Monday, August 23, 2010

I have gotten way behind on my blogs so I have spent today trying to do a little catch up and have posted my August Outdoor Adventure from several weeks ago. I hope you will take the time to check it out and see what I have been doing in the back country. This time in the Wiggins Fork and Bear Creek area.

I just had to post this photo of Ian Tyson and the stage set up along the river in the town park. What great music he writes and sings. Some may remember him from the old Folk music days of Ian and Sylvia. Four Strong Winds? He does the most wonderful cowboy and western music with a sound that is only his own. And of course Dubois song., The Old Double Diamond

Saturday night the town festivities continued with the Ian Tyson concert. My favorite singer and performer. Moneys from this concert went to the Needs of Dubois which is moneys for special needs for folks with illness or down on their luck. I was a recipeint of this with my cnacer a few years back and sure do believe in the endeavor and contribute wholeheartedly. Here is some of my family, Son in law, Clay Ward, master bronze finisher, Vicki's sister, Jenny sitting on the ground, Vicki's folks, Vicki and in the front row, grand daughter, Calli and my daughter, Janet. Tom Lucas, my pardners wife-Tammy Lucas.
My finished Gouache Watercolor painting of Brooks Lake.
Other events taking place were Indian dancers performing right behind us as well as a Chainsaw carving contest by some of the top artisans in the country and later a Pig wrestling contest. A number of vendors were also set up and the Bacon brothers performed for over a thousand people which is a great event for a town of less than that population. Proceeds go towards establishi8ng a ranch retreat for surviving families of service people lost in the Iraq and Afghan war. This year a number of those folks stayed at the Absaroka Guest Ranch NW of town and it is a time of healing and sharing for those families who have contributed their best to America. A worthy cause that is all ready reaping huge rewards and times of healing. God bless them all.

This has been a big weekend for Dubois with a huge fund raising endeavor for two causes going on. The Bacon brothers were in town to put on a concert in the town park for raising money for the Chance Phelps foundation which goes to families of soldiers lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Named after Chance who was the featured soldier in the movie last year of Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon. Kevin and his brother make up the band. Michael Bacon was in the gallery and we had a nice visit with he and his wife. Part of the days events featured my pardner, Tom Lucas and myself who donated a Quick-draw painting done in the town Park saturday morning. The weather was perfect.
I have begun this Gouache Watercolor painting on a full sheet of Arches 300# watercolor paper. Looks like a study in green and I guess it is. I pretty well know what I want to do with some manipulations as I go so am detailing it out as I go.