The idea of mixing my artwork and writing to showcase livestock guardians, stock dogs and the sheep, was stirred up quite some time ago. Animals and this lifestyle dictate and consume my days though and for the most part this a very good thing. This lifestyle demands a fair bit of time and attention, yet because I live this lifestyle I have this lifestyle's perspective to share. This has been the dilemma for several years and despite encouragement and signs that direct me toward pursuing artwork, I have put that off, waiting for the right time. Then that radio clip I was thinking about on the walk to the bus, happened, and the realization that I’m just waiting for the right time because I’m damn scared to start something new, this artful something in particular, could not be ignored.
Update: I went off to a new blog, hit a snag and came back again, realizing this is worth continuing and it will survive some changes.
I hope you enjoy all the changes but for anyone who wishes this blog would carry on as is, the Crooked Fences Newsletter is the perfect alternative. The newsletter is a spin off from the ranching with sheep website. Each month in the newsletter I recap what took place here on the ranch, share some personal musings and write about life with the dogs. It’s free and when you subscribe it comes to your inbox each month. You can subscribe here.
As for the new blog changes - well, it will be mainly artwork, with some photos and essay. It will be more random, more about being and less about what we’re doing on the ranch. In my artwork I create what I know so the subject matter will lean heavily towards the dogs, dabble in the sheep, and trickle through my thoughts about this way of life.