Like so many travelers, I am amazed at the topsy turvy temperatures this season. When I made plans to summer in Spearfish, I never expected so many days near or above 100 degrees here. The few times that I checked, it was cooler in Arizona than here. Weird, but not enough to hinder my enjoyment of the local activities on my days off or to diminish my musical fun while “working!”
A Day at the Local County Fair
In addition to checking out the local county fair, Matt, Sherry and I celebrate July Fourth with friends and are sure to dress patriotically! Matt and Sherry also accompany me back to Buffalo, WY to meet Di Marie, Jerry and friends for one more night at the Occidental Bluegrass Jam.
With Di Marie’s encouragement and backup, I play my banjo in front of a pretty rowdy crowd that night. It is great fun. No one seems to mind that I hum most of the words to my songs because my sheet music is in the dark and I cannot see it.
My Inner Artist has Escaped!
On a day off from work, I stroll over to the hatchery where free watercolor lessons are in progress that day. Not an artist by any means, I figure why not try it anyway.
As I peacefully sit in the park blending paint to compose my creation I notice the reaction of passersby. Most adults pace quickly past me as I studiously attempt to brush my vision of the railcar onto paper. They wrinkle their brows inquisitively unable to reconcile my work to the actual landscape. Little children however, compliment me on my excellent drawing. Apparently they appreciate my bold use of primary colors as opposed to the traditional pastels of watercolor artists.
After I finish my painting. I take a picture of the railcar with my phone and use an editor app to render a watercolor from that photo. You can compare the results to the right. Looks like I should stick to using my camera and editing to deliver future works of art!
13 Replies to “Summer Fun in Scorching South Dakota”
Glad you are enjoying life … beautiful picture, btw! Hope to see you again sometime down the road. Safe travels. Lynn
Hi Lynn! Hope you are enjoying your travels too. Always glad to hear from you!
Change is the cosmic law for manifestation.
When children approve of your art…you’ve done well. They know the difference between vision and a pic taken by a camera. Joy. Love the colors in this presentation. Here’s hoping for cooler temps. It made me chuckle.
Love you….Happy in Ocean View
I agree – I hope to always be able to see the world through a child’s eye. Love you right back!
You just know how to have too much fun. What out for those kiddo’s, they can be brutally honest! Haha. Sounds like it’s been a good summer, albeit a hot one. Miss you. We leave Tues for Michigan UP for 2 weeks and then westward ho….
Yes they can! Safe travels heading west.
Ah, the pictures are worth a 1000 words.
And some kindred being know a good hand for rest.
But from the Dakotas to NC is down hill, hope to see you here.
Thank you! I will let you know when I finally roll into NC. Hugs to Agnes for me!
Looks like fun in Spearfish. Little ones are just not appreciative of “fine” music! Hello to everyone!
Hahaha! To each his own, I guess 🙂
I love all the colors in your pictures?. Keep enjoying your travels ??
Thank you – so happy to hear from you!