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Some Art Before I Go June 26, 2009

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Fast & Loose

Fast & Loose

Here’s my latest attempt to try and break out of my very tight and rigid painting style.  It’s on Yupo plastic paper that really encourages loose painting since the water and pigment do not penetrate the medium.  It’s small – about 8 x 10 inches.

That’s it folks!  I am just about out of here.  See you on July 5th or thereabouts.

Vacation! June 25, 2009

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Whoot! Today begins my two week vacation! I’m getting out of Dodge just as it’s starting to really heat up around here. Tomorrow I fly off to Seattle where it will be a high of 71 degrees. Aaaahhhhhhhh! Saturday it’s onto the ship and off to the north to Alaska for beautiful sights and even cooler temps. Looks like we’re even going to get some rain!
Whelp, lots o’stuff to do so I’ll type at y’all later.

It’s past 9:00 pm and I’m almost finished packing! Yes, I am that slow. No, I am not bringing all that much but I keep coming up with little odds & ends. I am taking some art materials too so we’ll see how that works out.

Our flight isn’t until noonish but the Parental Units want me to pick them up at 8:00. It’s very early but Dad likes to have PLENTY of time. He figures an hour for breakfast, an hour to get to the airport, another hour to park, check in & get through security and then a nice hour buffer to wait for boarding. I figure we’ll be waiting two hours at the airport for boarding. It’s ok though, I have a hefty chunk of an amazing book to read.

Oh, and yes – I *always* pack a small towel in my carry bag whenever I travel.

I Got Binoculars! June 11, 2009

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Whoot!! I went ahead and ordered the Nikon Monarch ATB. It’s only been a few days and they’re already here! I gotta say I have excellent taste. They are very nice and I am well pleased.

Summer school has begun and I’m taking watercolor painting again. It’s four nights a week so posting and internettery presence in general will be lighter than usual for a while. Still, check back tomorrow because I will post my new efforts then. I trying to do a complete stylistic makeover and the results are…interesting so far.

Type at y’all later.

So Let Me Pick Your Brains… June 4, 2009

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At the end of this month I’m going on a cruise to Alaska!  Whoot!!  The Big Heat has settled in now and it will be nice to get away from it (and work and home) for a little while.  As the date draws closer I am now thinking about stuff I want to take, what to do and whatnot.  I’ve never been on a cruise before and so most of my notions about what goes on these big ships are mostly formed by memories of old episodes of “Love Boat” and the movie “The Poseidon Adventure”.   If the captain of the ship looks even remotely similar to Leslie Nielsen I think I’m going to have a hard time getting on board.  However, if he looks more like Gavin MacLeod then I’m going to expect to see Charo running around the decks at some time.  Come on – wouldn’t you?

So, yes it’s all very exciting but considering my limited knowledge of large, sea-going vessels and large, cold states I thought it would be a good idea to solicit thoughts, opinions and ideas from my mighty throng of readers here.

Binoculars
I’ve decided that I want to get a decent set of these before we go. Dad has a nice pair but they’re kinda old. I figure that with advances in optics and materials in the last 20+ years I could get something pretty nice for a reasonable price. Anybody have any recent experience shopping for something along these lines? I’m in the $200 price range or thereabouts. Maybe more if the next price point really brings a lot to the table.

Must Brings / Don’t Brings
Aside from the obvious (camera, clothes) anything I really ought to bring with me? On the other hand is/are there something(s) that people often carry on board but never need?

Must See / Skip
We are doing the Inside Passage cruise and we have a few stops on the way up and back. Is there anybody familiar with this trip? Any suggestions for cool places / restaurants / shops to visit would be welcome. Also any suggestions on stuff that isn’t worth the time / money are wanted too.