As I was driving back from school with Ulysse this afternoon, we noticed a stacked of white dry wood on the side of the road at the beginning of the forest. We passed it but I had a flash, had to brake and back up. Could these be bones? We stopped, got out of the car and sure enough there was a stack of deer skulls piled on rocks. We find bones and skulls on the mountain, in fields and in the wood quite often, but the wondrous thing about these was they were completely white, dry and clean, therefore they had been there for at least a year. One of them had the top of the skull sawed off, meaning that the antlers had been taken and that these were the results of hunting season, but not the past autumn's one. I love bones and skulls, I consider them to be the equivalent of seashells when you live in the forest away from the ocean. I have been collecting skulls and bones of all sorts for about 20 years now, have boxes full of them, all cleaned up and identified. There is a sort of beauty in their design and purity of lines that I just love. I would love to spend some times in the desert, maybe Arizona or New Mexico and go hunt for my favorite treasures... ABOUT HOLLYHOCKS SEEDS...I managed to assemble my seed packets today and will be shipping them next Monday. I still have tons of them, so if anybody else wants some, they are yours. To all of you who have contacted me about this giveaway, please send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org. I need to know where to ship them! Friends of us are going to Italy in late May and will be taking some seeds with them, same for a member of the family who is going to Germany this summer. Love to imagine my beautiful hollyhocks growing all around the world!!! I have been working all week on commissioned paintings and it seems I am so slooooooooow, can't seem to be able to put myself in second gear. Same for working late at night. I usually work till 2 or 3 a.m. 3 nights a week but this week, comes 10 o'clock, my bed and my book are calling me... Been working on many, many sketches for new paintings too, which is always so exciting! TIME FOR MORE PICTURES OF MY TRIP TO MEXICO
Picture #6 - This is the gate of a private place we drove by daily to go to the pueblo. I think it is just beautiful! The color, the shape of it, the moon and the star... I will work on a similar one for my garden this summer.