Just about every weekend this Spring we've had visitors come to see the Desert Dairy. Yesterday we hosted three groups, for tours, drinks and snacks. I guess I'd hoped this would happen, but I'm shocked it's taken so little time. Doesn't hurt that Joshua Tree is "hot" right now.
We had a short residency with Dylan Mortimer, an artist from Kansas, in which he painted a dead tree by the corral pink. (Side note on pink: Cindy Zimmerman's "Rain Grotto" is strongly pink, the barn is pink, and the house...) His work is about how trees look like bronchial tubes–he's had two double lung transplants.
The sculpture looks great but made us realize how messy the corral still is, clogged with metal, wood, trash and construction material from the previous owners. The space has the potential to be gorgeous with the two rows of weathered posts framing views of the Bullion Mountains. We're getting a bid from some local muscle to dig it out, but today Ted and I were inspired to wake up early and start the process. I have this idea that adobe bricks could help hold back the dune and create a flat space. We'll see what happens.
And... we filled our pool for the upcoming season. Ready, set, summer!
Anna does most of the writing. Ted does most of the photos. But sometimes we switch. We are repairing a distressed property in 29 Palms, California, and eventually hope to run an artist residency there.