Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Kolden Report: Something to see! Circle, Montana. December 18, 2014

Hello, kids!

Please let me know if you did not get parts 12 and 13 of the Montana Back Roads trip and I will resend.  Server failure, so I'm told. 

I normally don't advertise, per se but when I find a place that is out of this world, I have to report on it. Here is one such place.  Spend your money locally, kids.  Support your local artists!

I have pieces in an eclectic little shop in Circle and was just there last weekend.  My phenomenal friend and amazing artist, Connie Idland owns the joint.  Prairie Pickin's is open 12-6,  W-F and it is  well worth stopping for!  Turn right on main, down two blocks and on your left.  Just by the theater.    I recommend at least  coffee and candy but you'll never get out the door with only that.  I guarantee it.

When open, you'll see her sign on the street.

Window dressing.

From soup to nuts.  Literally!

Reason enough to go.  Artisan chocolate!

Christmas candy.

Clever signage! ( This is how creative Connie is.  Using a purse as a sign!)

There is MUCH to see.  Floor to ceiling and her inventory is always changing.  Many items are one of a kind creations, by local artists.  

Chokecherry even!  Support your local artist....

Oh and did I mention the candy?  Handcrafted candy?  It's ALL good.

This is so ME.  How did she know I have a thing for shoes?  

Or this one.....truer words, I've not seen.  

But this chair!  I would love to own it.  It is two pieces for easy transport.   So you can fit it in the trunk of your sportscar.....

In her spare time, Connie whips out bows, so you don't have to.  Of course I gravitated to the reds but she has all kinds and colors.

In case you don't know what to get that certain someone.  And of course she makes the gift certs herself.

The whole store is decked out.  

Oh and did I mention the cheesecake?

Even Connie's packaging is a work of art!

And if you play your cards right, you can get a massage after you shop!  Call for appointments. 

Wanna buy a tree?  One stop shopping.   All in Circle, Montana.  And when you go, tell them Kitty sent you!

Thanks for a fun afternoon, Connie!  Can't wait to come and play again......

"Living creatively is really important to maintain throughout your life.  And living creatively doesn't mean only artistic creativity, although that's part of it.  It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people. "  - Matt Groening


Monday, December 16, 2013

The Kolden Report: Montana Back Roads, Part Thirteen, December 16, 2013

Hello, kids!

Back in the mountains...

Lake with a view.

Four bobbers.


And again. 

Classic steel.

The birds.

Flock flight.

Reflecting pond, courtesy of beaver.

Trail through the birches.

Fire is our friend, said the caveman with his raw meat and cold backside. 

I only get a campfire once every other year or so. 

Flames dancing, licking at the branches...hungry. 

And I still love watching  flames turn wood into gleaming embers.

And I even love the appearance of a dying fire.

Sunrise sky.

Seeds of things to come.

Do deer get goiter? 

Plentiful plains.

Bigger picture.

Nothing like Montana. 

"A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere."  -  Joyce Meyer

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Kolden Report: Montana Back Roads, Part Twelve, December 15, 2013

Hello, kids!

Welcome new subscribers!  I hope you enjoy the "ride".  Feel free to share as you wish and artists.....feel free to paint, sculpt, draw or whatever if you find inspiration in my these reports. 

A resounding "thank you" goes out to you hearty souls that came out in 30 below weather to take in the bazaar last weekend!   I so enjoyed visiting with you and am already rolling around ideas for new pieces for the next show.  Congratulations to those of you who won in my annual "Give Back" drawings, as well. 

And now....back to the report.  When I last left you, we were in the Rockies Mountains, West of Augusta, Montana. 

Fall AND winter. 

What COLD looks like.

Survival of the fittest.

The power of photography.  (Makes you cold just looking at it, doesn't it?)

Although it is a FABULOUS place to visit,  I would not want to live in the mountains of Montana in wintertime:  LONG SHADOWS.

Striking shades.

Better sleep with one eye open!

Regulation food storage.  Up a tree, away from camp.

Who doesn't love the sound of a babbling brook?

Alien world?

The "bigger" picture.  LOVE this teeny, tiny tree. 

Nine mile Falls.


If any of you have any such door knobs, complete with the strike plate, please save them for me. 

The slope of things to come.

Long lake.

In case you want to fly in.

Forest forager.

You don't have to tell ME twice. 


Why DID the deer cross the road?

I'm with Ron.  May he rest in peace, among the horses.

Reflecting pond.  (But where are the moose?)

Fall fishin'.

Mother Nature's bonsai.

Stay tuned, much more to come!


"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light". - Aristotle Onasis