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Posted on December 12 at 11:56 p.m.
Meant to direct my comment toward Maximum's post...not to Ray Ford who always reports thoroughly and concisely regarding everything that happens in the front country. How fortunate we are to have such an astute messenger.
On Trail Gnomes Charged in Jesusita Fire
Posted on December 12 at 2:39 p.m.
What does it take people?.. a multiple disaster of errors for a wake up call? When does a community wake-up, after it is wiped off the map? EDUCATE, (but who will listen?) CLEAR BRUSH CONSISTENTLY AROUND YOUR DWELLING, FOLLOW LOGICAL RULES don't even THINK about taking sparking tools or motors into the back country - Most of the local infernos in the last 1/2 century including the sad fatality in the Paint event were caused by stupidity. Do we see the big picture, folks? Sure, fires in the back country are natural but these incidents bring a heavy price for growing communities when they start as happened in the past several events. Isn't it beyond paying restitution?... whether it was done as a self-serving act to play later or was caused by a trail gnome mistake. When will adults (the CC students are adults, aren't they?) begin to use common sense in windy, dry conditions when fixing things or playing in up country? We all love living in our beautiful outdoor playground; we hike, ride horses, mountain bike, even build houses and (hopefully) target shoot responsibly. But we are not Chumash Indians, we don't use this area for our sustenance the way they did. You buy your food at the store without burning down houses but you lack awareness and become careless when entering the back country to play, work or clear. We've been in a long drought people. Teach yourselves and your children about our upcountry. Think twice and think again before you spark another blaze and destroy someone's life. The signs are posted but people generally don't read them - While the bad boys are locked in those stockades Ray, maybe the townsfolk who lost their houses will throw stones at the poor judgement they used- but this ain't gonna stop another brush fire. The way we care for our back country is going to take something bigger than a community embarassing a pair of goons.
Posted on May 30 at 11:12 a.m.
Sharyn and Traci Lee's piece this year is by far a beautiful representation of what makes them one of many masters in this chalk form of art with their expert use of painting details using light and shade and the texturizing of shadows. Would have loved to see Traci do another 3-d piece as she's done in the past (remembering her Aztec stone piece of 3 years ago) But this piece was extremely satisfying. Bravo! Pavonia painted by Lord Leighton was created at a time (1858) when he was capturing "femme fatales" in his works. The original piece is of a serene, composed, stunning woman sitting for the artist. The troubled look in the eyes of the Pavonia woman painted in chalk was expressed (imho) through the emotions of the artist who painted it. Maybe the artist was expressing looking over her own shoulder at the recent Jesusita fire racing down the canyon towards her house.
On I Madonnari 2009