Thursday, August 16, 2007

August 16, 2007
Back in the office after a long day of travelling yesterday. Had a transfer in Houston and my bags didn't make it, so I landed in Phoenix at about 6:15 P.M. without keys to my Ranger. Had to take a Super Shuttle to my house ($46 plus $4 tip). Bags arrived at 1:30 in the morning. How they found my house is beyond me. The Shuttle driver did the GPS address thing and it didn't even come close to mi casa.

Good to be back. Did lots of sketches on the trip. Here are a few highlights:

Lots of waiting in terminals, this first page is from Sky Harbor (above, left). Don't try to read the notes (the scanner reversed the image). The second page (right) was done airborne on the way to Nicaragua. Met a woman from upstate New York named Deborah Blow who is the executive director of North Country Mission of Hope. They are based in Plattsburgh, New York and she and her group were on their eighth trip to Nicaragua to help build housing for a poor village. No electricity, they sleep on the ground). She and her friends weren't alone. A guy sitting across from me was part of a U.S. group bringing baseball to the Nics, with uniforms and equipment and several ex-pros, also on the flight. I was the only slug, coming totally to binge on food and booze and sleep all day.

These next two pages (above) were sketched in Leon, Nicaragua. The first page in the luxurious El Convento Hotel, where I wrote my blog entry on the second night there (the one about the rain and the wine, August 7). They had amazing art and statuettes, which I took some time studying to try and capture their method of caricature (this became a theme as you shall see):

The humidity was quite oppressive, but every night we were there the rain came and the thunder rolled. Here I am sketching the rain soaked streets, from memory (above, left). And also the many horse drawn carts (Caballos de Carretas). At right are two side streets we saw on our way to the Subtiava Barrio.

More tomorrow.

"No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting."
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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