• Steve and Melissa Burnett


Updated: Feb 17, 2020

It's the start of a new year, and that means I've gone a little nuts.

You've heard of spring cleaning. For me, it's more like "change of season cleaning," and it happens four times a year. Only it's not exactly cleaning. Oh, no. It's out with the old, in with the new and let's reorganize everything.

Sunday morning, I woke up for some reason at 4:00 a.m. and felt wide awake. So I got up and put the coffee on. An hour later, at his usual wake up time of 5:00, Steve stumbled into the living room to find me surrounded by piles of books.

"What are you doing?"

"I'm rearranging my books."

He blinked. "At 5:00 in the morning?"

Well, why not? But this is the kind of spirit that moves me at the changing of the seasons.

Yesterday I rearranged out kitchen cupboards. I had to, you see. I'd gotten a new casserole dish for Christmas, and the only possible way to find a spot for it was to overhaul my whole storage system. It works better now, much more intuitive. I'm sure Steve will agree in time.

I replaced the cushions on my rocking chair. I switched flavors of iced tea. I tried to move Rufus's litter box, but he balked and refused to use it until I put it back the way it was. So he won that one, but what else can you expect from a cat? Stubborn little tyrant.

All that to say this -- this has been the perfect time of year to be building the new website for Sun Mesa Studios. It's a fresh start for us, and a fresh look for our business. Steve and I are so excited to expand our focus beyond the oilfield and beyond calendars.

So if you followed us over from Crude Oil Calendars, welcome to our new home. Make yourself comfortable. If you're new to us with Sun Mesa, hi! We're glad you're here. Poke around the website and see what we have to offer.

We hope to use this blog page as a place where you can get to know us, not just our products. We want you to know who we are and what we're about, so you can know our art was created by real people, not machines. We feel strongly that knowing the person behind the art creates a greater connection to the work.

So some weeks, Steve might write about the inspiration behind a specific cartoon, or I might write about the trip where I took a specific photograph. Other weeks, it might be about the great antique we just bought or the frustrating water leak we can't quite fix. You never know what you might find, but one thing you can count on -- it'll be us, the artists behind Sun Mesa, being real with you.

So hop aboard. Let's take this journey together and see where it goes.

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