Food chains

Ross has done a series of fish paintings, this one is called The Food Chain. I like those cute and colorful sharks – and don’t miss the hook! This next one is my favorite so far and called Mango Dive:

We have gone down to Key West several times, it is only 30-some miles from Big Pine Key. On the waterfront we found the Red Door Gallery. It is full of paintings by many artists, including the owner Rene who comes from Canada. Rene has a very amiable personality and is fun to be around. Now his Key West gallery also has a selection of Ross’ paintings that are starting to sell.

Red Door Gallery
812 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040
For nearly 20 years, owner and artist Rene Blais has offered affordable island and carribean inspired artwork.
Make this one a must see so check it out.

Down here in the Keys, the winds can be pretty strong around this thin stripe of islands surrounded by huge bodies of water – the Atlantic Ocean and the Mexican Gulf. One night I woke up from a big bang that turned out to be a coconut falling from one of the beautiful palm trees down on the roof of our little cottage. When I talked to my sweet mother in Denmark on Skype and told her about the falling coconuts in our yard, she got an little concerned and suggested we should wear bicycle helmets for protection! But so far Ross and I have not been hit by these fruits from above. They have fallen in our yard and turn out to be a favorite spot for the small lizards to sunbathe.


Seizing the moment

Yesterday we went out on our last sail in the Keys. It was perfect! Enough wind to really get moving – and not enough wind for the first mate to get seasick. We made a big loop around some of  the numerous keys in the Spanish Channel and came back when the late afternoon sun made the water sparkle. In the night we had a weather change here with lots of rain and wind. Sailing is all about seizing the moment. Good teachings.

The Keysy way of life

The word “key” comes from the Spanish word cayo, meaning “little island”. The Southernmost point of the American mainland is in Key West. Life here is laid back. There is a feeling like end of the road, journey’s end. You can get lost here in Margaritaville – or you can begin a new journey. Lots of male pirate energy, fishing, Cuban rum & cigarettes. I haven’t seen this many smoking men in one spot for a long time. I have missed some female energy down here. Spending time with our friends Mary and Ken who came down from Santa Fe NM was just great. We hung around the Keys together, went to Sombrero Beach in Marathon Key, had good food. We have been out sailing many times, enjoying the clear turquoise waters, the sun and the breeze in the Mexican Gulf. Otherwise….iguanas, egrets and pelicans visiting our tropical garden. The small key deer are all around, nobody really knows how they came here, but they are guessed to have walked down here in a different era when there was a land bridge. (It was way before the Overseas Highway from Key Largo to Key West, 100 miles long with 42 bridges, completed in 1938.) Lots of good seafood and key lime pie. Friendly people – Ross even claims that the people in the lower Keys are friendlier than the Santa Fe community. The palm trees are like a living roof giving shelter from the sun, the nights tender, the dusk short. My friend Debby sent me this beautiful quote that I would like to share with you: “The magnificence of your human spirit lies waiting for the joy of discovery, if you are courageous enough to follow the Waterbird throughout the journey. She reminds you that every traveler on life’s journey is a messenger, and that every destination is the beginning of a new life cycle on the Medicine Wheel.” (Jamie Sams)

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Ross’ take-away show in the Florida Keys

Santa Fe artist Ross Lewallen


The Good Food Conspiracy

Come join us

Saturday February 17th 10 am to 4 pm 

Ross, and his daughter Laura, co-own the Lewallen Gallery on the historic Santa Fe Plaza for 30+ years and are an active part of the Santa Fe art scene.

I look forward to meeting you, sharing my mythological, magical art and jewelry.

The Good Food Conspiracy, Big Pine Key,

Mile marker 30.2

Phone #305 872 3945

 Come for some good take-away art, jewelry and food.

Hemingway and Key West

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Ross and I went on a daytrip down to Key West. We saw Ernest Hemingway’s beautiful mansion – his writing studio with a view, pictures of his four wives, his cat family with the extra toes, the cat cemetery, the urinal from Sloppy Joe’s bar that Ernest and his friends dug out one drunken night and placed in his garden, much to his wife’s dismay. We also saw pictures from Oak Park High school in Chicago where Ross went – some years after Papa. We had a great guide who told us about Hemingway’s life in Key West. The story about the ending of his life made a great impression on me. He suffered from being manic-depressive – bipolar we call it today. It ran in his family with several suicides in its wake. Hemingway sought treatment, but the only thing offered at the time was electro shock. The lobotomy destroyed his memory. Without the ability to remember anything he couldn’t write. Hemingway, born 1899, took his own life in 1961. Yes indeed, without our memory we are lost.

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