Tales from the field #20

I’ll take any kind of water – rain, hail, flood, fog, sleet, snow – (I’ve only so far done shows with the first 4) – and even earthquakes (yes, been there done that) over wind any day.  Wind is the true 4-letter word.  Nevertheless, it’s not easy to set up in the rain.

partially set up booth, with rain

The ground was sodden when I got there, hence tarps under everything. The 4th wall is doubling as a second ground tarp inside the booth.

Soaked items include: sneakers, socks, jeans, inside of truck tailgate (it has rug), some corners of the cardboard boxes, eventually the outside of the partial walls you see set up, hoodie, mat bin, cooler, ground tarp.  The weather forecast for Litchfield Park, AZ, though is better for the actual show days.

Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter.

As ever a pleasure to pass on the Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter.  Now I have to just think of the best reason for them to visit Salton City on that US trip!

Monthly Newsletter

Here’s the monthly what’s-happening-in-the-skyscape-world newsletter.  Powerful storms!  We certainly live in a wacky climate.

Tales from the field #16

Well, it is sky, after all.  That is my biggest inspiration. Set up in warm weather on Friday, regretting not having brought a pair of shorts and a tank top with me!  But there were a few clouds around.

In the evening I was outside at the airbnb where I was staying in Cornville – about 25 mins drive to the south east. There were clouds and a beautiful double rainbow.  At one point I thought there was a hint of a triple, which is a first-time-in-my-life experience for me.  Unfortunately I was on the phone so didn’t catch the triple.

Double rainbow in Cornville

Double rainbow in Cornville

Today was a nice day until about 11am.  Then we started with a steady drizzle.  At about 2:30 it let up a little, enough to run to the restroom.  From there I could see these clouds low between the mountains.

Rainy weather over Sedona

My booth is on the row second from the right, with the white wall hanging out covering half of the front.

We were thinking tomorrow will be better, but I’ve just looked at the forecast.  <sigh>.

A little bit of fun.

I had bought some tshirts for a summer camp class last year that didn’t run, so I had a clump of white tshirts.  I decided to have a little fun with them over the last couple days.  Not that I need any more tshirts….  Let me know if you are interested.  All these are an adult medium, but I can recreate them in a different size. $20+tx/sh.

tshirt

“So, I’m different. So?”

tshirt

“Neighborhood watch”, the inspiration for this came from my chalk painting ‘The artist as part of the environment

tshirt

The detail on Neighborhood watch

tshirt

“Disappearing butterflies”

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“Always dance in the rain.”

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“Circles and splashes”. Front of tshirt

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“Circles and splashes” tshirt back of tshirt.

CAS newsletter – and music!

I love to forward the Cloud Appreciation Society’s newsletter.  This time there is a very interesting item about a song written about Luke Howard who is the man who classified the clouds.  You can hear a couple of these through the link, on youtube. I have the CD on order!

Sonnet Challenge #29

I spent some time in early August hoping we would get rained on, without joy.  I was hopeful yesterday too, with a wind coming up from the gulf, but the dessicating desert air all mopped it up and we just got haze.

Storm Building

I watch the nimbus build across the west
a great gray blanket blotting out the sun,
the gathering of storm has just begun –
we need the rain! The cumulus start to crest
off to the south, into great thunderheads.
The tension builds in the electric air.
I bring the lawn chairs in and thus prepare
for wind that might just tear such things to shreds
with its intensity. I know the drill;
stratus accumulate and start to bear down
as if to smother this belittled town –
they’ll rumble, crack and then they’ll start to spill.
The coulds build up as if to promise rain,
but in the afternoon’s heat dissipate again.