Flagstaff to Williams

FORDACHO

Meet Fordacho, 2000 Ford E-150 Conversion Van. My home away from home. My own personal guest house. Here, you see him parked in the driveway at my daughter Rosa's in Kachina Village, Flagstaff, Arizona, where I stayed for a couple of nights and a fun visit.

ROSA

ROSA'S JOHN

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Do you remember my last post? The one in which I said I woke up in Holbrook? Well, that was when I decided to get off the Interstate and head North to Hopi. And am I glad I made that decision.

I got word of a Kachina Dance in Moenkopi, over by Tuba City. I had seen one dance there a few years ago, in the lower plaza. That one was a fairly limited dance, so I wasn't expecting too much.

When I got there, around one o'clock, I saw a group of clowns entering the upper plaza and a large crowd with cars and pickups parked everywhere. I quickly squeezed Fordacho into a parking spot, and made my way around to the other end of the plaza where I found a bit of shade that left me peeking around the corner of a house the roof of which was covered with spectators.

Just then the Kachinas began filing in from the far end of the plaza. Along with a drummer, a priest, several clowns, covered in yellow clay and unmasked, something I had never before seen, and a couple of Mudheads, some sixty Long Hair Kachinas of all ages and sizes appeared, filling the plaza. They brought with them boxes of gifts to throw into the crowd. There were apples and oranges and peaches, candies and popcorn balls, bananas and carrots and loaves of bread. There were also small Kachina Dolls and beautifully painted gourd rattles for the children; these were not thrown, but handled gently.

I caught four apples, two oranges, two bags of dinner rolls and a bag of Cheez -Whiz! I was handed a very welcome slice of watermelon.

Soon, small groups and individual Mixed Kachinas came from behind me and joined in with the Long Hairs.

Then, between “sets”, more Mixed Kachinas, at times as many as sixty five Kachinas of all sorts, Ogres, Whippers, a Great Horned Owl, Mong, or Chief, Mudheads, Piptukas, Kachinas representing other tribes, Navajo, Comanche, Apache, Supai and others. Chaveyo and Planet, Soyoko and Soyok Mana, Kokopeli, Wuwuchim and Wildcat were there. Left Handed Kachina, Ewiro, the Warrior, and Hu were there, too.

There were skits, one involving two very large “Sumo wrestlers” and their attendants, judges, and supporters, and another a very raucous and suggestive take on the recent Trans Gender headlines.

I managed to move into a better shaded vantage point on the other side, after the first dance, with a view of the entire length of the plaza as well as the comings and goings of the Mixed Kachina groups, where I stayed unti the end.

The day was very hot, with almost no breeze. I mostly stood and occasionally, briefly sat until seven or seven thirty. It was exhausting for me. I can't imagine how the dancers could keep going all that time, and probably all morning, as well. They had no shade and many had their heads enclosed in heavy leather masks; some were wearing black, woolen mantas, others fox or bobcat skins around their necks and shoulders. Yet on they danced, seemingly tirelessly.

Grrr, my battery is getting low, gotta go

To be continued…

 

 

SPANISH CHICKEN / Daily Painting #1093

Watercolor / 6 x 8 inches

Here's another in the popular new series, Confections. ( Well, not exactly. I decided to forego the pen and ink line in favor of drawing directly the brush.) I'm having a great time with these, and apparently so are many of you.

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It snowed last evening!

Time to kick my packing into high gear and head south. 'Cause when the snow starts to fly, so do I! Does that make me a snowbird? Well, whatever it takes to get me to warmer climes.

Do you want to see what I'm taking? Stay tuned. All my new gear came in today, so I'll show you how I'm getting it ready to go, and how and what I'm packing. Then, when I know where I'm headed to first, I'll let you in on that, too.

Buckle up, my friends, the adventures are about to begin.

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SUNDOWN ON PLOMOSA ROAD Daily Painting #887

SUNDOWN ON PLOMOSA ROAD

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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I made quite a few runs between Quartzsite and Bouse while camping in the area recently, and this was a familiar part of returning to camp after a day's exploration photography and painting.

Today, the 16th, is Thea's birthday, and we're off to the Handlebar J to try to kick up our heels! ;~) Yahoo!

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GRAZING Daily Painting #799

GRAZING

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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We spotted these horses grazing near Abiquiu Lake on our first day out. I liked the way the foreground hill side and the tree framed the horses and made them seem even farther away.

We left Parker, Arizona late this morning, crossed the Colorado River into California and the small former settlement of Rice. Formerly a watering station on the railroad during the days of steam locomotives, then a section house for track crews, it was more recently a service station, and probably a store and cafe. Little remains of Rice, but we both enjoyed photographing what was left.

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LOADING CHUTE Daily Painting #797

 

LOADING CHUTE

Oil on Panel / 6 x 6 Inches

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What is it about loading chutes? I can never pass one without feeling an urge to paint it. Take this morning for instance. Steve and I left Taos around ten this morning, headed out on our photo journey to rescue Betsy. One of the first things we passed was this old chute, and I was pretty sure I had a subject for tonight's painting. I hope you like it.

We stopped at Bode's General Store, market, restaurant in Abiquiu for lunch, then drove through Jicarilla Apache and Navajo country, stopping occasionally to take photographs. We ended up in Winslow at the beautiful and historic La Posada just in time for a drink and a fine dinner, got our rooms, and I went to work on painting and putting together tonight's blog posts.

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