Author Archives: Fran Meneley

Hello Spring!

“Spring has come again. The earth is like a child who knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Well hello there! Spring, you’re here early this year but, I will happily take you as you are. So relieved to give the old heave-ho to winter. Can’t pack up the sweaters just yet…one day it’s 75 and the next we get some snow (like today), but the easing of the grip of grey and brown, dark days and bitter cold is welcome. It’s a joy to watch the earth come back to life.

Over the long hibernating season I crocheted and stitched on tea stained wool felt with yarn, recovered from a little surgery, read, worked and dreamed up a new adventure. In September I’ll be hosting and facilitating an artist’s retreat at the lovely Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, NM. Open to 12 artist’s who can work independently (there will be no formal instruction), we will gather for a week in a spacious adobe studio with ample room to spread out. Each participant will have a 3′ X 8′ table with adjoining wall space. We’ll sleep under the New Mexico stars, each tucked into a cozy bed in one of Mabel’s many bedrooms. We’ll be nourished with breakfast and dinner from Mabel’s kitchen and dine together in her lovely dining room. While days are spent in solo work, field trips and meals are in community. The wifi only works in the Mabel’s living and dining rooms, so it can also be a kind of media vacation as well. This week will an amazing time to work in your chosen medium, alone, but together in community and to nourish your creative voice as well as your spirit. And thankfully, and with great gratitude, let Mabel’s kitchen nourish your body. For more information, click over on the right hand side of this blog on the Taos Studio Retreat button…all the details there. And don’t let the word “artist” intimidate you. If you are a creative person who can work independently, you’ll fit right in. Join us!

The lovely portal along the front of Mabel’s house.

In the department of inspiration, I had the pleasure of seeing some films at the Boulder International Film Festival in February and I thought I’d tell you about 3 of them, all wonderful and out soon.

Ella Brennan: Commanding The Table – So inspiring. But beware, you will feel you have done nothing all day. This woman is a powerhouse.

California Typewriter – Quirky in the best way. For the typewriter lover in all of us. If you don’t have one now, you’ll want one at the end of this film.

Obit – I’m not sure why I’m so fascinated by the obits, but I love reading them. Something about the arc of a life. I life cemeteries too – all those stories. This film is about the wonderful obit writers at the New York Times and their celebration of lives well lived.

Enjoy your spring!

 

Summer Solstice!

Hello Summer!!! I don’t know about you all but I am lovin’ summer! June is my favorite month, in part because we are groovin’ right towards the longest, lightest, brightest day of the year…today! Oh summer how I love your green grass and true blue skies and the whir of sprinklers and robin song atContinue Reading

Super Natural British Columbia

Super Natural British Columbia

What a whirlwind September was! Part of it was celebrating our 25th anniversary with a trip to British Columbia. It’s tagline is Super Natural and it really and truly is.   Super Natural…as in nature on steroids. Of course it’s always amazing for me to be at a beach as Colorado has just about zeroContinue Reading

The Turning Of The Season

The Turning Of The Season

I’m having a hard time letting go of summer. As the light shortens and the air crisps up in the morning, I just want to clutch the edges of the summer light with a pleading, “no, don’t go”! It was a very, very fun summer. And the weather here much like I remember it asContinue Reading

Classes!!!

Classes!!!

Great news! The fall class schedule is up on the Two Hands Paperie website! Wow, Mia and her staff have done a wonderful job of collecting some amazing and talented people to teach! Check. It. Out. Go here…now! On September 6th I’ll be teaching a watercolor and transfer class, that I’m calling Transference. It’s aContinue Reading

The Land of Being Enchanted – Part Two

The Land of Being Enchanted – Part Two

The supplies got packed… …and that long ribbon of highway beckoned to the Land of Enchantment. I was inspired and humbled by the more than 150 folk artists from 60 countries at the International Folk Art Market (photo from their website). Most traveled very long distances by bus and boats and camels and cars andContinue Reading

The Land Of Being Enchanted – Part One

The Land Of Being Enchanted – Part One

Yes, indeed, I’ve been enchanted…  …by the sky and the International Folk Art Market gathering of world makers… …cups of early morning tea with Taos Mountain as my companion… …platters of high summer berries at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House… …color studies in the studio… …and big drawings on their way to being paintings… …andContinue Reading

That Long Ribbon Of Highway

That Long Ribbon Of Highway

Vacation planning…taking all the important stuff. Paint brushes, paint, scissors, found bottle caps…important stuff. I’ll be heading down that long ribbon of highway known as Interstate 25 towards New Mexico and Sas and Mabel’s. I’ll be sending out dispatches from The Land of Enchantment here and on Instagram… …soaking up trumpets of summer a.k.a. Hollyhocks…Continue Reading

Long May She Wave

Long May She Wave

Happy Fourth of July Everyone! I will be spending my day hiking in a place I love, with the man I love. Watching a parade. Eating all the summery foods I can get my hands on. Counting my blessings and loving my country (but not always it’s government). This week especially has me thinking aboutContinue Reading

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Last Saturday a group of us gathered together at my studio for a Summer Solstice workshop that my friend Gaela and I cooked up. I call Gaela the land whisperer, a lovely (and knowledgable) soul who studies and intuits nature and it’s energies. Before you think I’ve gone all woo-woo, what Gaela does is recognizedContinue Reading