The Ocean Will Kill You

A reminder. Here is a sketch from about 10 years ago at Ona Beach south of Newport. It shows two members of my family as a wave suddenly washes up around them, chest high, over the heads of the 7 and 4 year old they barely grabbed hold of. 

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They had not been standing in the water, just near it. They were not sucked out to sea, not this time. But it was close, very, very close. 

On a recent visit to the Coast, some visitors from Southern California repeatedly scoffed at our admonition to never turn their backs to the ocean and, especially when climbing on wave-struck rocks, to stay much closer to shore. They were insulted by our insistence.  

They survived. This time.  

In the Army Tent

Friends of Willie and Joe and other WWII living historians recently set up camp at Pearson Air Museum in the Fort Vancouver Historic Site. We made a brief visit and the family let me draw a little. I even had time and space to ask permission (though I did not get names, I'm so sorry, I've really got to work on that detail). 

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As you can see, this spread took two notebook pages, much bigger than my scanner and not quite a satisfactory stitch job either. Anyway, this one glows pretty well when I crack open the notebook itself.

This tent also did a particularly good job presenting women in the armed forces during WWII and the experience of displaced persons. Also there was some nifty bike restoration happening. 

Colorado Studio Trunk Show

Thursday, June 14, 2018, the Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs will host a Trunk Show of work packed in from my Oregon studio. This will be the first large showing of my paintings on the Western Slope since the 2004 exhibit at the Woody Creek Store (that one was fun).

It’ll run from 2pm to 8:30. I promise I’ll set up the little paint box. See you there!

Skyline Tavern

Skyline Tavern invited me up to document their Earth Day party Sunday April 22, 2018. 

 Chef John welcomes... someone.

Chef John welcomes... someone.

 Jody and Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow.

Jody and Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow.

 Bradley gives another hand massage.

Bradley gives another hand massage.

 Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness call up Jim Boyer's ghost.

Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness call up Jim Boyer's ghost.

 Yohhei from Sato Sharpening works while Spike waits.

Yohhei from Sato Sharpening works while Spike waits.

 Doug makes a request, but too late to be of consequence

Doug makes a request, but too late to be of consequence

 Artist Tania Del Rio runs the cards (Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow again). 

Artist Tania Del Rio runs the cards (Yohhei and Spike are in the meadow again). 

 A shoutout from the band to the guy out there by the pickup truck.

A shoutout from the band to the guy out there by the pickup truck.

 A horseshoe goes a little off. Scott Ray Becker is in back in the green tee and cap.

A horseshoe goes a little off. Scott Ray Becker is in back in the green tee and cap.

SkyTav works to support artists and environmental projects through their organization Black Dog Art Ensemble

A Reader

A moment at the Wordstock 2017 author signing table. This is more or less what she said to Jon Mooallem. She was so excited.  I stole Steve Church’s ballpoint to get this down on my hand. Broke the pen. Couldn’t quite read the writing. Don’t think this is quite what Jon looks like. End of day and I was so fried. But she was so exited to be reading again and that is just so great.

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 Baer and Scott

Baer and Scott

I did not realize how active the collaboration between April Baer and Aaron Scott of OPB’s State of Wonder was until I was accidentally dropped down next to them during a taping. I can’t share details with you, I was too busy to peek, but you should know that while one is onstage interviewing, the other is keeping everything flowing, typing furiously at something or other really important, but totally inaudible to what we experience on the radio. 

My drawing position was too dark, the mike angles too close to really see anything. I’ve had to draw and redraw the notes several times. However I remain very grateful to the Literary Arts usher for placing me down in radio HQ.

I’ll post further drawings from Wordstock 2017 as I wrap them up.