Orlando to Seattle
I was up at 3:00 am on September 3rd, heading out to catch a 6:15 flight to Seattle via Salt Lake City. “Who books these super early morning flights?” I wondered to myself when the alarm went off only 3 hours after I went to bed. “That would be you.” my head answered.
That would be me. Getting up and out early always seems perfectly doable when you are at the computer in the middle of the afternoon.
I’m on my way to teach my workshop in Bainbridge Island, but there’s someone I need to visit on the way. My friend Caitlin is someone who lived around the corner from me when I spent a semester in London with Syracuse University in 1988. She lived around the corner from me and my four flatmates, with David and Wendy.
I haven’t seen Caitlin since 1988. Today I flew into Seattle and took a shuttle to her art studio in the Ballard neighborhood at The Venue, a really hip place that features arts and gifts from local Washington artists. I was a little afraid we wouldn’t recognize each other, so on the way I told Caitlin that I had pink hair, orange leggings, blue shoes, a floral short skirt, and a hat.
Caitlin said, “I thought I’d be looking for blue hair.”
Caitlin Dundon is a fine artist, another Syracuse University graduate, who makes her full time living creating things. She specializes in collage, calligraphy and illustration. She also teaches classes and workshops.
We had a nice lunch, chatting about life as full time fine artists, keeping studio hours, teaching, painting, licensing, what brought her from SU to Washington, and our very special and significant experience in London. It was great catching up and spending time with someone who shares my passion and some of my history. What a great afternoon.
Thank you Caitlin for showing me around Ballard and for making the time for me! I’ll be back. Next time we will also include Annie, an SU drama student who also hung with us in London. Annie lives and works in Seattle but was out of town this weekend. She’s carried my peacock phone case on the last two generations of her iPhone (thank you). I’ve not seen Annie since 1988 either, but she did see my art work in Key West at the Stone Soup Gallery on her recent honeymoon.
The world is a small place.
My ultimate destination this weekend is the Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride from Seattle. I am teaching at the Center for Martha Jordan who has been a joy to work with. I texted Martha from the ferry and told her I had indeed made the 5:30 boat (this just after Bank of America told me my credit card was null and void due to fraudulent activity, never a dull moment). “My husband is on that ferry! I will have him find you and he can walk with you up to the Art Center when you get to the Island.”
Perfect… “I have pink hair, orange leggings, blue shoes, a floral short skirt, and a hat.”
“OK, I think he can find you.”
Chip helped me carry my overweight suitcase (bet he was wondering what he signed up for with THAT) off the ferry and up the hill. We chatted about how he and Martha lived on a boat in the harbor and how populated the Island had become over the last 20 years.
They live on a boat. That’s crazy.
Out and About
Bainbridge Island offers and amazing cool climate that is lush and rich for flowers, veggies, and perfect for a morning run. So, off I went to explore this island with my running shoes in the golden morning light. What better way to get a lay of the land and a workout?
I headed into town, all the way back down to where the ferry docked and then into some back street neighborhoods. This island is just lovely.
My class went amazingly well, we had a wonderful group of 12 very artistic women. Martha from the Art Center was pleased enough with the weekend that she invited me to bring my paper tidbits back next year, I’m already on the calendar.
It’s always easier to leave a wonderful travel destination when you know you’ll be back. Next year we have promised to put shopping in Seattle on the schedule, Flluevog, Desigual, Doc Marten… Looks like I may be back in the winter, so the shopping will be justified by my need for warmer clothing and footwear.
Martha and Chip have also promised to take me for a sail. In their house!
for being a part of
My Art Journey,
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