Wednesday, February 11, 2009

From the Central Coast to the Snow Country

Getting back to Monterey was hectic, so many friends to catch up with (what a luxury problem to have!!) It was great to have a nice haven at my girlfriend AnnBritt's in Carmel at the end of the day. 
During the day I was busy moving paintings around, getting ready for the new shows at both Gallery at 417 and Le Beau Soleil, and I had to bring a painting up to Santa Cruz for the annual members' show, and I now have some of my paintings on display at AnnBritt's Europa Design Furniture store!  It took several trips out to my storage space in Carmel Valley to exchange paintings and to make sure I remembered everything I need in Truckee and "on the trail" for the next few months.
Friday we had the reception at Gallery at 417 for our new show "Painting From The Heart". It was so nice to see everyone, even though it was raining lots of friends showed up, and it was a great evening, even though it turned out to be a bit nostalgic as it seems we are loosing the lease for the space.
I left the Monterey Peninsula early Saturday morning to get to Truckee before dark - I am always leery of crossing the Donner Pass at night in the wintertime with slippery roads.
I stopped a couple of places in the Central Valley to see the Sandhill Cranes - it is such an amazing sight, and I love the sounds they make - you can always hear them way before you spot them!
The bird life in the Central Valley is just amazing - flocks of thousands of starlings and blackbirds moved through the dry cornstalks on the fields like dark clouds, and cranes, geese and ducks flew in formations across the skies.

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