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You Gotta Hear This

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A few weeks ago, I had the tremendous privilege of joining Sabrina Ward Harrison and Trent Reynolds on their new podcast called “Room In The Trees”.  

If you haven’t listened to any of their episodes yet, you really gotta.  I highly recommend subscribing!

“Room In The Trees” is a valuable (and fun!) resource for artists – they discuss lots of topics that matter to we creative types.  I’ve enjoyed every episode (but forgive me, I may be partial to the one where I’m the guest.)  

Listen in here y’all!  

And let us know what you think!!

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Secret Horses

Nearly every little girl I’ve known has begged for a pony – I was no exception.  Growing up in Texas meant there were many beautiful horses nearby – a couple I was allowed to ride, but none were mine.  I still long for that pony – a shiny black male, strong and sleek.  I admit to pretending that my black cocker spaniel is a horse, often calling him “my little pony”.  In many ways he is . . . he is constantly on my mind and in my heart.  I whisper stories in his ear, sometimes cry onto his furry little shoulder and take him on romps in the field whenever I can.  I change lyrics to songs to include him, I recite poetry in his name . . . I’m obsessed.  I’m ridiculous.

Over my 50 plus years, I’ve come to realize that a real life pony isn’t my only heart-longing.  There are many others.  I call them my “secret horses”.  One such horse is kind of an unusual desire to own a large Airstream trailer.  I’d take it on the road and visit artists in their studios.  Then I’d interview them on camera in their creative spaces.  Huh.

Other secret horses include a living-room-sized closet (more “boutique” than closet) and an ache to own not one, but TWO, art barns!  One barn to use as my own studio – the other to host creativity retreats.  If I could have a real horse, an Airstream, a monster closet and TWO art barns – well that’s no “secret horse” – it’s a large and happy HERD of my very own!

I’m sharing these with you – oh and there’s others – because 1) if I say it “out loud” it may actually come to pass and 2) I firmly believe “secret horses” are super important.  They are more than goals . . . more than ideas or a passing whim.  “Secret horses” are real!  In them, we glimpse our soul’s deepest desires – they are road maps and clues to who we most long to be.  They may be crazy – unreasonable even!  They may take years to manifest – but they are visions of our truest, deepest selves.

I’m going to chase my Secret Horses down – one by one.  Then, I will throw a rope over its strong, glossy neck and make him mine!  Until then, I’ve got a shiny black dog by my side, an off-roadin’ jeep in my driveway, a smallish closet I share with my man, art retreats to attend and two amazing art barns studios!

(painting – “Secret Horses”, texture, acrylic and ink on paper)