Sunday, May 19, 2013

Transition Time: Farewell Post

I wrote my first blog post on October 19, 2007, not knowing how long I would do it or where it would take me. Well, here is it almost six years later and I'm stilling blogging away. I've written 905 blog posts and shared thousands of photos. I recently revamped my website and now it is time to revamp my blog, so this is my final post on this site. I'll have links on my website and new blog to this old version, so nothing will be lost. I hope you'll hop on over to my new blog and continue to follow me in my art adventures.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Layers of Memory: Latest Class

Last weekend I taught another session of my Layers of Memory class at The Art Department in downtown Salem. This class has proven to be popular and I'm looking forward to offering it again in September. What do we do in this two-part workshop? We paint, plaster, sand, stain, plaster, sand, scritch, paint, scratch, sand, paint, and at the end of the day we wax. Throughout it all, we make a glorious and holy mess.




Saturday, April 13, 2013

Part IV: Road Trip - The Journey Home

Monday morning it was time to begin our return trip. Unfortunately, the weather forecast turned sour and severe storm warnings were issued across our direct path home. Weather forecasts were examined and we made the difficult decision to head south and then turn west, adding an extra day to our three-day drive. We had already planned to add a day for our return trip, but it was so we could slow our pace just a bit. I-80: no. I-70: no. I-40: yes.

Highlights of our journey home: Kansas City, Joplin, more Jubal Phone Taps, Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation, Big Cabin, ROUTE 66, Tulsa, Texas, Amarillo, Dane Cook comedy CDs, New Mexico, Land of Enchantment, Tucumcuari, Albuquerque, Saints and Sinners, fry bread and indian tacos, Gallup, Arizona, Yellowhorse, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Flagstaff, sheep, Roadkill Cafe, Kingman, Mojave Desert, Colorado River, California, Needles, Twenty Mule Team, I-5, David Sedaris: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Oregon, Siskiyou Summit, Medford, finally a health food restaurant, Salem at 4:30 pm Thursday.

Stats: 3,648.9 miles, 11 days, 13 states (Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, California), 22 road kill counted on the return trip, dubbed carcai.

Memorable quotes:

We are nomadic eaters.

I wonder where that giant potato is going?

The Smart Water is not working.

Sometimes my thoughts are like ticker tape.

I can't wait to meet Norma.

You know you've been on the road a long time when you don't know what state you're in.

I'm current on road kill.

Ladies, get your guns, I mean your cameras.

Health food store? The weirdo needs some s--t.

We have 4,000 miles of street cred. Write that down.