Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas in Sedona

This past week we spent in the mountains by the red rocks and energy vortexes of Sedona. The first day we settled into our cabin at the resort.

It was a bit tiny and in the first few hours our cat, Izzy, who we'd brought in the spur of the moment, slipped outside.

We panicked for hours and then she came back in time to drive us all crazy that first night.

The next day we headed over to Tlaquepaque Marketplace to do some last minute Christmas shopping.  It's set up like a Mexican village and is a really nice place to walk around.

A view from the stairs.

The massive T-Rex skull and Chloe admiring a painting in the gallery window.

Dried fruit displays filled the fountains (there's a drought).

Naomi by the rug store.

Chloe in the walkway.

Mike, Oscar and Chloe walking by another gallery.

Mike and Oscar in the courtyard.  We just brought Oscar to a new vet before we left and she told us he is A LOT older than 3 years like we thought.  His teeth indicate a 4 or 5 year old dog and his eyes show him to be 8 or 9 years old.  We're calling him 6 years old now, but it's like he aged dramatically overnight and the kids have been spoiling him.

Naomi resting.

One of the moving sculptures.

Art appreciating by Naomi.

Another moving sculpture.

Phoebe in the wind.

Sisterly love.

Day of the Dead at Christmas!

The marketplace thru an arch.

The reclining buddha.

Statue in the garden.

We stopped that day for lunch in the Secret Garden Cafe.

It was a nice little place and allowed Oscar on the patio with us. 

Much of the days leading up to Christmas were spent shopping and wrapping gifts, but we did manage to try some of the art programs and the yoga classes on offer at the resort.  Also every evening the girls would brave freezing temperatures to sit in the outdoor hot tub and heated pool.  Mike and I only got up the guts one evening before we left.

Christmas eve and Christmas day was spent with extended family, sharing dinner and gifts.

Here's Naomi and Mike's little cousin, who's now 4yrs old (but likes three better) and would only respond if you addressed him as "Secret Agent Man".

And here's a blurry picture of baby Joyce, who's now crawling and pulling up.

Christmas was quite nice, and it was fantastic to see everyone.  Yesterday we returned home after a week away and now have quite a bit to do before we leave again for San Diego next week.  I'm in the middle of building this octopus for my show next year...

And I need to ship out these boxes to an art dealer in Philadelphia.

They'll soon be for sale at S.O.T.A.- Spirit of The Artist on Pine St. !!

I hope you all had a joyful holiday!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas cards and Zoo Lights

Phoebe's been very busy this week experimenting with watercolors and making Christmas cards for all her friends...

On Thursday last week we went to see "Zoo Lights" at the Phoenix Zoo.
The sign at the entrance.

The sign over the water.

Finally past all the signs!!

This is Naomi in front of the cafe (looking spooky under the many lights). We stopped for some snacks as it was dinner time.

Chloe waiting for her french fries.

We quickly ate some food and then onwards to the lights!

There were monkeys.

And bunnies.

And an amazing light spectacle over the pond.

This baby Komodo dragon was one of the few animals you could view during Zoo Lights and he was sleeping!

My only picture of Phoebe that night.

This is some kind of warthog.

This is the amazing spider web!

That's Mike underneath the amazing spider web!

2 loving snakes.

And a  beehive in a glowing tree.... (Did you sing it in your head?)

And here's a preying mantis.  

Zoo lights was a lot of fun.  I know people think this is a good thing to do with little children, but my teenagers had a great time, so I think it's for everyone.

Tonight is the third night of Hannukah.  For the last few nights we've had a guest staying with us.  It's one of Chloe's school friends who's Mom kicked her out of her house.  She's been sharing Hannukah with us so far.

Happy Hannukah!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Winter rains and a first day of school

On Thursday it rained and rained. It doesn't rain that often in Phoenix so each time it's an event and I write about it. Everyone here keeps their eye on the ever diminishing water table, but that's life in the desert.  On Friday morning I walked the dog on the shady side of the street. As I strolled down the sidewalk my feet crunched, and crunched.  I looked down to discover I'd been crushing a swarm of tiny snails that had covered the concrete.  It was sad and gross at the same time.

In other news, Naomi started a new school this week. She's been having a miserable year at middle school.  Her grades were slipping badly for the first time in her whole school career.  After much discussion we decided a fresh start was worth a try. As you can see she wears a uniform again.  She hasn't gone to a uniform school since we lived in Argentina.  It will be an adjustment, but hopefully a good one.

This month I'm sad to announce that our radio show "Art of The Red River" has been cancelled.  We've had many wonderful guests over the years and all of us (myself, and my co-hosts Mike and Wade) were all sorry to see it end, but we had a great three year run!

I've been working on another sculpture for my solo show at the Central Gallery.  The concept behind my work for this show is that the sculpture bursts out from the book, showing the world that's held inside.  This sculpture will hang on the wall and is called "The Little Ship".

Also, I've started my holiday shopping.  Every year I say I'm going to plan better, but then I don't and rush about in the last couple of weeks before Christmas.  Sae la vie.
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut


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