My mother’s old friend Patsy Greer came up yesterday for me in terms of this novel. I think I’ll writer her because she was so wonderful to me as a child. At my character’s age in this novel in real life. She lived in a series of houses all over town and she had fabulous style. Three things I have always had in my life come from her influence. Chandeliers! Angels Trumpet Trees and trompe l’oeil painting.
So, in childhood I spent many years in fab hotels. It was just something we all did, and that is why I love that one so much. It’s almost a California landmark. No, it is one. My grandparents would come down for Christmas and we went out! I was there many times and in other big famous ones all over California.
Anyway, one summer we rented a house Patsy had in my fav little town! The kitchen was typically Patsy — she had painted clouds in there — against the faintest blue sky.
Like my grandmother, Patsy loved french antiques and so do I. But, I like many different things as well. I grew up surrounded by artists.
I love cup of Gold vine too! One I lived on Canon Perdido in a very old adobe and there was one…
So, anyway — my thoughts on that healing house high up in Toro Canyon.
When I ran away to the fab old mansion, I was just driving around in the canyon — and I found it! Cross street is Viola! Anyway, the fab scientist who built this sublime place — wait til you see it, it was for his wife as a zen retreat but they are splitting or? He wanted to sell it.
When I saw it? OMG. Healing retreat and I know how to landscape it. I sort of dreamed my way through the whole thing but that is another story. The scientist and I had a fab conversation. Anyway — the way it is built is PERFECT! for lectures in ECOPSYCH, but the retreat is a retreat? Also on same line with upper Pacifica & Vedanta. HEALING.
My idea was for art/narrative tx, retreat, healing chromatic gardens, and sleeping under stars, healing waterworks features. I designed the whole thing but — damn. That sketchbook went the way of all things along with my fabbest pen during that little sojourn. No probs can redo easily.
great day today — swam, jacuzzi, ate finally — end o’pier — the fab……
novel is slow, but, not worried. At all. Crafting themes, doing far more structural design this year & letting the themes percolate up.