Random Rodents with Plague

What’s on my mind?

The building of a casino in front of our house in the desert, the bedroom addition being added to our little cabin in Big Bear,  the random rodents with plague found in the neighboring mountain communities, the bread I bought at Trader Joe’s on Monday that is covered with mold today, the planning and implementation of The Joshua Tree National Park Art Show and Faire.



Guess I must not be a TRUE artist because everything else comes first,. Also, I am not starving, I don’t need to sell my slightly used Hasselblad Stellar to buy food for my rare speckled guinea pigs. I do not stay up all night worrying about if my art is au courant, and I love being interrupted to chat with friends.


Thank you Perry Hoffman for creating the above postcard!

On a brighter note, Allen and I will be opening our studios for BOTH weekends of the Hwy 62 Art Tours !The last two weekends in October are a beautiful time to visit the desert, we will share our latest creations with you, some food and drink and a viewing platform to observe the progress (sic) of the casino.

I promise to be in a more cheerful mood by then!


Hearts of Gold

We have been away from the desert for far too long but were visiting  family abroad and paying our last respects an older family member who passed away while we were gone.  Working side by side with my husband, his brother and my sister-in-law to find, sort, and clean away all the ephemera accumulated over 90 years has raised a warning flag. In the past few years as I gather forgotten, cast off items to use in my art work, I don’t use as much as I collect and I am accumulating far more treasures than I need. Home is indeed a place to gather……..people not things.  Image It is time to start peeling back the onion skins and find the hearts of gold. In the studio and in my personal life.

“Every traveler…

“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”“When I speak of home, I speak of the place where in default of a better–those I love are gathered together; and if that place where a gypsy’s tent, or a barn, I should call it by the same good name notwithstanding.”
― Charles Dickens


An abundance of good friends,  new friends, art patrons, curiosity seekers, fellow artists, and wanderers showed up for our Annual Open Studio Art Tours Event the end of October.  It was a homecoming, of sorts, since Allen and I were in Detroit marrying off our youngest during the 2011 Hwy 62 Art Tours.  My new direction of small canvases was well received, in fact I sold several, and my large canvas was the topic of much discussion.  Fellow artist, Deborah Martin, gave me the canvas with a challenge to work large and after staring at it for a month, I took the first brush to canvas .  I was pleasantly surprised with the result and at the feeling of  “opening up” that working on a larger piece gave me , physically as well as artistically.   If you are interested in seeing it in person, I entered in the Southland Show currently hanging at the Twentynine  Palms Art Gallery.

Allen and I will be traveling during much of the next couple of months but my art is available at ArtF/X & Furnishings  in Yucca Valley, D L Bowden Frame Shop and Gallery in Twentynine Palms, and the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley.   If you are in the Bakersfield area, I have entered four pieces in the Small Works Show at the Metro Galleries on 19th Street.

This holiday season keep your eyes open for the abundance of unexpected  small pleasures hidden beneath any burdens you may carry.


Back in our desert studio, listening to music, playing with textures and letting the mediums speak to me.  These four newest pieces pretty much took me along for the ride, I had lots of mundane things on my mind so they found their own way and ended up in a totally different place than I thought we were going. But I love them!  Come visit our studio on the second weekend of the Hwy 62 ArtTours and see them in person.

High Country Hiatus



Spending some down time at our cabin in Sugarloaf. It is lovely this time of year to have a place to escape the heat of the desert, make (and eat) homemade waffles with real maple syrup, lie in the hammock, read large quantities of mindless paperbacks, plant some annuals and watch the ground squirrels and bunnies eat them.  

I have not worked on any art since my show came down at the Twentynine Palms Inn, in May, but have ordered some canvasses ( 4″x6″ ) and am visualizing my new directions.  Although the assemblages inside rusty  sardine cans are very popular, it becomes harder and harder to find the raw material and I feel the need to “come out” of the can.  I will continue to work pieces within the lovely aged walls of the remaining couple of dozen but when my stock runs out, that is it.  I have done several small canvas pieces over the past year, incorporating the same elements as my petite assemblage: collage, found objects, rusty bits, and text fragments with the addition of paint and dimensional mediums. I will continue to explore this avenue and you can see all my art, first hand, at this years Hwy 62 ArtTours. My husband, Allen Robison Barter, and I will be opening our home studios and invite you all to visit us during the second weekend of the tours, October 27-28, 2012. 

Fellow artist Mark Junge asked for name suggestions for his latest painting of Joshua Tree National Park, and he chose the name I suggested!   What an honor! An added benefit was that I was forced to update my website, thanks Mark.