Some sketches from our annual Big Sur camping adventure last month. These are my camping shoes – once, long ago, they were reputable, now they’re so beat up I only take them camping.
One of the many California scrub jays that wait for you to drop something edible.
And this – from a camping dream. It always amazes me the weird dreams I get while camping. I don’t remember much of this except in involved being in some kind of studio and seeing all my drawings, from like my whole life, laid out against the wall in the hallway. I have no idea what that might mean, but in the morning I was compelled to draw it while it was still fresh in my mind…
Kids are all back in school. October is about to begin! (My favorite month!)
This is Jack and Seth sitting by the campfire. The sketch below it is my idea of what the cereal box sketch book might look like.
We went to the Henry Miller Library to see Black Francis in concert there. It’s a great venue to see music. A couple years back we had seen John Doe and Peter Case there. Very small, intimate venue – folding chairs on the grass, probably a couple hundred people max. I was not familiar with Black Francis, but was informed by my wife and cousin Jerry that he was in the Pixies. It was a great show, and a nice experience only a couple miles from the campsite.
A lot of people came to visit us and stay with us at the campsite. It was great to see Uncle Jerry again. He’s folding up his tent in the lower left-hand corner.
We aren’t very active campers, usually a good book, a sketch book, guitar playing, some crafts to work on, good food, lots of sleep and rafting down the river are our activities. We aren’t the hiking, rappelling, bungie-jumping sort.
Joan, as usual, cooked some fabulous meals at the campsite. Those little bottles at her feet are the used propane bottles used on the camping stove. Every year that little Coleman two-burner stove gets a serious workout.
Every year we go to Big Sur, to the same campsite, for a week or so. We just got back and I managed to finish off my latest sketch book! So there are a few images to share. Here’s the campsite. More to come!
Summer’s over! One last look at the summer camping trip: my son reading by the riverside. This one done as a birthday card for a family member.
We just got back from our annual two-week trip to Big Sur (although we didn’t go last year, due to the fires), and so I did some sketching, as usual. This is the river next to the tent (above).
Our neighbor’s dog: half husky, half wolf.
A lot of fun, very relaxing, but glad to be back all the same…