In less than four weeks, I embark on an odd and interesting trip. Four of us are delivering a small SUV to Anchorage, Alaska. Because it will contain most of my daughter’s worldly goods, I intend to keep my luggage down to a carry-on bag, my laptop, my camera, and, of course, a small watercolor kit.
Here is my itinerary:
- I fly to Chicago to meet the rest of my party;
- Chicago to Jamestown, North Dakota;
- Jamestown to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan;
- Saskatoon to Grande Prairie, Alberta;
- Grande Prairie to Toad River, British Columbia;
- Toad River to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory;
- Whitehorse to Tok, Alaska;
- Tok to Anchorage, Alaska.
In the meantime I have a few plein air events and a workshop to teach. The first event is Castine Plein Air, which starts on Thursday and culminates in a sale on Saturday at 5 PM. If you’re within a thousand miles of Castine, I urge you to attend. There are some fantastic painters in this show. I love Castine, with its white clapboard New England houses, the Maine Maritime Academy, and its long views back into Brooksville. I love the great artists who are juried in, and I especially love my host family. It is among my favorite events of the year.
Today I took Daisy dePuthod for a spin around Castine to show her my favorite painting sites. Daisy and I know each other from the early days of the Rye (NY) Painters on Location. An orientation tour is a courtesy that my hosts extended to me when I started doing the Castine event. It felt right to pass it on.
Later, we poked around Brooksville so I could find the world-famous Bagaduce Lunch, which several of my friends had told me was terrifically paintable (they were right). We stopped at a small cove where I did some 5-minute watercolor studies in advance of my Yukon adventure. Could I paint with just a pocket watercolor kit, a single brush, a gel pen, and a spray bottle?
Nope. I’m going to have to buy a water-resistant pen and pack at least one wash brush and a folding water bucket for the trip.
In four weeks I’m going shunpiking around Canada. How can I not love my life?
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