Sunday, July 29, 2012

More Work at Wawona

It's been a while since I posted here ... a whole bunch of stuff going on.  I've been doing a lot of work at Wawona ... of the History Center and the people there.  I haven't really got any finished pieces to show, though.  I have several that are nearing completion, and I should have pictures of them to share soon.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July in Wawona

Meanwhile, back in Wawona ...
 The Wawona History Centre has a longstanding tradition of celebrating America's Independence in style.  It was a busy place yesterday as many volunteers arrived, dressed in period costumes (well, okay, so I didn't exactly dress up ... but it probably looked like I did).  All of the buildings were opened for the public to enter and enjoy the feeling of stepping through a time portal (no Stargate or DeLorian required).

I worked on a couple of paintings ... one of which I started last weekend ... which involves trying to paint the stagecoach as it hurtles its way through the little village.  Quite a challange.  At this rate, it's going to take me a month or more just to paint that part of the picture.

 Belinda, because of the cool job she has, was able to join me and still be at work!  She wore one of their costumes, and looked great in it.

While I was working on one of my paintings, the front porch of the cabin that I work out of was slowly taken over by a bunch of musicians.  It was great fun listening to them play old songs and sing (I even joined in at one point when the guitar player did the Smother's Brothers version of "Loredo").
It's always pleasant up there and, as I know more and more of the characters, I enjoy it a little more each week. 
I have several paintings that I'm working on up there.  As the sun makes its great arc across the sky, I have to keep changing canvases.  Maybe I'll finish some of these things, and show them here soon.

Parker Pass and Beyond

On July 1st Belinda, Brandon Gower, and I headed out on a 3 day backpacking trip.  We started in Yosemite National Park at the Mono Pass trail head ... which is also the trail head for Parker Pass ... and ended at Silver Lake.  It was beautiful, but a little tough in a few places ... mostly made so by the heavy packs and the high elevations.  It was well worth it, though.  I'll put up a bunch of pictures on FB ... and maybe a short account of it here at a later date.