Indio Chalk Festival, Day 4 – the results

It didn’t rain at my house overnight on Saturday. However when I got to Indio, I found that there had been two hours of steady good rain there. Ugh. The city people had gotten there a little earlier and removed all the tarps to let the paintings dry. They needed to be dry before we could start on repair work, so we had a little time to commiserate between each other before we could start. Rafael’s painting – Lincoln, and Bijan’s painting (we think we read each others’ minds when we came up with such similar design ideas) had the most damage.

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Some damage to the right hand corners and both hands that required a little rework. The throat dried out fine. The wash marks on the ocean wrist I just incorporated.

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There were still puddles around 9:30am

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Lincoln needed a nose job.

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Bijan’s tarp leaked, causing a lot of damage on the neck and into the clouds.

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Repair work done, just in time for the judging. Except that about 2 minutes before Kathy came by, a woman let her 3 year old run through the painting. Then yelled at me for chiding him!

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The last competitor finished later in the day.

Amateur entries continued throughout the day, to the extent that there was so much judging for Kathy Dunham to do that the awards ceremony was about 40 minutes late. Here were the results in the professional category. The prizes were $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.

1. Bijan Masoumpaneh
2. Rafael Valencia
3. Jeni Bate

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The artist as part of the environment. 8’x8′, chalk on blacktop. (Photoshopped to be vertical, though you can possibly now see some of the foot damage.)



Being spat at. (Bucket list item done!)

Arrived back from the show in Boulder City, NV happy to meet a couple friends from blogland who had arrived during my absence. They’d never visited this part of the world before, so we spent a couple days doing the Imperial County Tourist thing.  One item they were interested in finding was the mudpots.  I’m glad they pressed me on this as I’ve also wanted to find the mudpots of Imperial County since I heard about them perhaps ten years ago.  So, four or five sets of directions later and several dirt roads, we got there.

Volcanic Mud pot in action

Forever blowing bubbles…..



I was surprised that the mudpots are actually around six feet high – from pics I’d seen before I thought they were knee-height.  Once we got near them, not only are they a visual item, but we discovered they made quiet hissing and gurgling noises.  A few of them were active enough to produce small mud eruptions and I was actually close enough to get spat on.  Got a few shots of the action, this is probably the best one.  I wonder if last week’s earthquake swarm in the area invigorates them or calms them down?


Red, blue…. blue, red.

No, I’m not referring to having seen those lights in my rear view mirror recently.

I was intrigued by this article on about the Curiosity rover on Mars photographing a Martian sunset.  (They’ve been there how long and only now think to look at the sunset…??? <sigh>)

The sky on Mars goes blue towards sunset.  I think it curious that on the blue planet, the blue sky tends to go red towards sunset, and on the red planet the reverse is true. Check it out.

Maybe they’ll photograph a sunrise soon.