My friend, Barb of the Painted Ladies, has recently been to Hawaii to visit her daughter who is living off the land on a flower farm. And I do mean living off the land - as in a tent with dirt floors, no running water or electricity, etc. From her trip, Barb had lots of photos of flowers, beaches, etc. Yesterday, we spent a lot of time looking at her photos and choosing one to paint, but we spent more time visiting and catching up on our lives. Barb was a Southern California girl who lived in Hawaii for a year after graduating from high school. So her recent visit to her daughter was deja vu for her. For me, her daughter's way of life in Hawaii seemed much like the hippies of the 60's who moved to Taos, NM, started communes and lived off the land. The big difference being that it is easier to live off the land where you have a longer growing season. And if you are going to live in a tent, Hawaii would be a much wiser choice. It gets dang cold in NM during the winters. I was never a NM hippie, but as a farm girl, I understand the feelings of getting back to simple life, growing food, living off the land. I do refuse to live in a tent. Ya gotta draw the line somewhere.
Anyway, we picked a flower to paint. My painting was not pleasing to me and could use some more work. Chances are, I will not work on it 'cause I don't like it much, but it was brush time, and that was good. Barb and I plan on doing more brush time this summer. Next time, I will take my camera to show you Barb's painting too. We have very different styles and techniques in painting, and yet we have similar attitudes towards our art. I'm not sure I can explain that, but I do enjoy painting and visiting with her. We actually talked about having an art supply store/ gallery/ coffee shop/etc. Of course it was all talk at this point. But if we did open an art store, I think we should call it "Hippie Chicks" or "Hippie Chic."