This being 2017, a lot has gone past which may never get recorded, but a lot of cool things have happened, such as moving to Belize, building and moving into my earthbag house, painting murals of ancient Mayan art and a life-size jaguar on its walls, and dipping deeply into the lives of my Belizean neighbors here in western Belize, a few miles from the Guatemalan border and ten miles on a rocky, rocky road south of Benque Viejo del Carmen in an intentional neighborhood called Better In Belize.
|my house in Oregon, now sold to other artists|
I also did a lot of sketch/journaling not only the amazing natural habitat around my house in a douglas fir/madrone/ponderosa pine forest, but for several years I also traveled to a different tropical place to experience the wonders of nature there, too. Then I scanned in my sketches and notes to create downloadable how-to sketchbooks for people wanting to create their own.
|Casa de la Tierra -- my house|
Actually, you can find out about a lot of that stuff by reading the older posts. Enjoy! I myself can really get lost in them -- they're so old, it's almost like reading about someone else.
|That's me, sitting on my veranda|
|Mayan ball player|
I have been trying to make myself a part of the Belizean community by learning Spanish well enough to talk to neighbors who don't have English, then by becoming a go-to resource by creating a Wi-fi hot spot for neighborhood folks who have cellphones but no signal, and for kids needing a place to study with access to the internet and also occasional printouts of items from the web. It's been a real change for me, this hermit who used to live in the woods and see another human maybe once a week.....and I'm loving it.
|Jaguar painting on my house wall|
But I am not surrounded by a...well, a support group of people who enjoy investigating nature through art and writing, desire to be artists, or even have any particular interest in what I am doing.
|Giant Red-winged Grasshopper|
Why should you come back to visit this blog?
|Micasa, my Belizean-style hideaway in the woods|
- a step-by-step tutorial on how I painted the murals on my house walls
- an overview of details of building and furnishing an earthbag house
- to share my sketch/journaling
- to show how my Belizean hideaway in the jungle was built
- to share the joy as I bring solar lights to my neighbors' houses and
- to answer any questions you might have about the flying leap I took to transport myself from 20 wooded acres and a lovely little house in Oregon, USA to .9 acres and an off-the-grid earthbag house in an ecovillage in Belize.