October 26, 2012
I don’t know what this drawing is about—it’s just what came out after a very long travel day: long drive to the airport, two planes to get home, pick up the car, get some groceries, and finally home sweet home. I love to see new places and especially to see the world from different perspectives, and I also love coming back home.
This trip was really for Charlie to learn Chumash basketry techniques. I learned some, but it’s not really my cup of tea. The prep work before the actual basket weaving is way too complicated for my tastes. I much prefer creative activities where I can just sit down and do it (like process art) or at least get to it soon (like quilting). But I suspect I’m going to find some user-friendly basket materials one of these days and apply what I’ve learned in new ways. Meanwhile, I’ll likely get back to aquarelle pencils tomorrow, and tempera paints sometime after the first of the year when I’m not necessarily doing art every day.
And our next trip is going to be my choice! We probably won’t go anywhere far away until next summer, but I have some ideas cooking. I spent five weeks in Hawaii back in 1989 and had a very transformational time there. Ever since I had two breast cancer scares in 2003 and 2004, I’ve wanted to go back to Hawaii. I’ve planned two trips since then that both fell through—one because I ended my previous relationship and the other (Charlie’s and my Plan A honeymoon) because the nuclear accident in Japan happened not long before, and we weren’t comfortable with the increased risk of radiation exposure. I still really long to go back, so I’m going to do some research about the radiation situation.