Mom and a World Class Artist

Last night, Dec. 26 2009, one of my boys (the one married to the beautiful Sandra introduced in “What About In-Laws?”.) took his wife, Mom and I and our friend Diana to Aspen.  Our first stop was a quaint little coffee shop called Victorias.  It was hardly a coffee shop – all the yummie-looking goodies made me want to forget about going out to dinner.  We all got our delicious coffee, quite welcome on a night hovering around O degrees in wintry Aspen, Co.

It was tricky maneuvering Mom, her coffee, our coffees, purses, etc. on slippery walkways.  She had one of us at each side holding her arm.  I was sure I would be the one going down, probably taking Mom with me.  We slowly made our way to the E.S Lawrence Gallery on Galeena (  Steve Hanks, the best watercolor realist in the world, was having a show of his most recent works.  My husband, the one first introduced in “The One Who Cares for Everyone”,  has been a director at that Gallery for 20 years.  Steve’s new pieces were awesome!  He’s trying a new (for him, anyway) technique – water color on board.  His works are so unbelievably real-looking, they seem to be photographs.  I couldn’t imagine he could get that perfection on something other than watercolor paper.  But I was wrong.  He not only managed it, but perhaps surpassed his former work.

We sat Mom in a chair, and everyone catered to her, including Steve.  The show was beautiful and very successful.  For me, it was an unusual “night on the town”.  Mom and I stay in pretty much of the time.  Unless we get over to Michael and Tammy’s, also introduced in “What About In-Laws”, who live a few blocks away.

After admiring Steve’s work and visiting with him, the Gallery owner Ken Johnson, my brother-in-law Kert who introduced Kip to selling art (both were former IBM salesmen), and some of the clients and drop-ins to the show, David rounded us up.  He loaded us all into my van (thank goodness he drove) and we headed down valley to a Mexican restaurant close to home.  We all wanted an early evening.  However, in spite of the economy, the place was packed.  But Mom got a pina colada, which kept her happy throughout the evening.  She’s such a good sport.  Sitting in that outrageously loud restaurant, with her hearing aides amplyfing everything to who knows how many decibels, she never once complained.  It took us forever to get food, but it was worth waiting for.  We didn’t get home until before eleven – Kip got here before us! 

David and Sandra, too, were great sports – picking up the tab for the entire night. 

Mom paid for the extravagent night out today.  She didn’t get up until 5 this evening.  But she’s had a good dinner and seems back to normal.  The question is, am I?

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4 Responses to “Mom and a World Class Artist”

  1. jacob koski Says:

    nice work!!!

  2. Stacey Derbinshire Says:

    I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  3. Jesse P (from OHIO) Says:

    Well done! Miss you all!

  4. dave Says:

    Sounds like my kind of night mom you, david sandra kip and ART. you should see my painting i just finsed popis like the one at davids