See, I've been waiting for an opportunity to get together with another artist friend of mine (Glenn, right in the picture) and venture into the wild to paint and do some photography. It is an almost unbelievable privilege that in my chosen craft, this kind of thing is a business trip.
Long story short, when the weather's fine and the water's up, you jump while you have the chance. So, Glenn and I (in his canoe) hit the Buffalo National River and paddled for a couple of days. I am posting a few photos to document the trip, but I need to point out that, due to an unnaturally aggressive tree trunk (which I am almost certain leaped in front of our canoe out of pure mischief) our sturdy craft capsized and took on many gallons of Buffalo National Water, soaking both our cameras in the process.
"Now, now..." you may cluck, "you two should have had your cameras in watertight bags, against the possibility of such a mishap.". Indeed we did, or so we thought. They were carefully sealed in Hefty zip bags, the kind with a plastic zipper thing that saves you the tedium of actually sealing the bag with your finger and thumb. Needless to say, Glenn is preparing an official Letter of Chagrine addressed to the Hefty corporation. All the old-fashioned bags (sans zipper) were water tight, while all the zipper-pull bags leaked.
I didn't use my camera for the rest of the weekend (out of fear I might damage the circuitry). Naturally, this was by far the most interesting portion of the trip. Hopefully I'll be able to retrace my steps there soon and photograph some of what I missed this time around. I did get one small color sketch done, but spent most of the time paddling. Check back for paintings from the Buffalo. I'll post each one as I complete them.
Bonus Feature! Canoeing Quiz:
When approaching an obstacle with limited time to maneuver, which of the following would be the proper response:
A) Use a "J" stroke to turn the canoe
B) Use a stern-to-bow sweep stroke on the side of the canoe opposite the obstacle
C) Drop your paddle and scream like a girl
The correct answer will be discussed later.