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!