Alice in Wonderland!
I’ve never seen an Alice movie. Not the Disney, or the Tim Burton/Johnny Depp. All I have read is the book.
This was a fun challenge since I got to review some of the excellent illustrations by John Tennel. I particularly liked the Red Queen version.
Who could forgot the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” labels that led Alice into some precarious situations?
The White Rabbit is portrayed as big ears hidden under most of the mixed media on top.
I am finding I don’t really like white space left on a page. Perhaps next week I will paint the page first so there is color everywhere.
Another year, another Barkleys Marathon. Last year I was lucky enough to crew for a Barkley runner.
Me babysitting the Yellow Gate while my runner ran around in the woods all night and day.
You know what? You get more intel sitting at home in front of the computer than in camp! Plus it’s far more comfortable! You can’t spend all your time on your phone as there is limited space to charge up a phone. Cell coverage is still poor there.
My latest Top Ten List Whilst Waiting for the elusive and cryptic Barkley Marathons Update
- Go for a run-there is time. Nobody is going to come back to camp within six hours at the earliest unless they have quit already. Go run a 5k, half-marathon, hey, even a 50K can be raced before you hear of updates from the front runners.
- Read an account of a very long first loop-32 hours. Spoiler alert: they timed out.
- Watch Inside the Documentary at Popcorn Talk, where producer Annika Illtis chats about the making of “The Barkley Marathons: The Race that Eats its Young”.
- Since you have plenty of time, kindly peruse Christian Griffiths 2010 Barkley Race Report
- Read a book. Specifically, Cathy Henn’s “Danger Beyond the Yellow Gate”. Cathy is the wife of Raw Dog and the mother of Danger Dave. Cathy knows her Barkley!
- Read some of my curated lists from over the years! Here is 2017 Barkley Interviews, My 2017 Top Ten, My Top Ten 2016 List,
- Watch “Where Dreams Go to Die”. It is-was available to download in March. Will Gary pull off five loops this year?
- Check out the map of FHSP and pretend to be a Barker! Look at those really close together contour lines!
- Read Frozen Ed Furtaw’s Book “Tales from Out There”. Your best Barkely reference tool.
- Listen to a long form interview with John Fegyversi on Ten Junk Miles-very good!
Is anyone back to camp yet?
Art Journal Challenge Week Eleven Travel
A much easier prompt! This was Art Journal Challenge Week Eleven. Whee! Travel!
I used a few different tecniques on this page. I had previously painted one side green. Most of the images were cut and pasted from various sources. I used a stencil, added some words on places I want to travel to soon.
Where I Want to Travel To
Grenada in October
Savannah sometime this year? We have friends there and Savannah is rich in history that we’ve only scratched this surface of. They have fantastic food there too.
Napa Somehow I don’t think I could convince the Hubs to a Grenada, Savannah, and Napa all in the same year. Napa 2019!
The Tour Divide-well I doubt this would ever happen, but never say never. Bike from Banff, Canada, to Mexico.
My Biking tour of the Ohio to Erie Trail from Cinti to Cleveland. Or vice versa, I haven’t decided yet.
On to Week Twelve!
This week’s prompt was “Map”.
As so far, I start out strong. I’m really stoked about the challenge, then I tend to lose steam. Same with this week.
My painting is clumsy and amateuristic. I have this vision of what I want to create, but that is not what goes down on the paper. I think with the next challenge I am going to mix it up with a bunch more of “mixed media”.
Onto Week Ten!
Another week has gone by!
I started out pretty strong with this, but faltered midweek. Work has been a horrible strain lately, and I come home exhausted and don’t want to do anything but watch TV. I haven’t been feeling too creative.
When I touched the prompt “color” I thought of the Pantone Color of the Year Ultraviolet. But I cheated and printed it out via the printer. I did use my acrylic paint, watercolor, a few pieces of paper, and used my stencils a bit.
Onto the next week!
I made a cool background to start with, but quickly discovered writing long hand on the page wasn’t going to stand out. My handwriting is not the greatest.
I went back to printing out quotes. I was amused to see I had picked the same quote twice from different parts of my Pinterest page. I guess I need to put that book down and stop re-reading that same chapter.
I seem to have a theme on this quotes week about letting go and moving forward. I’ve been struggling with this for a year now. It’s been one year since I stopped running. I do want to move on. I’ve been trying to re-invent myself and find out “who” I am exactly since I am no longer a runner. I don’t know yet.
Overall I liked the look of my page. I used acrylic paint, watercolors, stamps to create my Week 8 Challenge. Week 8 of 52 gone already! Is it spring yet?
Adventure Summit Report
A bright spot in the middle of the winter doldrums, I drove over to Wright State University for their Adventure Summit. A chance postcard picked up at last year’s Buckeye Trailfest, I had never heard of this free event before.
There were plenty of vendors in the exp.
Even Bigfoot made an appearance!
Schedule of Events
There were fitness classes, some competitions, and presentations Friday night and all day Saturday. There were enough interesting sounding topics that it was hard to pick what to attend!
My Three Favorite Presentations
Terry presented on having adventure, at any age, at any cost. She had recently done a challenge “30 Days of Crazy” where she had to do *something new* every day for thirty days. (In hind sight, she said she would give herself more than thirty days). This actually led to her writing a book about her “30 Days of Crazy”. Terry encourage all of us to get out and experience an adventure, no matter how small.
The next speaker was Richard, who biked East to West across the United States. Richard spoke extremely well, with a great self deprecating sense of humor. I picked up a few good tips for my bike touring.
My favorite talk was Hiking the Camino de Santiago.
This has become somewhat of an obsession with me lately-I should save that for another blog post! This married couple went on their Camino in 2017. They were great public speakers, and their room was packed! They should have moved their presentation to the main speaker room, but nobody probably knew the Camino was going to be such an attraction!
This was an all free presentation at Wright State University. I recommend that you check it out next year!