and create a creative business, fusing art, photography, design and furniture. i opened the first studio on old 421 outside of town and slowly became an artsy craig's list showroom:)
adding furniture to my list of wares was seamless, as i have been tinkering with recasting furniture since my days back in LA in 1999. it has proven to be my baseline and just as of late, after opening up with andy downtown, have i been selling off the walls. but the increased exposure had not been magical in relation to sales. my next goal needs to be creating something i can sell under $50 and mass produce, while still having a "one off" appeal.
not sure if it will ever be a sustainable business model for me here in boone. the size of the town, the demographic, the economy and lets face it my work does not scream mountain town:) but im loving it and learning a lot about patience and small business endeavors.
recently inspired to write a little haiku.
right here i exist,
as the fall embraces me.
red as i let go.
many things to write about today. i have been a terrible blogger as of late, really for the past few years. too much online media to keep up to but his is truly my favorite type of communication.... a journal.
its three (yes 3:) days early but... its time for the 10th annual skin photos:) something i initiated years back to keep myself motivated. exhibitionary, ego, crazy, i deny none but it works, or so i have thought.
i'm soon to be 47 and i still feel and act somewhere in my 30's. this could prove to be a good, b/c i will need all the youth i can muster here soon. my 22 year old bar dream looks like it may happen here in boone. (signing of a lease later this week) the spot in negotiation is on howard street, right across from where i have had my studio for the past 2 months.
studio3333 will always be alive, it is my creative entity, the modern rustic space however will only be rolling thru december and then we will see what lies ahead for it. it will be a crazy 3 months trying to get the bar, renovated and open, while holding a studio open, but its all good exposure and i like that speed. stay tuned for more on the bar later.
both houses are still in my possession and i'm am loving living in the small one. (doesn't feel as lonely) my renters are good in the dragonfly, and have rumored that they want to buy it. if the price is right i could let it go, we will see have that rolls out too.
still single but always hopeful, and finding more patience as i go. tex turned 16 this year and had a fairly good summer, yet the end for him is near and im ready when he says its time. his hips are very painful and he struggles to get up most times, but he is still the lover he has always been:)
winter is around the corner and i'm not ready. i did not get near enough heat this summer, but i hope at least it brings snow this time around. happy peace day on the 21st, i love the coinciding day. next time you're in boone, look for "the skinny joint" (a beer wine and tequilla bar) and come see me, ill give you the skinny:)
here's to 48....
way too long between posts, things have been busy with a move, selling a house and trying to sell furniture. same neglect is happening in my camera hikes, but i finally got a chance to get on the rocky creek loop, my favorite meditative hike, while living here at winkler's. the air on rocky creek is hyper oxygenated and dense... needless to say there is a lot of water, accompanied by some fun new things popping up everywhere.
ended the month with a great hike with two great boone gals, as well as finally doing the grandfather mountain tour (last week of 2 dollar days). the caged animals were fun to see, but truly not my gig. suspended bridge went down easier than expected, and then on to a great fogged in hike up to mccrea peak. fun ladder routes, fun conversation, fun foggy threesome.
great to be outside finally, in 60 degree weather. first bike ride of the season, with a chaser of yard work. tadpoles are brewing, dogs are playing and the plants are sprouting up. i planted 100 tulips bulbs last year, so it will be fun to see how many come up. especially b/c i forget where i planted them...intentional:)
my sister, heather, was in town this past weekend. we had a blast, talked till the wee hours, about life, love and everything else. what a treat to hang out with just her for 3 days. she also taught me to make pillows, not something i had planned (want to make clothes) but this is a good skill to accessorize the studio. a great way to get rid of some old shirts too:) thanks sis, love you.
not sure if its too early...supposed to get into the thirties today. but the frogs were out croaking and laying eggs. i counted at least 20 made it through the winter and they got busy at one time or another because it looks like a killer crop:) maybe some frog legs this summer... can you eat bull frog:)?