Bonding on Blue Boats

When leaving Laramie for my 2nd Desolation River trip, I had no clue it would turn out to be one of my favorite trips of all time. It had nothing to do with the actual river. That part of each trip is usually my favorite. This trip was different from the word go. Small talk flew out the truck window within minutes of starting out. We had amazing conversations all the way across the states we traveled. These continued on the raft as we marveled at our surroundings, wondering which came first, the chicken or the rock. We laughed until we cried. I had just lost my father, so other times I just cried. I couldn’t have asked for better friends on this trip if I had tried.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink.

Organization is key on a long trip in the desert. I love it when everything is color coded and has a specific spot on each raft. Atmosphere Mountainworks always plays a big part in my trips. They have the best bags and have fixed my tent zipper more than once. I also have one of their bags that I have dedicated to just art supplies for my rafting trips.

Rivers and Tides – Ode to Andy Goldworthy

Andy Goldworthy has long been my favorite landscape artist. I have watched his award-winning documentary, “Rivers and Tides” numerous times. I love that it is a quiet film…letting his powerful artwork speak for itself. I had recently watched this again right before my last trip down the Grand Canyon, inspiring my own ephemeral artwork in a side canyon. I’ve often wondered if anyone else saw this, added to it or took their own pictures.

Won’t you be my neighbor? Oh wait, you are!

This is Jenn.

Jenn is Rad.

She is patient, kind and encourages everyone she meets to be a better version of themselves.

Jenn smiles and laughs more than anyone I know.

On this day, we took her boat and put it in as many different bodies of water as possible.

Dressed as barmaids.

In July.

Just because.

I am so lucky to have a great friend who lives next door.

Ever After

Ever After, an in-progress image.

This is how I work. I gather everything from around my studio that I think might “go” with the piece I’m working on.

Arrange and rearrange. Repeat numerous times.

Walk away. Let the changes sink in.

Maybe even move the piece into my house so I can look at it in a different light. In a different mood. Get feedback from friends who stop by.

Everyone has a story to tell, art is my first language.

 

 

Put your feet up

Reasons to your feet up after celebrating all weekend!

A 30-year reunion full of friendship and laughter ~ 150 years of celebrating Laramie ~ 78 years of Jubilee Days ~ Dancin’ in the streets ~ Staying up until the wee hours of the next day with friends you haven’t seen in years

And, because I love any excuse to take a long bath surrounded by tiles I made.

The above photo was taken at night with the ambient light of a candle and this cool light fixture below that I made from an old, glass funnel from my dads’ lab.

Below are the true colors of my bathroom thanks to BHP Imaging.

Time Flies

Time Flies

In tribute to all my friends and classmates during our 30th high school class reunion,

Happy Jubilee! It’s been great to see you all and reconnect.

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© 2009 Jodie Atherton

“Time Flies”

Ceramics, watches, barbed wire

15 x 13 x 9″

photo by BHP Imaging

Collection of Wyoming Technology and Business Center