Monday, April 3, 2006
Lamenting Woodstock and April Fool's Day
Vivid Sky, 2006, Oil on Panel, 18x24
Saturday was an interesting day. Doug and I spent the morning trying to avoid the booby traps set around the house by our son. In my day, April Fool's Day was a chance to completely fool someone into thinking that you were actually a russian spy or that an alien had invaded your younger sister's body. Now it seems to be the day that you try to kill or maim or annoy your parents by winding thread from doorknob to doorknob throughout the house or by placing objects on top of the doors which would fall off when you open the door. The most effective thing he did was to tape the cordless phone to the base which, when I removed the tape, pulled off the battery case, which then fell out and narrowly missed breaking one or more of my toes, making me feel like a fool.
By noon, we had gotten out of the house alive and had a nice drive down to the opening at Enderlin Gallery. It was a good show, lovely paintings of flowers and well attended. I spoke with someone who is trying decide about buying one of my paintings and another piece may have sold also. We stayed for about an hour and then drove down to Woodstock.
We must have mental to not move to the Woodstock area when we decided to relocate to NY. I love it there! Besides the beautiful landscape, my people are in Woodstock. Natural types, midwives, yoga, whole food stores, galleries and artists abound. In the summer it is full of tourists, but right now it's still pretty quiet and we spent the afternoon checking out the galleries and shops in the center of town. I bought an embroidered hippie-dippie type shirt here:
and we marveled at the variety of handblown glass pipes and elaborate bongs that were available in many of the shops. What are the laws on selling drug paraphernalia anyway? Guess I am still thinking of Utah where there was NO CHANCE IN HELL that you could find a bong in a store, let alone in a clear glass display case visible the moment that you walked in the door. Anyway, I have spent quite a bit of time in Woodstock over the last year or so. Last summer I took two figure drawing workshops at the Woodstock School of Art. One was for 3 days and the other was a whole week, and both times I stayed here which was a total trip. There is such a strong artist's community thriving there and I can't tell you how much I wish we could live in that kind of environment. I love our old house and our "spot" but the thought of living in that community is so tempting. I think we will be keeping Woodstock in the back of our minds as a future possibility.
In the meantime, we got home and I wasn't at all surprised to find 6 rubber snakes when I pulled back the covers on my side of the bed. I calmly added them to the plastic spiders on Doug's side and went to sleep. Doug actually didn't notice them until the morning, which had our son feeling quite proud all day that his dad had slept on a pile of fake spiders and snakes. Still not sure about that qualifying as an April Fool's joke, but I appreciate his consistency.