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The Red Bucket

Five years ago, an artist living in Barbados contacted me. She had come across a photo here and wanted to know if I’d give permission for her to paint it in oil paints. Her own daughter was well past “the red bucket stage,” and our photo spoke to her. She said she’d give credit to me on her website when it was done. I granted her permission to do so.

It was a photo that we had printed and have hanging in our hallway, because we love it so much. How cool that someone in Barbados noticed it, too! (Behold the power of the Internet!)

Every once in a while, I’d think of that random artist and wonder how she was doing. They were just fleeting thoughts, not enough to warrant any research. She’d pop into my head, and I’d go about my day.

At the beginning of February, I got another email from her. It’s done! It’s beautiful. It’s our little Claire, exploring the beach in California, red bucket in hand.

Click photo to enlarge.

Meow Wolf

You’ve seen a couple posts about our visit to one of Santa Fe’s newest attractions: Meow Wolf, The House of Eternal Return. We had a fantastic visit! It’s an immersive art exhibit with a mystery woven through the stories & dimensions. It’s one of those places that is so hard to explain; you just have to see it. (And even seeing it won’t make you believe some of these things!) The interactive displays are designed to trick your eyes while expanding your mind, and we left wanting more.

The plan for our adventure was to leave Albuquerque (where we’d been to see the Balloon Fiesta), drive to Santa Fe and do a hike before lunch. We would do lunch and then pop over to Meow Wolf for a couple of hours before checking into our next hotel and relaxing in Santa Fe for the evening.

Well, we got to Meow Wolf, and discovered the line of people wrapping from out the doorway around the building!

So, we opted to take photos of the HUGE sculptures in the parking lot and then come back after dinner.

Our plan worked like a charm! Of course, because we had to come back, we only had two hours to explore and play. On one hand, it was enough. Our brains were overloaded and could barely process what we were seeing, hearing, and experiencing. But on the other hand, we could have spent at least two more hours there…and more! If it wasn’t 6 hours away, we’d have gone back this weekend!

From what I’ve researched, this exhibit is built into an old 34,000 sq. ft. bowling alley. Inside, there is a 2-story (maybe 3?) Victorian House. There are “portals” or secret entrances throughout the exhibit. Everything is interactive and either lights up, makes noise, or is more than meets the eye. There are no maps of the place. You’re set free to explore, at your own pace, in your own direction. It was busy when we were there, but rather than being a hindrance, watching others interact with the displays helped us stumble upon secrets we would have never discovered on our own. (The hardest part was remembering we were supposed to touch things!)

Here’s a shot of Claire and me looking for clues in the mailbox outside the Victorian house.

A magnifying kaleidoscope (searching for more clues)

When you check in, you’re given the option of purchasing ChromaDepth glasses. They make the colors and lights split and pop! You can experience Meow Wolf without these, but we HIGHLY recommend them for just that added oomph!

You can crawl through the fireplace! You find yourself INSIDE the fish tank in the living room! You can walk into/through the fridge! (I didn’t get photos of that, but some lady came up beside us when we were looking at the kitchen for clues, and watching her open the fridge door AND THEN STEP INSIDE AND CLOSE IT BEHIND HER was one of the most startling and hilarious things I’ve experienced.) You can take a tumble in the dryer!

You can walk through a hidden door! (One of MANY different types!)

One of Claire’s favorite parts was opening the space-age doors (in one of the dimensions). Be sure  your sound is turned up for the video. Click on the above photo to see the video or click here for the link. (It will open another page to view the video my Instagram account.)

In one of the hidden rooms, we discovered lasers piercing a theatrical-smoke filled room. We then discovered they were much more than a pretty display!

These lasers are also “strings” that can be played when your hand touches them! It’s ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL.


Needless to say, we’re smitten with Meow Wolf. These photos and blog posts are just a teeny tiny tip of the iceberg. We’re not even sure if we saw it all (and we’re pretty sure we didn’t.) We gathered some clues, but not enough to even come close to solving the mystery of what happened to the family that lived in the Victorian house. (But that’s okay! It’s so much more than the mystery.) When we make the trek back to Santa Fe in the future, we’re definitely immersing ourselves in another round of mind-blowing awesomeness.

**Why is it called Meow Wolf? As the story goes, those involved in the creation of it had everyone write down two random words on separate pieces of paper that were then put in a hat. One paper was pulled out of the hat: Meow. Another piece was chosen: Wolf. There you have it. 😉

Meow Wolf – The House of Eternal Return – Just a Taste

When we were in Santa Fe, we got to experience Meow Wolf, The House of Eternal Return. It’s an immersive modern art exhibit (for lack of a more precise description), and it’s ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. If it didn’t take 6-hours to get there, we’d go again tonight. NO JOKE. There’s a mystery to solve, and you spend hours there and not even know if you’ve seen it all. It’s so hard to explain, but when I can wrap my head around a bit more of it, I’ll do a more elaborate blog post. In the meantime, here’s a picture of Claire and I inside the fish tank in the living room of a Victorian house, and a larger picture of the “fish tank.” (No, really.) 😉

April Art Show

Claire made waves at the Art Show. (Literally…) 😉

Birthday Dragons

Claire made me baby dragons for my birthday! Red and Blue. Aren't they sweet?!

Claire made me baby dragons for my birthday! Red and Blue. Aren’t they sweet?!

Her Newest Creation

Destino Flame

Claire made him out of polymer clay!

Meet Destino Flame, the baby dragon. (Yes, his name ends in an ‘o.’ It’s like “Destiny,” but “tougher sounding.” We’re not sure he’ll need the extra toughness when he grows up to be a ferocious dragon, what with the ability to fly and breathe fire.)

A New (Again) Hobby

For the upcoming summer, I’ve picked up a new (old?) hobby: Coloring for adults!

I got a book from Amazon and a fresh set of markers.

I’m hooked!

Coloring for adults

Finished ColoringClick photos to see more detail.

What’s amazing to me is how different the completed design looks from the one in progress. I had in mind some colors I wanted to use and just let my mind wander down whatever path it wanted.

This was so relaxing and so much fun!

Watercolor Gargoyles and Ivy

I’ve been keeping a secret for months now.

In my watercolor class, I painted two gargoyles. I’d chosen two of my husband’s favorites, and I was thrilled with the results. (How many gargoyles do we have here? I thought I’d counted all of them when I was doing this project, but then I found another one the other day that I’d missed! It’s a good thing I’m not the one responsible for feeding them.)

I was able to sneak away and get my artwork framed for him for the holidays unbeknownst to him. I’ve had them secreted away in my office closet ever since.

He was thrilled, and they look great!

Gargoyles and Ivy Watercolor

For now, they’re on the mantle, to keep them out of harm’s way, and I’m really happy with how they turned out.

Gargoyle Left

Close-up of the left one.

Gargoyl Right

Close-up of the right one.

Click each photo for more detail.

Watercolor Rocks & Water

This one was fun!

Remember, watercolor paintings are best viewed from 10 feet back. Zooming in on the photo, though cool, may not give the desired effect. :)

Remember, watercolor paintings are best viewed from 10 feet back. Zooming in on the photo, though cool, may not give the desired effect. 🙂

Negative Space Leaves

I spent the majority of the day NOT painting leaves. That said, my "Negative Space Leaves" watercolor project today turned out rather positive, if I do say so myself. This one was a lot of fun!

I spent the majority of the day NOT painting leaves. That said, my “Negative Space Leaves” watercolor project today turned out rather positive, if I do say so myself. This one was a lot of fun!