As you can see from the photo above, our first art walk, which was at Edmonds, was a little washed out. We got assigned to exhibit in Edward Jones which is an investment company. Their establishment had the largest amount of wall space to house my paintings. Although not many people braved the weather we did get a visit from Julie, Glenn's editor. It was the first time Glenn and Julie met face to face even though she played such an important part in the Cabin 108 journey. In all the excitement I forgot to get a photo of them together, darn it!!!
Even though the event was a washout, my work stays up for a month and we had lots of fun. Ha, we even danced with a couple of the visitors teehee. We also learned a lot and will be able to make our next art walk, at Columbia Funding Mortgage, Mill Creek Town Center (July 11th 5-8pm), even better.
I can't believe the launch party was over a week ago. One day just rolls into another and before you know it another week has gone by. Constant to do lists to keep on top of everything but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day.
The launch party was a huge success with a lot of people coming to support Glenn. It was his day and he seemed to revel in the attention he so rightly got. I felt blessed to be a part of it all. It was a lot of fun and many books were personally signed by the author himself. The Wild Vine Bistro was the perfect venue with friendly staff, good food and a fabulous ambiance.
Meet Scooter. I live in his house while I'm in the U.S. He's the head of the household like most dogs are. Usually Scooter's human, Glenn, takes him for a walk and I tag along. This morning, however, Scooter and I went alone. Scooter tried to show me the usual route but I pretended I didn't know it. Instead of only walking through the first part of the woods, turning right and walking through the neighbourhood until we reach Scooter's house, I kept going. The woods continued over three roads and we just kept walking and walking until we got to the pond. The path started getting overgrown with too much vegetation so Scooter decided to turn back. I really enjoy these walks. Everything is different to what I am accustomed to. The sights, the sounds and the smells all remind me I'm far away from my usual home. The blackberries are flowering. Some of the bushes that receive more sun are already showing signs of berries growing. They are really red and need more sun to turn into their true blackberry colour and gives them their juicy sweetness. The vegetation in the woods is the brightest of green. Almost too green for my Aussie eyes that are more used to the grey/green of the Aussie bush. There are wildflowers everywhere. I know they are probably considered weeds but to me they are all wild flowers in bright yellows, delicate purples and white. I particularly liked the delicate little yellow flowers that I saw growing near an old wooden paling fence. There was that real scent of spring in the air. You know that sweet warm smell that just makes you happy to be alive? My eternal spring/summers are agreeing with me.
Once the walk was over it was back to re-stretching my paintings. I have people now. This is Glenn, my stapler guy. Part time writer, full time stapler guy hehehe. He's been a fabulous help as I was having difficulty getting the staples to go in even though I bought an electric staple gun. We are back to using a manual stapler. Glenn's stapling success helped him to show his blokey side. In true macho fashion he strutted around the yard with his chest sticking out. A bloke with his tool is a sight to behold.
My stretched paintings seem to be taking over the spare room. Little by little they are getting ready for their first American showing.
I guess everybody knows I have arrived safe and sound in Seattle. Things are happening so fast I hardly get time to scratch myself let alone keep up with correspondence. It was quite a struggle lugging 16.6kg of rolled up canvas, along with my suitcase and carry on luggage, through the various airports but I managed it. I had sore shoulders and I swear my arms are longer from the weight teehee. My paintings are all here unscathed, 30 of them. Only thing is they now all need to be stretched. Glenn, my collaborator, kindly ordered all the stretcher bars and braces I need from Dick Blick's. They arrived, on Tuesday, before his books even!
All those boxes were a little daunting. Different size stretcher bars and braces seemed like a jigsaw puzzle. Once I opened all the boxes I realised every piece was marked with its size and I put them all together in no time.
I should have been re-stretching my paintings but there was way more exciting things going on. Glenn's shipment of his book, Cabin 108, finally arrived and it was so exciting to be able to accompany him to the storage facility to pick them up. Its been 21 months in the making and finally the day had arrived, Glenn could bring his babies home.
Glenn decided to take home 15 boxes each with 36 books. That evening after dinner it was packaging time. Time to fulfill all the orders. The brand new books and of course a piece of Glenn's soul were going to be mailed to different parts of America and overseas to the U.K. and Australia!!! If you're reading this Bob, your autographed copy is on its way!!!
Bye bye books ... safe journey to your new homes!!! Oh and don't forget, if you haven't already done so, you can order your very own copy of Cabin 108 from Glenn's website www.cabin108book.com. In my opinion its hotter than Fifty Shades and better written. And of course the picture on the cover was painted by yours truly.