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September 5, 2016: Wild, Wild, Wild Kratts!

It wasn’t too long after the Dolores Park picnic that the family made a trip up to Santa Barbara to visit my wife’s cousin and her daughter. We got to SB on Sunday evening and scouted locations for some landscape painting. My wife lived in SB for five years while she went to college, so she knew the area and suggested I take a look at the courthouse.

We drove by a few times, figured out where I could set up, and were on our way back to the hotel when we saw the most amazing thing! The Wild Kratts were going to be at the Arlington on Monday evening and there were still tickets available!

Now, if you’re like me and my son, you love the Kratt brothers and you would know that being able to see them live in Southern California is almost unheard of! Almost…

So, we ponied up the money and got two tickets, and I have to say, the show was AMAZING! They even wore creature suits!

But I also spent six hours on Monday landscape painting at the courthouse and was pleased with how it turned out.

FullSizeRender (1) There are so many beautiful locations in the Santa Barbara area, I’m afraid I won’t be able to stay away, so be on the lookout for another Central Coast beauty soon…

December 21, 2013: Up to Prescott

On the Saturday before Christmas, Dad and I took a drive up to Prescott (pronounced “press kit”).  The high was 56 degrees, a little chilly for landscape painting, but we braved the weather and planted ourselves right in the main square.

To be honest, we went into the Palace Saloon first to grab a hot chocolate before setting up.  The Palace is known for providing libations to such Wild West characters as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and Big Nose Kate (who is buried in Prescott).

Below is a photo of the square from the steps of the courthouse.  If you look to the left of the Rough Rider statue, you can see where we set up.  That statue and the courthouse are  over 100 years old.InPrescott_12-21-13

We got there around noon and painted until it was dark, then packed up and headed back to the Palace for dinner and a pint.  It was a great day.

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