i have been in wallyburg for 2 months now and i am right on track with the space. it has been a fun rehab and surprisingly the body has kept up. i thought i'd post some after shots of the entire studio. you can go back to the july post to see the before pictures.
i have been getting to know some good peeps in town, and think i may have hit this place at the right time. the marijuana growing industry is picking up big time, with some money folks coming down from boulder to buy up cheap land. this is harvest season and the whole town smell like heaven... or skunk, depending on your take:) Come see me.
its crazy how much can happen in just 4 weeks, whether it be intentional or not. in this case a lot of intention and hard work and i'm about halfway there.
the bathroom and kitchen (not shown) will come together quick and finished by the end of the month, the guts are there.
then i will move to the back and the outside of the building. in the plans are a court yard, a fence and the work shops. buy the end of october it will be wrap if i get the wood stove in:)
the month of november will bring cooler weather, and another 4 week project, stay tuned
for some new art, bird houses, stools, and back to writing that crazy book:)
I have a contract on this building:) i will close on July 29th and start the remodeling process.
when i viewed it this time, a year after the first, i got nervous. not only b/c of the outflow of cash... but realizing the scope of this job was big and that coupled with my desire to create something spectacular and beautiful, will be a challenge.
this project will possibly my biggest and last... the old body needs to move on from this form of destruction. it will most definitely be my most important and most heart felt, a present and future dedication to my dad.
so here are some before pics. stay tuned to watch the transformation, and if you want to come hang out in a beautiful part of southern colorado and help. bring it on!
as the son of a football coach in the 70's and 80's, you live an incredible life full of excitement and full of hero's. My father had a friend who he shared his life as a coach with, for nearly 60 years, who died yesterday morning.
tommy hudspeth was one of my hero's, a charismatic, charming, dedicated family man, and a very successful coach. growing up i always aspired to be that kind of person and coach. football has changed a lot in 30 years and there will never be men like tommy again, in the current culture of football.
my father is very ill but he insisted in getting in the car in the attempt to see tommy before he died. tommy was battling cancer for a few years. my dad didn't make it, tommy died before we could get him there. my dad ended up having an episode, the night before tommy passed, that put him in ICU in oklahoma.
the doctors are still trying to figure out what is wrong. i believe my dad is heart broken and depressed over the loss of his best friend and his body gave in to the emotional stress. this relationship was the rock for my dad, who moved around so much in life, and i'm sure it felt like he was loosing part of himself.
i'm envious of this kind of bond, this kind of love and this kind of friendship. my heart aches for these men, one in his death and the other in his struggle at the end of life. i am very fortunate and glad to have their example of love and loyalty and they were very fortunate to have each other.
here's to you coach hudspeth, you will always be my hero. see you someday at the goaline.
this past weekend i had a great friend come to visit ft. worth.... so we had a trunk show. we had some fun visitors, some impromptu and plenty of wine and love dip! so glad chela came to see texas and that she had a decent show. thanks to my lovely friend leigh for snagging a piece of mine from the "pinc" series, circa 2007:) more shows to come.
what a great road trip, basically starting at sea level and making my way back into the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. red got in the ocean, walked the french quarter and made all kinds of friends. i got to see a lot of people who are dear to me and revisit old stomping grounds.
the weather started out great and quickly i became a magnet for rain. i had gracious hosts along the way, ate some great food and finished the two week event in New Orleans, depleting all the energy i had left:)
my return was bitter sweet, having to put my father into the hospital on the night of my arrival. he is still in the hospital, receiving dialysis, after his kidneys crashed tuesday night. the highs and lows of life are always present and will certainly give you perspective.
had my first paddle in sometime, today. i believe the last time i paddled in this state was in austin in 2005. the weather was great today 74º, and the wind was down. a great tuesday for a 2 hour paddle. the part of lake worth i was on was full of birds, 3 kinds of duck, a blue and white herron and some black cranes to name a few. the turtles were enjoying the weather as much as me. about me were planes in the flight pattern, fighter jets coming into NAS Ft. Worth and a highway at times. it was no watauga river, but fun non-the-less.
i got to see some great friends i haven't seen in a while this week, and my two favorite young dudes. jeff martinson was playing (sorry no pics) on his bday at the shrine in tulsa and of course all of my family, sans the bro. that is always what i want for xmas:)
very glad to have a little nook for me and red to live in while we move towards step two, what ever that is? since i have arrived here there have been many changes and renditions of the plan, this studio being one of the revisions.
i am so thankful to my sister and blake for being so open to this idea, i needed some payne normalcy for the next few months, and this space will eventually be a killer studio only.
after the holidays i'm onto a paid gig, one of two for a good friend... building out two business spaces for him. i'm getting too old for this;)
No more walks to the park but the exercise level has increased. Red is finding her true nature with the goats... a herder, and she loves it. It sure something to see and the pics do it little justice. From gallery pup to farm dog, she is living an adventurous life already:)