Force of Nature Blooming and Appropriated

#24 – Tuesday August 30th

Our Stapelia is blooming, and has the most amazing flowers. It was a cutting from a friend, simply stuck into a pot on the back porch table, and left to its own devices. It’s grown like a weed and like I said, produces the most amazing flowers. They’re huge, star like, cream with maroon markings, and seven, eight inches across, dwarfing the plant.

I’ve been using more reds in the recent canvasses. Combinations of Naphthol red, Quinactidone red, Quinactidone burnt orange, Cobalt violet, with daubs of Iron oxide thrown in . . . a wonderfully deep, dark, rich red.  In one of the new canvasses, I’d blithely drawn in these wave-like lines using my red mixture, and only after, looking at the photographs of my Stapelia in bloom, did I realize I’d unwittingly appropriated the markings of this surprising flower. I’m usually much more cognitively deliberate in poaching from my surroundings and stumbling into this spontaneous intersection, however small, is a delightful reminder of the power nature exerts over me. Organic abstraction indeed.

What’s in play this week ? . . . Tinariwen’s latest, “Tassili”. Tinariwen is a collective of Tuaureg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of Mali, and as expected, their guitar driven music has its roots in West African Music, but also influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Elvis, and Bob Marley. The lead guitarist and founder, Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, built his first guitar out of a tin can, stick, and a bicycle brake wire.  On Tassili, Tinariwen is joined by Nels Cline, guitarist from the band “Wilco”, two musicians from the band “TV on the Radio”, and New Orleans’ “Dirty Dozen Brass Band”. Seriously, listen and get your grove on.Tassili can be heard in its entirety here.

Molly Teardrop keeps growing and for a 7.5 month old pup, with a very svelte figure, she now weighs an astonishing 38.4 pounds. Molly promises to be a big girl, taking after her sire, Iron Will. On Sunday we had the pleasure to attend the monthly “Yappy Hour” sponsored by Arizona Cattle Dog Rescue. There were somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 Cattle Dogs in attendance, some with their respective humans, and some needing new homes. One of the remarkable dogs, Stevie, was blinded by an unknown person, but you can’t tell by the way he finds his way around, even playing fetch, by sound. Here is a photo slideshow of “Yappy Hour”  Molly Teardrop is in there somewhere . . . and ACDR’s website 

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