Last week I was on a roadtrip south of San Francisco with a friend, when at some point we got lost and decided to ask someone for directions. Little did we know we were about to enter the magical world of Mattie Leeds. The sign just said something like pottery, but this place is far more than that. It goes beyond anyone's wildest dreams. This place talks of passion, color, life, imagination, travel and a sensual sexuality.
Mattie created this fantasy world in collaboration with other people over a period of many years. It was a delight to meet such an inspired and talented artist as well as gifted craftsman.
Oh, and by the way ... Mattie looks about thirty years younger than his actual age and shared his secret with us: it's the clay! Just so you know ... :-)
Also part of our company was another new friend:
Yes, I know it sounds strange for those of you who have been following my blog for the last couple of years, but I have actually befriended a dog! :-)
As a true cat-person, this is a completely new development.
What happened was that my new friend took me to her house and instructed me on how to handle the dog in the best way. It was quite a long story and already from a distance the barking was audible ... So I have to admit that I did not quite look forward to meeting the dog ... it sounded more like "Beware of the Dog!" ...
So the door went open and the barking was louder and you guess it already: I instantly forgot all the instructions as the dog started to jump up on me! I really do not like it when dogs do that, so I told her off in good Dutch ... and to my amazement she instantly stopped jumping and barking. But even more than that: she turned to show her belly, all feet up in the air ... So tell me ... is it possible to not fall in love at that moment ... ? I was so surprised!
I still blame the horses for the change.
I keep seeing them everywhere.
Even in the city of San Francisco they seem to be all over. Saturday I came across two horses with policewomen in the Marina. They walked right up to me and asked if I would like to say hi to the horses! Then I continued to Fort Mason and guess who were waiting for me as I walked out: the same two horses! They put their foreheads against my forehead, it felt like a warm embrace ...
The horses seem to affect my art inspirations in the sense of creating combinations of different animals:
These images take a lot of time to create and as I am currenly on a laptop, it goes even slower ... please be patient ... new artwork will come, but not as regularly as before ...