A lot of my inspiration for making art comes from being outside. I'm a big walker. My yellow lab Cassy is getting older and I'm watching her slow down and wondering what will happen to our daily walks? We love to clamber over mesas for miles every day (or at least I love to do this and she humors me). But she is approaching 10 years old and is not as thrilled to just peek around this or that corner or over that rise any more. Will I have to leave her behind? I will have to continue walking and probably to get another dog when she is gone because there is no better motivation to walk than a dog's begging for some exercise. I've been plying her with glucosamine and even lift her out of the back of the truck to save her joints (her vet recommended it--I'm not completely nuts!) The big skies of New Mexico just seem to help me forget all the details that clog my mind day to day and that lets me feel possibilities for art--and other things in life.
Here are some photos of me out on the west rim trail of the Rio Grande Gorge. That is Wheeler Peak in the background near Taos. Mostly I think I'm thinking about how I'm going to redo my website completely--and how much this needs doing--and how I don't have the time to do it right now or the money to pay someone to do it for me. And then I saw the sunset and the alpineglow on the mountain, and I realized how fabulous it was just to be outside and able to walk. The website can wait a little bit... at least for today.