I am a painter working in pastels, with some oils, and acrylics. I sketch in pen and ink. As an artist my original paintings are influenced from living in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Bolivia, Peru and Chile, and travels throughout much of Canada and all our fifty States.
This is my spot for posting paintings and sketches, to muse mostly about art, life and a little about UT Baseball.
Since my posting is sporadic, my thoughts are, too. Maybe you can make some sense of this all. I'm starting on my iPad but I can only post one photo a day to wetcanvas.com for some reason so I will finish on Gene's computer.
I sketched a selfie on my iPad. Besides not drawing people well, I have a hard time hurrying on the iPad. I must have spent an hour on this and Gene looked in and said, "That doesn't look like anyone I've ever seen." So I quit and we went to dinner. :-)
Number 10, Selfie - Brushes and my fingers for Scavenger Hunt 459
So bad, I am pale and red faced, too.
Number 1 was in Alpena, Michigan on the east side which would be Lake Huron above the thumb. (Joan asked where Alpena was) Numbers 2 - 9 were done in Indian River at the top of Michigan. And the others are here in Sault Ste. Marie at the very top of Michigan at the border to Canada. We are on the Canadian side but can see the bridge and the USA from our window on the sixth floor. We can also see Walmart so feel at home!
Number 6 and 7, top view and bottom view - of my sneaker
Number 8, made of fabric - Gene's skull cap he wears under his helmet
Number 9, made of glass - headlight on the Expedition
Number 11, made of wood - the top and seat of a table in the park
Number 12, blue - the sky, the water and the sign
The sketches are probably out of order, but you get the idea.
I have more but have to look for the photos. I took them and they are on my phone, iPad or this computer. Sigh....
When we left Indian River it was about three hours to Munising, Michigan, where the colored bluffs are. We stopped in Manistique and did laundry. Drove leisurely to Munising. There were about 15 lodging places in the information book and a few others. Well, Saturday was a marathon, one of their 2 big events of the year. Not a room to be found at the inn. We headed for Sault Ste. Marie, thinking we would find a place there. It is a smaller town than I remembered. No rooms. We called Choice hotels and got one of the last rooms on the Canada side. Crossed our fingers hoping Friday evening wouldn't be bad at the border. We got right through. We wonder because we have the car crammed full and Gene's trike on the back.
We got the room for one night only, full for weddings on Saturday. Luckily they had a cancellation and we are staying three nights.
Friday night we ate in the hotel. It was upscale with a guitar player/singer so was very nice and we didn't have to drive. Saturday, Gene rode his trike along the waterfront and I sketched and walked. We walked to a waterfront cafe for dinner. Great day. This morning it rained so we haven't been out, maybe we will go east along Lake Huron and find something to do and a place to eat. Who knows what the day will bring?
We ate at a pub on the water, still misty and cool. We will leave tomorrow.
Sad news from Bastrop. Our good friend, Mike Henderson, died. We will miss him. He was a great artist. After the fire, he painted a new painting for us to replace one we had bought from him. It was a nice surprise! Gene visited with him a few days before we left on our trip and he called a few days ago to tell us he was moving to assisted living in Austin to be near his daughters. He made his morning coffee and died peacefully they said.
He had been an Austin firefighter. He was a guitar player/singer. He painted mostly cowboy scenes. He usually went to dinner with us on the night before we left on our trips, the last supper at the Mediterranean Grill. He didn't feel up to it this time. Then he would join us for our first night back. He was married to Janice Senkosky, and we had lots of fun. We brought them pork chops from Paduka, Kentucky, once as Janice had known about Patty's Settlement and their 2 inch chops. Surprised them! Janice died a couple of years ago. We will miss their love and good times. RIP, Mike and Janice.
I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar)
"I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." --