So when he finally got some service, here's the beauties that came through! I was in awe!
11 x 14
9 x 21
|"Boat Dock" (I don't know the title--I made that up . . . clever, yes?)|
8 x 10
Our dear friend, Scott Shearer, also went up and hung out for a couple of days. He lives in Milton, WI (Did I get that right, Scott?) and Doug was very excited to see him!! They had a nice steak back at the trailer one evening and, if I heard Doug right, they talked a little religion!! haha A favorite topic around our house!!
The rest of the paintings from the event, well, they really blew my mind. I mean, I know, this is all called "from my perspective" and I'm a little partial to this guy, but GOOD LORD (yes, I'm going to go ahead and throw in a little religion!) talk about incredible. He would post them on facebook and the comments that came back were so . . . RIGHT ON! The guy's got a few fans, and not just with the last name Braithwaite either!! And then he smiles his "ah-shucks-guys-stop-it-already" smile and we all love him a little more!
Okay - here's what I mean:
|"Orange Buoy" |
(how DO you spell that? I know that's wrong but I haven't got time to figure it out! Someone correct me please!)
8 x 10
Next one . . .
8 x 10
Last but not least, okay - I think this is the winner of my heart!! Seriously - I'll stop talking it up - just tell me it's not spectacular!!
|"Gill's Rock Geometry"|
10 x 10
The trip back has been exciting!! Remember my stalker-app "Find My Friends?" Yeah - well, it's seriously our best friend!! I map out a route for the day, find and reserve him a place to stay, stalk him on FMF, and then call him just as he's just about there to direct him to the campground. Seriously, what would he do without me?? haha
I've done pretty well with getting decent campgrounds, but dang, in some of these small places, there's slim pickins!! First night he stayed just east of Minneapolis in Woodbury. That was okay. I think he was able to send a few paintings at that point - here's a few more he did - don't ask me where he painted them - "along the way" is my best guess! haha
8 x 10
10 x 8
I think he probably was thinking just how awesome his wife is as he named this little beauty . . . probably said a little prayer here too . . yeah pretty sure!
|"Last Stop in Wisconsin"|
6 x 8
Back to the rest of the story . . . Wisconsin and Minneapolis campgrounds were A+. Great job, hun. (I'm referring to me here . . .) Then he had to drive through Fargo. I didn't dare let him spend the night in Fargo. Have you seen the movie?? Have you seen the short mini-series on TV? Jeepers Creepers people!! So yeah, we forged onward and got to Jamestown, North Dakota. That was okay too!! Okay batting a thousand. From Fargo west, well, not so many towns to choose from. So we ended up hitting Glendive, ND. Eek. The name should have clued me in. But, yeah, it didn't. Didn't fare so well there. When I called the Green Valley campground, the little guy said "ah, hell, you don't need a reservation. Just c'mon in and we'll hook ya up!" Ahh, I'm thinking, this sounds nice n cozy!! Well, cozy it was - the trailer next to Doug's was no more than 5 feet away and he played the radio all night long. Doug texted me and said "this place sucks so bad! There is actually a giant "swooshing" sound like a toilet flushing!" Oops! Soooo sorry luvvy!! I finally found a site that had "reviews" of the campgrounds in the area. Yeah, my bad. That one got a 1 out of 10.
Anyway, the only good thing that came out of that state was this awesome painting!! Doug can find something beautiful, anywhere he goes. So "farewell" to North Dakota! Beautiful - BUT didn't really dig the "swoosh!"
|"Last Day in North Dakota"|
6 x 8
One last painting, DAMN IT, you stopped in FARGO??? Defiant little $%*#!! Well, he did make something pretty stinkin cool out of a damn sign! Seriously?!! Uh-Mazing!
|"Roadside near Fargo, ND"|
6 x 8
Well, my friends, Doug is heading up to Glacier National Park tomorrow and will be there for 2 or 3 days. So excited to see what he paints for us there! Talked to Anne Weiler-Brown this morning and she said to tell Doug "I'm so jealous of your painting venture and so inspired by all the work!" Thanks Anne! We need to take one of these road trips together - a whole bunch of us!! Good time! Oh the stories we could tell . . . and I would, of course, tell it from my perspective . . .
Good night all!