Almost Showtime

I’ve been frantically packing for my first of possibly 3 shows. Park City, Utah, Aug 6-8. You will be able to find me in booth C108. This year there is a new, more open layout. They are giving more room and have fewer artists due to COVID. I’m looking forward to getting out there again and talk to all my customers. Come say HI on Main Street, Park City!

Getting closer…

32×32 inches pear, oil on canvas

This larger painting got interrupted by the hot hot weather, but I’m back at it. I’m done with the background. This is after the first pass at the pear. I hope to have it done by the end of the week. I also have another 32×32 inch canvas ready to stretch.

Looking forward to shows and new work

It has been almost two years since I’ve shown my artwork at a show. I’ve done some work here and there, but I have found it really hard to get in the groove. Well… I think I finally am. Of course it’s only about 5 weeks until my Park City show.

I think what lit a fire under my butt was all the scheduling. Arranging to rent a van (OMG sticker shock!!!), reserving campsites and hotel rooms and paying for booth fees. It takes a lot of planning and organizing and up front capitol outlay. All of that, I think, made it all more real and made me realize I need more new work. Here is my current creation, in progress…

32×32 inches, Pear, oil on canvas, day 1.5

Summer days

I’m back west. Last week I showed in Park City Utah. After showing there for four years, it’s become one of the staples of my season. It’s like visiting an old friend. I normally camp for this show, but this year the campground was full so I rented a room. I also did the show solo for the first time. It was a different experience than in past years but still a good one. Here are some of my memories from my travels… Next up, Art in the High Desert in Bend, Oregon, Aug 23rd to 25th.

Park City Kimball show after early rain and hail on Saturday. Another storm came through with nearby lightning, heavy rain and colder temps. That pretty much closed the show early.

On the way home I splurged and had a steak. When in cattle country, eat beef :). This sign was in the restaurant.

The sunset Monday evening, from my motel on the way home.

Taking a break at Memloose State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. Almost home!

Return day 5, Washington, Oregon

Columbia River Gorge from viewpoint off I-84 W

Short day today. Arrived home around 1:30pm. If not for a couple of miscues, late starts, I would have been home yesterday. But, as opposed to my trip out to Michigan, I wasn’t in a rush, so it worked out fine. This was the first time I’ve driven through the Gorge this time of year when it wasn’t pushing 100 deg (or over). It feels good to be home. Now sleep for a day, unpack and get ready for my next show.

The great return, day 4, Montana, Idaho and Washington

Montana! Easy start to the day on hwy 2 west then I worked my way south, through Great Falls to Missoula and ended the day 60 miles south of Spokane. The road between Great falls and Missoula (mt 200) was amazing! I would love to ride a motorcycle on it someday. Now I’m beat. It was the kind of driving where you have to pay attention. Talking about paying attention, I’ve had a fox, a prairie chicken and a deer run in front of me on this trip. Fortunately they all timed it well :). One more day…

Return day 3, North Dakota and Montana Change of plans.

Late start and a change of plans… I had stopped for the night just short of Fargo, in Hawley, MN. I had planned on meeting up with I-94, but I looked at the map. Hmmm it’s only 50 miles and 1.5 hrs more if I take hwy 2. I’ve never driven 2 around there. Decision made. It was kind of stupid since I had been on hwy 2 the day before and had worked my way south (ugh). But what the heck. It was a great decision! Great 4 lane road through ND with almost NO traffic and 70 mph speed limit although it does go down to 2 lanes in Montana (but still 70 mph). No cities to deal with traffic. No trucks trying to pass each other at 70 mph and I could actually see the countryside! Ok, you have to watch for vehicles entering the hwy and you have to slow down every 50 miles or so for the two blink towns, but it’s so worth it! The only PITA was the significant road construction in a couple places in MT.

Day 2 return, Upper Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota

Clouds and rain started the day. Driving through the UP and Wisconsin was amazing when it wasn’t raining but it was so gray that none of my pictures did it justice. It started to clear in Minnesota but I was trying to make time. I made about 620 miles which wasn’t too bad given the weather and slower roads.