bemusing musings of a bewildered brush-wielder

the interruption

I had been in the studio for seven hours the other day, painting a self portrait.  I had taken a couple coffee breaks, but other than that, I had just been painting.  I was determined to get this portrait locked in, so I just grit my teeth and kept working.  And then there was a knock at the door- who was interrupting my work?  It was my good friend Dave, and he had his guitar case in hand.  I was so glad he randomly stopped by, I needed a break but hadn’t allowed myself to have one.  Then, another knock at the door.  It was another two friends with guitars, Dave Moore and Ronny, randomly stopping by to play music with me.  I pulled out my fiddle- or is it my violin?- and we began to play.  Two minutes later, Margaret showed up with Liam and Evan.  As we all played music, I saw my next painting.

A Time to Talk

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, ‘What is it?’
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

Robert Frost


4 responses

  1. You and Robert Frost both understand one of the secrets of being a great artist: Appreciate the world. Enjoy the glory of the Creation.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:00 am

  2. Is that your sone with a Martin? This looks like a ton o’ fun.

    May 18, 2010 at 2:35 am

    • Yeah, that is Liam holding a Martin backpacker guitar, happily strumming away, playing Stairway to Heaven (ha). What you can’t see is Margaret behind the camera, terrified that Liam is going to drop the guitar and smash it on the floor.

      Don’t you play the guitar Ben? Maggie and I are gettin the urge to ramble again, maybe we could head your direction and play some tunes…

      May 19, 2010 at 7:12 am

  3. I loved the “Interuption”,reminds me of a song from down south”stoppin by a Cool Spring” I saw your father this weekend,and you know Hello’s turn into great history discussions.
    I know your busy and getting ready for the next show.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:34 am

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