Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Best Little Bluesfest in the West

Nancy, Ronna, Richard, and I went to the Bronze, Blues, and Brews festival in Joseph, Oregon. My friend Gary books the music and it never disappoints. A beautiful day under the sun in eastern Oregon with a great line up. Here Bluesmen Jackie Payne, Sherman Robertson, and Steve Edmonson light up the crowd.

The brews were great too!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Painting that is Central Oregon

I took this picture between Mitchell and John Day. A great afternoon on a road trip with good friends.

I like very much the stark contrasts of landscapes such as central Oregon, the Great Plains, and west Texas.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Relax and Enjoy! ATCs

Nancy and I went to Hawai'i last February. I was struck by how many warning signs dot the landscape of a tropical paradise so I decided to make a set of ATCs juxtaposing the two messages Hawai'i conveys: Relax and Enjoy! and It's a Dangerous World Out There and We Are NOT Responsible for You!

Feather ATCs

I've been meaning to make several sets of ATCs so took time today while on vacation to make one--Feathers on the Beach--from pictures I took at Newport, Oregon about a year ago when son Zack was visiting. I wrote a little haiku for each one--a primitive effort at poetry! I'll send them back with Ronna to trade with the Dunvegan, Ontario group.

Here's one card up close.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Travels With Ronna and Richard

Our great friends Ronna and Richard are visiting from Canada--I'll be more specific since it's a darn big country for chrissakes--from eastern Ontario, just about as darned close to Quebec as you can get.

We've been traveling around the last few days, seeing the sights of Oregon and California and laughing, laughing, laughing. Particularly as Richard regales us with stories of the Ottawa Valley and the lads up the line, and Ronna tells family stories that have to be lies they are so funny. On I-5 ( the eee-cinq) today I damned near drove off the road I was laughing so hard.

Anyway, we went to the Oregon Caves and then down to the redwoods, and headed back north to have dinner with Ronna's cousin, Downtown Deb. It's a long story. We saw really big things like the Caveman in Grants Pass, the Sasquatch in Happy Camp, and Paul and Babe in the redwoods.