Utah to Costa Rica and back
November 2018 – February 2019
It was great to get back to sunny Costa Rica. We had a busy season at the Inn in New York, so it was time for a change, time to relax and enjoy the laid back style of Costa Rica. I also look forward to the warmer weather. November in Costa Rica is still raining, but less each day. (By the way, it is not cold when it rains.) The mornings are beautiful; blue skies, puffy clouds and lots of sun. The temperature is constant all year; 85 degrees in the day, 75 at night.
This trip I got some great shots of some really cool birds. The one to the right is the Masked Tyra. I had been trying to get a photo for a while, so was thrilled to capture this one. The birds below are regular visitors to the property. I took all of these from the deck of the house.
I stayed the full length of the allowed visa (90 days), returned to Utah for a short visit, then returned in March for another month. Long stays have become the norm for me. There is no other way to immerse, learn and get into the rhythm of a place.
Paintings inspired by Costa Rica
Utah, New York, Utah, New York
April to October 2019
I landed in Utah to see friends and family, read my mail, get my hair done and see a glimpse of spring. The first spring buds were just emerging, so I headed out to paint this small piece; ‘First Green’, 8″ x 10″. Standing in a pasture always rejuvenates me. Ahhhh…..
Now off to Upstate New York. This time, in order to arrive early, I flew in. My grandson, John, had a very special engagement in Los Angeles. My daughter arranged for him to meet the Irwin Family at their annual gala event for the Austrailia Zoo. John is a huge fan of Steve Irwin, and an avid snake hunter. I flew back later to get my car. By mid-May, I was settled in at the Inn in New York and ready for the season. I made it a point to go out once a week as weather permitted. I joined the art group to paint every other week. Below are a few paintings from the summer. After Labor Day, a small group of painters spent 4 days in the Adirondaks near Old Forge. It was a wonderful! There was even a National watercolor exhibit showing while we were there.
October arrived and it was time to say goodbye to New York. We sold the Inn mid-season and stayed on to complete it for the new owners. I am so grateful to the Inn and all those we served and worked with. It was an amazing experience. Upstate New York is truly a beautiful area. The vacationing guests were a joy and pleasure to meet. Waterfalls, large farms, lakes and beautiful State Parks are painters heaven. I do hope to return one day and really be a tourist!
I made a fast trip back to Utah in order to prepare to be in Costa Rica for 2 and 1/2 months. I didn’t stop to paint, but did stop at Letchworth State Park, New York and a small museum in Cozad, Nebraska, The Robert Henri Museum. It was treat! I had stopped twice before as I drove back and forth between Utah and New York, only to find it closed each time. This time, they would have been closed for the season, but, luck was in my favor, they were having a special event the very day I stopped. I was treated to a guided tour of the Henri home and gallery. Myself and other guests were enriched by the curator, who spoke about the gallery filled with original paintings and drawings by Robert Henri! So cool! I studied him in art history. My favorites were the drawings. Check out this YouTube video. If you are ever going through Cozad, Nebraska, it is worth the stop.
October is rainy in Costa Rica, November the rains lessen and everything is lush and beautiful! The clouds make for beautiful sunsets and you have the beaches to yourself.
Home for the Holiday
I timed this trip so I would be home for Christmas. I had not spent the Christmas holiday with family in 4 years. The weather was thankfully mild. It is a physical challenge coming from the tropics with very high humidity and warm temperatures to the ultra dry and cold of the West. I shrivel up before the plane lands and my hair goes straight and flighty.
Time went quickly, there was shopping, wrapping, visiting, eating and before I knew it, the holiday had past and the time came to return to Costa Rica for the remaining of the winter. Life is great! Hasta Luego! 2019. See you soon.