Usually it’s ‘Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning’. I’ve painted quite a few of them. But Saturday morning in Big Bear started out plain blue. By lunch time that had changed. Yes, I’ve done a few (only a few, thank you) shows in rain but this was one of the better ones. Make that Wetter ones.
Clouds puffed up all morning and at noon it started to patter. I rolled down the protective see-thru tarps just before it started to pour. For 1 and a half hours. After about an hour the organizers had managed to rustle up a digger to try to bail out the corner of the show area as there was no out-drainage and their little pump couldn’t keep up.
In the bottom right of the pic you can see the handle to a large umbrella – this was about 4 feet from the lower edge of my booth. I didn’t actually get flooded but was muddy from mid thigh down with walking around in the mud. So glad I wore flip flops instead of sneakers. Another neighbor recorded 2″ of rain in his uncovered raku pots. I spent 90 mins poking pools of water out of the top of my tent. Mostly I was prepared – the only thing that truly suffered was my portfolio which got uncovered.
By 5pm most of the equipment was mostly just damp, there were still thunder clouds around us and a forecast of worse storms overnight and Sunday, so I packed up and went home!
On the way, I picked up Riverside Dawn which had just come out of the show in Corona. It’s on eBay… (slightly drier shopping experience).