Just yesterday I wrote that I was looking forward to heading to NYC this weekend, where the breathing wouldn’t be as bad as it is here in the Genesee Valley. Hah!
It turns out that New York is under a Tropical Storm Watch. Joaquin is approaching hurricane strength and may or may not aim for northern New Jersey and the greater New York area. It is (relatively) rare for cyclones to make landfall in New York. When they do, they cause a lot of damage, because there’s just so much stuff to knock down. Hurricane Sandy, the second most costly hurricane in American history, hit the city just three years ago this month.
Rye’s Painters on Location is one of my favorite events of the year. I’ve painted in it in all kinds of weather, from drenching rain to blazing sun, but never in anything approaching a tropical storm. It’s hard to imagine placid Rye harbor kicking up its heels, but perhaps we’ll see that for the first time.
Brad Marshall and I had been planning on boating out to Hen Island. Heavy rain wreaks havoc on all kinds of paints. If there’s enough blowing mist in the air, oil paints emulsify and become sludge. Even if we can find a view in all that rain, our umbrellas will be useless in high wind.
By now, the organizers have ordered food and wine, hired the auctioneer, assembled a regiment of volunteers and paid to publicize the event. All I have to worry about is a non-refundable round-trip ticket.
Tropical storms are notoriously fickle. Like the organizers, I will carry on as usual, but with one eye on the sky. However, I will change my packing strategy. I am traveling with a light wind-breaker and a pair of sandals. This evening I had better run out and see if I can find a good rainsuit and Wellies.
The current plan is that I leave tomorrow morning. Wish me well!