Monday, November 9, 2009

Arizona

This past weekend, M and I went to visit his parents in Mesa, AZ.  They stay there in the winter months, at a place called Venture Out.  It is a retirement community, and the residents live in trailers.  It is a great place to live, if you are retired and like to stay busy.  They have all kinds of activities and social gatherings.   There is a stained glass workshop, woodworking, lapidary, art classes, hiking groups, swimming pools, etc.  Just about any activity you might be interested in can be found.  We had a really good visit, and enjoyed some pretty warm (hot) temperatures while there.  (93 degrees, in November!)

I love the drive to the Phoenix area, since we take the back roads.  There are plenty of sagauro and ocotillo cactus along the way!  I was having fun, as the passenger, clicking photos through the window of the zooming vw van.  Here are a few shots for your enjoyment.


I am busy preparing for an art festival in Ventura, California this coming Saturday, November 14th.  I will be downtown, in a tent, near Mission Park on Main Street.  The festival is from 11 to 6 pm, so if you are interested in stopping by, click on this link for more information.  I will have brand new paintings and monotypes with me - some of which I created yesterday and today!!!   Hot off the press!  I will be right next to my friend and fellow artist, Tina Bluefield.   You can also send me an email, to get more information about this event.  karine@karineswenson.com


I will have photos of some of the new monotypes for you soon.  Happy Monday, and stay tuned!

4 comments:

lee said...

I love Arizonia,,must be because our weather is crappy at this time of year....I thought about us retiring down there for 6 months. So many Canadians do that. But I dont quite think I am ready for that yet...maybe a few more years. Good luck on the show

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi karine!
oh what a wonderful trip! your pictures are amazing!

have a fabulous show! i so wish i could come!

bigBANG studio said...

Karine, what an awesome trip! Aren't those saguaros marvelous? Hope you guys are having a great week and can't wait to see the new monotypes. AND GOOD LUCK IN VENICE!!! I am so excited for you! Unforch I won't be here- P's birthday is today, then I'm taking off for Breckenridge for a long weekend- I'll give CO a hug for you!

XOXO!!!

Patricia said...

So nice for you to spend time with family! Have a terrific exhibit-