instead of me trying to describe it, here it is, at the MET, December 2019:

and here she is!

wowza! like a lot of art in the history books, i’ve only seen it IN the history books. (remember my story about The Water Spirit, 1973, Norval Morrisseau, and what happened to me over at the McMichael Collection?!)

when we were at the MET, December 2019, just before the pandemic slammed into us, i spent a couple of “mask free” afternoons boo’n through the collection and had myself a few meltdowns on day one, seeing, like i said, stuff i’d only ever seen in the art history books and BOOM! there’s the actual, right in front of me!

on day 2 i came across this! (meltdown big time… )

i walked around this about 50 times! you see in the art history books they don’t give it much page space.

i mean: just WOW!

and from so long ago. i’d love to see a movie/video of the artist talking about this creation. i guess for that one i’ll need to use my imagination.

and one day, when this pandemic is behind us, we’ll have to go back to the MET, and spend more than just an hour with this one. between now and then i hope to have read the complete story.

of course one of the main reasons we were down there in December 2019 was to see the opening of Kent Monkman’s double 11×22 foot masterpieces hanging in the grand hall. here is one of them.

and so we walk into another winter, glad to see it too! i’m thinking about what a wise Anishnabe Kwe told me back in October: thunder in the fall, no winter at all.

i’m good with winter. so you have to wear snow boots for the next 90 days, no problem. and at night you may need a little extra of that full bodied and firm vin, some good company and maybe a book or two!

mine, the hard copy test re do, came in! i picked it up at the printer on Monday! the new cover looks interesting and, well. i haven’t had a chance to give it a read but if it’s the same thing i saw on my computer screen, it should be typo free. if it is good to go, we’re going to cut that one loose and see what it can do.

here is the first chapter of SUN: May 11, 1996:

season’s greetings! and we’ll see you next year!