What a treat to have this time. I’ve been living out of a suitcase in a motel while working in Albuquerque on “The Book of Eli”. My co-workers are extraordinarily gifted and easy to be with and the sets are beautiful, sumptuous, and stark. No photos, sorry, as these are closed sets but I’m sure that when it is released the film will draw a lot of attention.
No time for my own art now. With the world falling apart it doesn’t seem smart to say no to work. We work from 6 in the morning to 6 at night, and soldier on six days a week. I’ve jumped from the art lane to the art factory. I’ll be back in the studio soon enough. Hopefully more collaborations await.
The time I have I spend with family and friends. Broadus, now 9 years old, has developed a love for model rocketry (using rockets and solid fuel engines from Estes Industries). I’m back in my childhood now, doing some things I always wanted to do. Lucky me, Broadus loves it, too.
In debriefing after our launches we have determined a few things. It is best not to launch after dark, things like that. We’ve blown up a few rockets and crashed others and we’ve frozen our butts off out on the soccer field, but we’ve had a great time.Naomi is as usual, organizing is 12 directions. She and Ada have just returned from 4 days in NYC working with donor organizations funding some large projects in New Orleans. The Las Vegas NM Cold Weather Shelter seems to be a going concern. Folk-singer and songwriter and 7 times Grammy nominee John McCutcheon (www.folkmusic.com), will be playing benefit concerts Valentine’s Day in Santa Fe and the following evening here in Las Vegas NM, to benefit the Rio Gallinas Charter School, The Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center, and Grassroots Leadership, Inc. and their work against the private prison industry/complex and immigrant family detention centers in NM (and across the country). UWC-USA will host John’s song-writing workshop Sunday afternoon on the UWC campus (free to UWC students, $20 to others, space limited). She is also organizing the annual 2009 New Mexico Peace Works Conference – Global Youth Forum and Youth Leadership Workshops, Feb. 20 – 22, 2009, Santa Fe, NM FREE! Open to 7th – 12th Grade Youth. Please email me or leave a note here if you would like more info.
Here are some pics of the family now… Naomi and Ada and Broadus and me.