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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Routine Sketch with Travel Saga

Yesterday we went for our  blood draw for our checkups to follow soon.  I sketched in the waiting room on my iPhone with Brushes and my fingers for Scavenger Hunt 539.

Number 1, free choice - clock on the wall as you enter the actual lab

It is always good to get back into a routine.  It takes a while and the older "we" (Gene and I) get, the harder it is.    We have to think more now as we age.  Before when we traveled, everything was automatic.   The packing for a trip became a routine.  We had a place in the car for suitcases, cooler, trike, art stuff, etc.  Each suitcase was filled with the same items every trip except for clothes, winter or summer??  Angel Fire in the summer requires winter and summer clothes.  You get the idea, though.  We just filled in the blanks.  Now it is more complicated as we have to think to remember what to take and where to put it.  Now it is "where is that thing?"  It is not in the regular spot so is it someplace else or did we forget it completely.  Sigh ... growing old is not for sissies they say.

We had an unusual thing happen in Arkansas.  We stopped at a rest stop.  There was a man taking photos with what looked like a large phone or iPad.  Gene asked if he was taking our photo and posed for him.  The man ignored us even though he appeared to be looking right at us.  I exited the facilities first and the guy was looking at a big map on the wall.  I went out and walked around the area.  Gene came out and asked the guy again about the photo and he sort of chuckled and walked hurridly away.  Thinking back he seemed nervous, but back to the story.

We got in our car (Expedition, large SUV) and went on down the road.  About 50 miles farther we received a phone call from an Arkansas number.  We may not have answered but a friend of ours has a granddaughter in Little Rock in college and we had asked if we could take her to lunch on our way through.  So we answered thinking it was her.

"Is this Mr. Castillo?", she pronounced it Costello. 
"This is the Arkansas Department of Transportation and we have your backpack with a computer and passports in it."
"What?  It's in the car with us."
"No, we have it here.  It was found at a rest area on top of a trash can."

Whoa!  We looked in the back and the backpack and a computer box were missing.  We turned around and went back to their office and sure enough they had the backpack.  The two female workers told us that the two men working at the rest area found the bag on the trash can.  (While trying to contact us, they had also left a couple of messages on our kids phones, finding the numbers in the computer.  Jennie called us and asked if we had left our stuff at the hotel after receiving the message.)

"Did they find the computer box?  It was filled with paint and acrylic supplies?"

They hadn't found the box and it was only a few miles farther to go to the rest area, so we thought we would go look.  The paints were probably $150 worth or so.

When we drove up the two workers met us.  The workers in the office told them about the box when we left.  They had already emptied the trash to the dumpster and went and found my box of paint.

Can you believe it?  We did not lose anything and the workers even went back into the trash to find my paints.

It seems that the crooks had some sort of electronic device to capture our code when the car locked with the button on the keyring.  They opened only the back glass on the door and took the two items.  Something spooked them and they dropped the items and took off.  Funny when you think about it, they thought the paint was a new computer!

We wouldn't have known anything was missing until we got to Nashville to unpack at the hotel, several hours later.  Imagine trying to get our passports redone.  Someone watches over old folks and fools, right? 

We took turns at the rest areas after that.  Completely bizarre.....

Monday, April 23, 2018

Home, Jiggity Jig Sketches

We arrived home yesterday about 4:30 p.m.  It was a good trip.  We loved seeing the great grands, grands, son and daughter in law and niece.  We had excellent company and conversations and food.  Can't beat that.

I'm guilty of not sketching more and taking more photos.  Most photos are of the kiddos.

Today was so delightful, not hot, not cold, not windy!  Should be more of these. 

I sketched out in the yard in the big book sitting on my stool.  I used a Prismacolor 08 and some Pentel Pen Markers.  I was going to use colored pencil as the paper won't take watercolor, then saw the markers.  They appear to have lots of colors, but when you use them, there isn't much difference.  The pink for the primrose looks orange.    There are quite a few flowers now in the yard, even the little Wine Cups.  In a wide angle photo, it mostly looks like grass.

 For Scavenger Hunt 539

Number 1,2,3 - flowers, leaves, trees

The sketches are on white paper, looks blue.  I'm not sure what happened.  

Our roadrunner visited this afternoon.  He wasn't figity but he wasn't very visable in the deep grass.  It was amusing when he stopped and scratched his head when he got to the pavement and rocky ground.

I'm visiting Joan Bohl's plein air class tomorrow at the Lost Pines Art Center.  The Center is having more classes.  That is great!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fast Hunting

I washed clothes today so worked on my sketch on my break.

For Scavenger Hunt 538,  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1446208

Number 5, black
Number 6, white

Travel day tomorrow, see how it goes.  More down the road.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hunting Away

When traveling this time  I’m not into sketching that much.  Maybe it is distractions like the kids, grandkids and great grandkids.  Or, I could just be lazy.

I didn’t sketch in the car on the way or in the hotels for the most part.  Unusual.

I sketched on my iPad with Brushes for a couple and in the travel sketchbook with Sharpies.  I forgot my art pens.  I also sketched on the iPad with Brushes.

 Number 1, family, pets OK

 Number 4, red - crib blanket with deer attached

Number 2, yellow - bag of chips
Number 3, orange - cantaloupe in bowl

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Catching Up with Bastrop Sketchers

I hadn't realized it had been a week since I posted.  Wow...  I went out yesterday on the first Wednesday to meet up with the Bastrop Sketchers.  Well, it was just Pomona and I but we made the most of it.  I think we stayed from 10:00 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m.

We had coffee at the Tough Cookie Bakery with snacks.  I sketched outside waiting to see if anyone else would be joining us.  Then back inside for more coffee and sketching and visiting.  We left after the lunch hour and went to Neighbor's Kitchen for a glass of wine and more sketching.  It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed our time together.

Sharing info and sketching is good for the heart!

My sketches fit into the Scavenger Hunt as well.  Always a plus for me. Two birds with one stone, etc.

 Number 5, storefront or house - this is 601 Cyclery, a new bike shop in the old building.  Gene's Terratrike is there on consignment if anyone is interested.  Matt, owner, makes, repairs and sells bikes and trikes.  There was a small trike with a basket outfront and I saw him use it to take his trash to the dumpster.

Number 6, basket - a couple in the Bakery.  They have prints, art, and all sorts of goodies for sale.  They support the artists and welcome us to sketch.  I had some avocado and pistachio on a pretzel bread toast.  Oh, my, so good.

I started another sketch with watercolor and didn't get to the ink part.  I usually put ink first so was trying something different.  Will I finish it?  Who knows.

I won't bore you with all the baseball from last weekend.  It was down and up in Manhattan, Kansas, against the Kansas State Wildcats.  Texas won 1 of the three.  Then on Monday night McNeese came to Austin and the Horns won, 5-4 and on Tuesday the Horns traveled to Corpus Christi and won against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.  There was a lot of crazy plays including an umpire getting hit by the ball and a grand slam home run by Kody Clemens.  You can read about the games on the Texas Scoreboard and Schedule page.  http://texassports.com/schedule.aspx?path=baseball

Remember the old Hee Haw TV show?  They had a news part and the announcer would say something about "here are the scores from the weekend baseball:  7-5, 3-0, 5-6"  So there you are then.

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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 NiƱos. (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." -- Winston Churchill


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