Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Home Again

We're home. July 4th in Telluride was terrific as usual. I wrote a bit about the celebration in the last post. One of the things I didn't mention, is that in addition to the fun funky part of the parade and festivities, this little town goes all out to honor Veterans. Every year, all Vets present on the 4th, whether from Telluride or visitors, are invited to march in the parade. This year my husband Steve (USMC 1967-1970) marched with about 25 others (including several artists from the show). The crowd cheers, small children shout "thank you", the band plays- it was very moving-especially since Steve and his comrades never got a parade or thank you when they came home. I was very proud.

The show ended on a positive note with another sale, and we headed home on Sunday morning. Driving through New Mexico, we were treated to what we used to call "Maynard Dixon skies" all day...

Then, a big storm rolled in and we saw this:

And, finally a moonrise through the storm clouds

Quite a show.


Janelle Goodwin said...

Welcome home. Thanks for sharing your Telluride experience with us! And I want to say thank you to Steve for his service to our country!

Tess Walls said...

I enjoyed following your Telluride experiences AND your paintings--plein air done within your style and voice.

What a great experience for your husband as well--a great 4th!

Tess Walls

Casey Klahn said...

I'm glad the road trip ended well. It sounds like an art fair on steroids, since the usual focus is get set-up, survive and get home safe. And sell art.

But, for these plein air invitationals, you have to make finished works on site, frame them and be ready to sell. Then, you even participated in civic activities!

Rest well. My regards to Steve, Whose service Americans respect and remember.

VickiRossArt said...

we got the same photos on our way back to Arkansas from Santa Fe! What gives? :)

that moonrise will probably make into one of your paintings...I have been working diligently on the paintings I started during your fantastic class.

sarahfburns said...

ooh - Maynard Dixon skies - great stuff, his work is so inspiring!

Deborah Paris said...

Thank you Janelle- and Steve says "your welcome" !

Thanks Tess- this is my 4th year at the show, and I have to say I enjoyed it the most this year because I could share it with Steve!

Thanks Casey- "an art fair on steroids"- what a perfect description!

Hi Vicki- I must admit, I have been thinking about the moon! Glad to hear you are still hard at work!

Hi Sara- yes, Dixon is one of the giants in my book.