It was a rare November day, 70 degrees. I went exploring and found what I thought was a quiet spot next to the north branch of the Ausable River at the dead end of a seasonal road. I set everything up and started painting, when I heard a very odd sound. It reminded me of a transformer, with that really loud electrical "Boop!" and then no power, but instead the really loud electrical sound was followed with a thunderous BOOM. I was a little closer to Grayling and the National Guard base than I thought! They were conducting air-to-ground exercises, complete with A-10s. How did I know this?
A couple stopped by, ready to leave their camping spot, and found me in their favorite place along the Ausable's north branch. They told me it was called The Ford, where vehicles could once-upon-a-time drive across and continue along the seasonal road. Now, it is closed off - a dead end. Plus I got a primer on being close to Grayling's National Guard base. I missed the morning A-10 flyover and the Howitzers. They also suggested a few more quiet spots, which I really appreciated. They purchased my little painting, and left for home in Ohio. They made my day, and I think I also made theirs!
I have an interesting profession. I am an artist, which means I look at everyday life and see interesting things. Welcome to the blog! I'll be including stories about my adventures in art and the colorful world around us.