Getting There from Here
It’s a long day of travel from Orlando, FL to Bainbridge Island, WA (via Denver, Seattle, and Puget Sound Ferry). It’s a good thing that this was not one of those times that I booked myself an unGODly early flight, but I was still running around like a chicken…
In the morning I did some computer work, cleaned the kitchen, bagged the trash, threw the dogs in the car and drove to Susan’s house (she keeps the furry kids for me when I’m away), and stopped at FedEx to ship recently purchased artwork (thank you!), all on my way to the Orlando International Airport.
After I checked my 50lb. bag at the Frontier counter, I headed to security. Oh boy! This is one of those times when I was sure glad I had purchased CLEAR and was zipping past that line. Once I made my way to Terminal A, I received a text from Frontier stating that my flight had been delayed an hour. I had a decent sized layover in Denver so I wasn’t going to sweat it. The up-side is that this allowed me time for a Flat White and a Classic Oatmeal with all the fixings.
Starbucks happy place.
à-La Carte Air
Frontier is one of those discount airlines that charges you for everything, and I mean everything. Carry-on bags and drinks included. I met a guy in the boarding line who was still shocked that he had been charged for his carry-on at the ticket counter. “I have bad news for you, they are going to charge you for your drink too.” I said to him with a smirk “Even SODA? No way.” he said with amazement. “Even soda.”
One must consider all these fees when the initial Expedia search brings up such a cheap price with Frontier. I have only flown with them once before, but it was all coming back to me now….
A Tight Squeeze
The seat back tray table on these extra thin, non reclining seats is the size of a medicine shelf. It’s a good thing I decided to forego the Travel Bag because I’d have had a hard time collaging with that setup. What I did bring was my Sakura watercolor field box, which I love for it’s immediacy and flexibility in small spaces. And I mean small. My arm was 3x wider than the arm rest. I felt like I was in the film Being John Malkovich (which if you have not seen, is totally crazy good and strange and everyone is squeezed through a small door hidden behind a filing cabinet.
On the flight from Orlando to Denver I mostly listened to Jazz on my headphones and slept. Yes, that’s right. For those of you who think that I never relax, once in a while I do. I had a meal during my now reduced sized layover and was re-energized and ready to make art on the Denver to Seattle leg. I have a project that I’d been procrastinating for too long.
I am a total procrastinator, just ask my bookkeeper.
Wish You Were Here — From Italy With Love,
the Procrastination Project
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for info on a Postcard from Italy project which will include an original watercolor sketch from Italy on 6×6 Fabriano paper, a hand written note from me about the day, a few sheets of Italian ephemera, and a few sheets of hand-painted collage paper created in Italy. I’m working out the details. It’s going to cost about $10 just to post the envelope, but I want to send them from Italy directly.
Italy offers some stunning scenery, so your original 6×6 watercolor postcard might be olive branches, sunflowers, poppies, potted geraniums, it’s going to be a grab bag of art, hand painted paper, and Italian printed material.
I was practicing for my Postcards from Italy project and preparing a postcard for my son at the same time. I find that the more quick watercolors I do, the looser of a style I am able to get into. I like the looseness and immediacy of watercolor, it dries quickly and you can do a few of them in one sitting.
A flight attendant collecting cups stopped by my isle seat and said “Now that’s some real talent, right there.” smiling at me as I was working on my lap. I wasn’t sure if he meant the juggling act, or the artwork.
The Return of the Barf Bag
Only after I had already cleaned up, did I realize that one thing Frontier does offer is airsickness bags in their seat back pockets. The last time I flew Delta, they were nowhere to be found and I discovered several online chats dedicated to the fact that these bags are becoming a thing of the past. But low and behold, Frontier comes through for the queasy guy! And the occasional artist who is looking for a waterproof trash receptacle.
Seattle to the Island
A car service picked me up outside baggage claim and took me to the ferry. Adem texted me and said he’d be waiting in a black GMC Yukon for me. Well now, that’s kind of generic, don’t you think? So I texted him back and said “I have purple hair and a canary yellow suitcase.” To which he responded “OK” I guess there really is no other reply to that statement.
We zipped through Seattle in the Yukon, it made me want to stay and shop for shoes. Alas, I have places to go and people to see. Adem dropped me off at the ferry entrance, ran my card through his Square reader, and I was on my way with my suitcases in tow (thank goodness for wheeling bags). The entry way to the terminal is a big huge up-hill ramp, no escalator, no hand rails. I looked at the guy at the top selling soft pretzels and asked “Don’t you think there is a better solution to dragging 70 lbs of suitcases up that incline?” He laughed and looked down at the floor. People are funny when you just start talking to them randomly.
A Warm Winslow Welcome
I taught for the Winslow Art Center here last year. Martha Jordan, owner and operator of this awesome place, has become a friend. “I can’t wait to see you!” she exclaimed over the phone as we were coordinating rides and ferry times. “Me too!” I exclaimed. Happy, happy.
Have I told you lately how much I love my job? The places I get to see are wonderful but the people I meet and the friendships I make are truly the best part. This trip I am being hosted by Gigi Godfrey and her family. They have opened up their home, their daughter’s little in-law apartment, for me to make my own while I am here for the weekend. Not only did they leave me coffee and muffins, fruit and yogurt, but they provided me with an incredible view. Thank you!
More to Come
Stay tuned for news and notes from the Paper Paintings Workshop this weekend. And stay tuned for more info on how to get in on the Postcard from Italy offer. These will be pre-sold so that I know exactly how many paintings and packets to put together when I am at the villa in Fabro.
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