August 2015 is almost over, and I still never wrote the Farallons blog I promised in November 2014. I suck at the internet, sorry. So, here is a really long blog post with lots of photos, about this last year of my life. Art, birds, moving, beginning a new relationship with my canine-partner-4-life, travelling around Cali with my new-to-me camper shell. If you don't care about my life or all the CUTE PUPPY PICTURES and you really just want to know about the crazy birds they're seeing right now on Los Farallones, check here: http://tpadsefi.blogspot.com/.
This weekend I volunteered to dog sit my best friends' FOUR dogs, plus my pup, which makes FIVE dogs. In Merced, in the heat. I took them on a long hike at 5am on the first day and they made me so sore I couldn't move today, except to type and fail at yoga. Since being on Dyke Dog Whisperer duty (sorry Caesar, you can keep LA but I've got Merced on lock), I've had some time to contemplate the giant painting hanging on my friends' wall. Which is my painting, that she purchased last July at The Sister Show, my first EVER art show at Arbor Cafe in Temescal, Oakland. My sister and I both had our art on the walls, thus the name, and we both painted huge tree murals which you can see in the photo for this article about Arbor Cafe:
Hers is the awesome abstract black-n-white, mine is the rainbow one, go figure. My sister Maren is awesome, as an artist and person :). Check out her website at marenpreston.com.
For your enjoyment, here is a close-up of the love owl at the center of that painting:
And here are some things that have happened since The Sister Show:
ONE month spent on the Farallon Islands. Saw three Sulid species on Sugarloaf, explored sea caves by moonlight and saw OCTOPI EATING THINGS, also watched an elephant seal get demolished into a bloody mess by a 17 ft Great White Shark. Both photos by Lara White.
Painted a picture of my adventure on Lost Farallones. These are details of a 4 ft x 5 ft painting called Portal, which also features garbage and is currently under a mouse-shit-covered-blanket (which is fitting, given the mouse problem on the island). Moving with big paintings is a whole new level of hell. Will someone bring me back a pet Burrowing Owl from SEFI to deal with my mouse issues? They are rather abundant there, no one will miss just one.
I had to leave the Farallon Islands earlier than planned last fall because my Santa Cruz abode of 4 years was sold to an un-named individual from San Jose who illegally evicted me and harrassed all of us tenants so much that I didn't want to stay there anyways. Long story, and not unique to me. But that's all I'll say for now about The Housing Crisis. (Don't get me started).
So I moved to the cattle ranch in Pescadero where I work, and now I'm making tea, cookies and pie. And reading books. And absolutely loving it.
Side note: karma is a b*tch, because when I went by my old place in SC, instead of a new tenant's car, I saw a work truck with this sign on it: "America's Repiping Specialists." So, that's about a $100K plumbing job, with 70 year old plumbing and a prior history of A-POO-CALYPSE (for real, haz mat suited minions had to pipe shit from under my house). And he thought he could make more, and easier, rent money by kicking me out. *Giggles*
I've set up a temporary art studio in a broken-down greenhouse behind my bedroom. Only one half of the greenhouse has a roof, which is leaky at best, so this might not be the best painting spot come EL NINO GIGANTE. We'll see.
OK so last but not least: PUPPY PICTURES. Her name is Laz, for LAZB, for Lazuli Bunting, for Lapis Lazuli, for LOVE OF MY LIFE. She has her very own kennel-camper-shell, complete with mural, so she can be truck-adventure-dog-with-art. Here are a few of the SEVERAL HUNDRED images taken of her since our life-meld in mid-June. These first two photos are when all the pups were 4 weeks old, and taken by the lady who runs the rescue org:
Pick-up day, 8 wks old. She just got her tongue in my mouth:
Claiming my slippers:
Laz love, photo by Elaine Patarini:
OK I'm exhausted of posting pictures. You're probably tired of reading. Plus this last photo is such a great one to end on. I'm going to do a part two. Coming soon, whenever I get my act together :)
In the meantime, check out Archie archii's blog Chasing Chickadees. Her photos are absolutely stunning, and she wrote a really sweet piece about me this summer (http://chick-a-deelicia.blogspot.com/2015/02/who-inspires-you.html). Rumor is she is visiting me again soon, on her way to SOUTH AFRICA! Might be we have to do a joint-special-guest-blog-post. Hee hee hee.