After a long and restful sleep, we’re up and feeling ready to tackle our new environment.
Our morning chores consist of making breakfast and washing dishes. We decide that doing dishes only once a day will make it easier and save time. We get ourselves cleaned up and do a little more cleaning of the cabin so that we can utilize every available space for storage.
Several times a day we take two 5-gallon buckets down to the river and fill them to a weight that we can carry back up the rock to the cabin.
To get up and down from the cabin, we have to walk to the side of the boulder where the cabin sits, and climb down a fairly steep trail to the riverside. Going down is a breeze, coming up with filled buckets of water is not so easy. In the cabin is a filtering bag and we refill this daily, sometimes twice. We also boil water to wash and rinse with in a very large enameled pot at least once a day.
We are amazed to see numerous river rafters float by throughout the day. From our perch above the river, we often look down and wave as the rafters float by. One yells up to us, asking how we got to stay here at Granite Cabin. Gini yells back that it’s the Artist-Wilderness-Connection program through the Hockaday Museum. As the rafter floats down the river, the last thing we hear him say is “Someday I’m going to do that!” That brings a smile to our faces.
Chores done, we head out to the “meadow” (the area where Matt and the horse were waiting for us yesterday) or as Gini has nicknamed it “Our Quiet Place” where it is cooler. It is quite windy today and this area is fairly well sheltered from the gusts. The shaded area is also a welcome relief from the hot sun.
We write in our journals and think about our artistic strategy for the next 9 days. One of the great aspects of this is that we don’t have a schedule or itinerary—we don’t have the pressure to complete anything so we decide to keep it loose and approach it on a day-to-day basis.
Some of the things I would like to try are:
Value Studies (one color drawings)
Poetic Color Harmonies
A scene that I paint multiple times from more detailed to less detailed.
Trails in honor the 50 Anniversary of the National Trail Systems Act in 1968.
River views in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (Double anniversaries— how about that!)
Rocks at waters edge & underwater.
Trees in the forest.
Stay tuned for the next installment to come…