On The Road Again
After a wonderful week teaching and visiting friends in San Jose, I headed up to Northern California from the Bay Area to teach a second California Paper Paintings Collage Workshop in Sacramento at the Fine Arts Center.
We had a great group in Sacramento, all locals! Since everyone drove to class, they all brought tons of art stuff and really enjoyed spreading out and taking full advantage of this beautiful light-filled workshop classroom that is housed in an old elementary school.
All Work and No Play…
I decided not to be a dull boy, because I figured I might regret it… So My Someone Special and I made plans to meet up with Judy Coates Perez, (a super talented textile artist that I had the pleasure of teaching with in Napa a few years back) and her guy Phil, to take in a concert at Miner’s Leap Winery. Steelin’ Dan, a super talented Steely Dan tribute band, (voted the BEST of Sacramento) gave an incredible end-of-summer performance that had nearly everyone up and dancing including Yours Truly and Judy.
What an incredibly beautiful venue and a lovely evening. One of the best parts of my job is the people that I meet in my travels; I have the best Art Friends! Big hugs and thanks to Judy for suggesting the concert AND a fun casual dinner at tattoo-themed Ink & Eats in downtown Sacramento.
I wonder why she would think I’d appreciate that? Thanks Judy!
I’ve Never Been to Lake Tahoe
Annie from San Jose and her guy Steve offered to take me and My Someone Special kayaking on Sunday. We were originally going to go somewhere near Sacramento, but while we were sitting at breakfast eating waffles I told Steve that I had never been to Lake Tahoe. “Never?” “Never.” He leaned over and whispered in Annie’s ear and then they looked at me and said “How about we drive another 45 minutes further and take you to see Tahoe?”
We picked up a tandem kayak at a friend of Steve’s and headed on our way along an amazing scenic drive. “Wowwwwww it’s so beautiful.” I exclaimed. “Oh, this is nothing, wait. until we get there!” Steve replied.
He was right. Wow.
Against the Wind
Google Earth estimates we paddled 3.5 miles out to the island in Emerald Bay and another 3.5 miles back. When we entered the area the ranger told us that the winds were at 20/30 mph and asked “Are you sure you want to go out there?” Before the rest of us could say anything, Steve said we were. “Be careful, and stay near the shore.” Gulp. Steve, our Captain, pressed on.
The worst part of it was paddling against those gale force winds. Wow, what a workout. It made our eventual arrival on Fannette Island (the ONLY island in all of Lake Tahoe) at the end of the bay that much more sweet. So beautiful.
We pulled up on shore and hiked to the little tea house that sits at the top of the island. This tea house was built when the bay was privately owned, for the owner to bring her guests for high tea. Today it is only a four walls with no roof, but it is still a beautiful destination, how often do you get to kayak to an island then hike to an old tea house?
Thank you Captain Steve!
I’ve been in California for about three weeks and it’s been amazing! Thank you to everyone who attended my workshops, thank you to the friends who hosted me while I was here, thanks to Captain Steve for pushing us against the wind, thanks to Annie for sending me on my way with MORE homemade biscotti, thanks to My Someone Special for always looking out for me.
Denver, Here I Come!
As I write, I’m en route to Denver, CO where I will be taking two days of classes at Art Makers Denver. It’s going to be a treat for me to be the student! I’m going to sit in the back of class and be quiet (I’m sure you believe that) while I learn to make a charm necklace with Kirsten Denbow and how to doodle draw with Jennifer Mercede.
Before class however, I’m scheduled to meet up with some old and new friends. I’ve got some new girlfriends in Denver this year; Martine has offered to host me for the week and I’m meeting some very special friends for lunch tomorrow.
Meeting New People
You’ve heard me say before (earlier in this post, in fact), and I’ll say it again… one of the things I love most about my job is the interesting people I meet, the professional relationships I forge, the friendships I cherish.
A few years ago I came to Denver to teach with Art Makers Denver and Alyson Stanfield reached out to me and said “I see you are coming to Denver, can you make some time for me?”
Me? make time for her? This is someone who’s written a book on the very specific subject of artists self promotion, (I’d Rather Be in The Studio) blogs, teaches seminars and workshops in person and online…. I was humbled.
Since that first visit we’ve stayed in touch and I never miss a visit with Alyson when I’m in Denver. So, yes! I’m going to be talking shop this week with the Art Business Marketing Coach Alyson B. Stanfield!
Stay tuned for more Tales from the Empty Nest!
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