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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.


On why my chiropractor is better than yours


Well I'm pleased to report that my whole happy little family is alive and recovering from the "oh that's what you're talking about when you talk about global warming" heat wave we've had in Seattle this week. Seriously though. It was so hot the kitty boys turned into flat puddles of fur on the hardwood floors and I stopped caring if the neighbors saw my midriff while I wandered through my house in a daze clutching my ice water and frozen grapes.

I know I'm being completely melodramatic and that those who live in other climates (Hi J and M) deal with 100 plus temperatures all Summer long (as did I back in California) but here's the deal: Up in the Pacific Northwest only 13 percent of the population has air conditioning - and we're talking residences, businesses, restaurants, you name it - and when it hits 104 degrees F, well, you can forget about it.

All that to say, it was simply out of the question to work in my non-air conditioned studio-with-the-whole-ceiling-as-a-skylight. So the question was, where to paint for the week?

If you answered "in the extra, unused massage room at your chiropractor's office," you answered correctly! My fantastic chiropractor (I'm totally one of those people who loves their chiropractor and goes around saying "My chiro told me...") offered up the space in his air conditioned building and the rest is history.

I can not even express to you how much I appreciated the space this last week and that got me thinking. I feel it is incredibly important to put thanks out there when it is due, to let people know when their actions have kept your stamina strong, that their belief has buoyed you up through the sea of your own self-doubt, that their own art (in WHATEVER media it is) has inspired your art to new heights. So...


I appreciate you more than I will ever be able to express fully with words. Thank you for believing in my voice and my hands, for opening doors to opportunities previously hidden, for offering your resources to my cause. Thank you for creating the music that I work to, for writing the words that act at fuel, for asking the questions that make me think and for listening to the answers that discover.

Thank you.

I really couldn't do this without you

I believe in you too.