Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jetlag or Culture Shock?

watercolor pencil and water in sketchbook 14.5 x22

Gorgeous day today. Looks like spring in Columbia, South Carolina.  

I walked around the area near my hotel but it was pretty dead because it is the weekend and this is a downtown (no residents) area. Lots of bars and restaurants, which I assume will liven up as the evening wears on, but I will be long asleep by then. , but where are the cafes? 

There was a little Starbucks across the street, but it was full of old ladies with nametags. (Well, Imay be an old lady, but I am not wearing a name tag in public!) 

There is no one on the streets walking. There are hardly any crosswalks...like only every 3 or 4 blocks, and then you have to push a button to get permission to walk and the light immediately starts counting down from 20 seconds and that's all the time you have. I missed it the first time because I thought it was counting down to when I could walk.  Then I had to wait another 5 minutes for another 20 second light!

 The buildings are beautiful and I spent a long time on the grounds of the capital.  I should have painted the scene above, the colors were incredible. That little tree in the front is bright pink. So many different kinds of trees and they are all so tall! And lots of squirrels. I had forgotten about squirrels. Very busy little animals.

The workshop begins tomorrow.  I'm ready.


7 comments:

Hillary Miller said...

I cracked up at your crossing the street story - I suppose at times you feel like a stranger in a strange land. Hopefully that will pass quickly as you enjoy your workshop!

toby said...

Oh, I'm so excited to find that you're bringing us along with you! Thanks - have a wonderful time!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Enjoy the workshope.
I was LOL with your stories.

laura said...

The darks and lights in your painting are wonderful, so feathery.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do in Reid's workshop!
There are no cafes where I am either--or little corner bars, which I really miss (from NY). Many places in the US still have--in fact or in practice--"blue laws" that restrict business on Sundays. Weird!

Lyn said...

Hey, Carol, I found your blog! I sent you a workshop participants list. It was wonderful to get to meet you!
Lyn

Rabbi Lars Shalom said...

these are sooooooooo amazing, i forgot my art, it will come back

Laureline said...

What in the WORLD are you doing in SOUTH CAROLINA??? I guess I better check your recent posts to find out what in the heck is going on ;D.