It's good to be home again, and I took the occasion of an appointment out east to draw a little further from home than I normally do. This railroad track runs the spine of Memphis, right along our main artery for much of the way, and much of my younger life was marked by waiting at crossings, trying to remember what time the trains come through, trying to think where the underpasses are, etc. Now, finally, I live on the north side of the train in a section of Memphis that is united on one side of the tracks, so it figures less in my life than it used to. But it's still a major landmark for me when I venture out into the areas where I grew up.
I'm finally back in the saddle for new blog posts. Sorry to have been gone so long. We were house-sitting at Country Workshops, a small farm and woodworking school in a remote corner of North Carolina. It's so remote, in fact, that broadband isn't offered, and my Weebly site builder won't work on their dial-up. So I just waited to come home again.
I've been working hard all summer on my urban sketches (my show hangs next week!), and it was lovely to have a vacation. I did several small pastels that I plan to paint from this winter, and I did a little printmaking, but mostly I read three books, took naps almost every day, played music with the next-door neighbor, and totally enjoyed hearing my Cardinals win the World Series. We could get the radio signal up there with the Cards broadcasters we love, but there wasn't a tv signal.
The farm is a gorgeous place, and we're lucky enough to either house-sit or go for a class once or twice a year. Elmore is sounding very tempted by the boat-building class next year, and I'll enjoy hanging out to paint. They just got their 2012 schedule up, and I can't recommend the place strongly enough if you're looking to take a wood-working, basket-weaving, or cooking class.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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