I’m delighted to tell all my readers that Meditation for Two is going to be published in Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil! I’m so excited and deeply gratified. All the thanks goes to Dominique for without his tremendous success with Dressage for the New Age (published in 5 countries and in its third edition in the US) this would not have happened. I’m working now on finalizing a publisher in France and the US and hope to announce the details quickly. The message here: Dreams do come true. Of course, the book is still available on Blurb.com (and would make a GREAT gift at Christmas for Zen-leaning equestrian enthusiasts).
I’m hard at work completing the book project that the class from the Pacific Northwest Arts School created during their week-long course with Sam Abell. The book title is Portrait of Whidbey Island. I had the great pleasure to assist this class for the fourth year in a row and am already looking ahead to a reunion next August. The level of engagement on behalf of the students was extraordinary and surpassed only by the generosity and quality of Sam’s instruction. His alumni know that the discussions during the week will be thought provoking and erudite. That is why they return each year. New students are treated to original thought and genuine care about their work and progress. Sam is unparalleled as an instructor. It is my great honor to have assisted him on so many occasions. In addition to the week-long course in Coupeville, area residents had the opportunity to hear Sam speak. The Life of A Photograph was the topic, to be followed next year with the second half of the lecture, The Photographic Life. I’m certain that every person present last week will return and bring a friend. It was THAT good. Thank you, Lisa, Karen, and Sue, for all your hard work and dedication. PNAS adds so much to the quality of life on Whidbey Island.
As soon as I finished on Whidbey Island last Friday night I zipped down to Healdsburg, CA, to photograph the clinic at Dominique’s farm. This was the first time a formal clinic was held there and it was incredibly well-attended. The organization, Shanna, Meredith, Beth, and Linda’s help, and of course Debra and Dominique’s instruction made for fun-filled days that were packed with information and philosophy…all with the benefit of the horse as the focus. Riders and auditors alike went away with a renewed dedication to communicate with and learn from their horses. If you are a rider you’ll want to attend the next clinic at their home in January 2011….the 5th thru the 11th. Reserve your spot quickly as space is limited and the August clinic was over-subscribed.
Here are recent images of several of my favorite equestrian subjects. Enjoy!