To get from Edmonton to Ottawa for my current Artist Residency at the Ottawa School of Art, my partner and I took a week to drive across the the country via the States, visiting friends and family along the way. These are some drawings from that late-summer journey.
Driving though Saskatchewan offered an expected flat landscape with the occasional grain elevator. Those, and the sky, provided us with the majority of our entertainment. There’s really nothing quite like gazing at the clouds on the prairies. In St. Paul Minnesota we got to spend the night in the home of Winona, the sweetest, tiniest black cat hostess. In North Dakota It went from flat to hilly. Is it creepy, or delightful, to be told to smile by a roadside sign? It was certainly a welcome change from the anti-choice propaganda we saw all over ND, Minnesota & Wisconsin. Now that was creepy. There was so much beauty we got to witness in the skies all across the canadian prairies & American midwest. A beautiful moment in Valley City ND.It’s a quiet but pretty place. They also have this amazingly charming self-serve cafe and arts centre that operates on the honour system. It’s called The Vault. I’m Serious! Look it up! We were so lucky to have lots of friends and family on our route, including a number of animal companions who welcomed us into their homes. Here’s Mocha, from Weyburn Saskatchewan. Detroit Border. Canada up ahead, USA in the mirror behind, but we all look up at the same sky. We were so lucky to catch the 10th annual Fly Honey Show in Chicago. It was an amazing, body & sex-positive, gender-equality and self-love promoting evening! The energy was contagious. Thanks so much to Lisa & Meg for taking us to the show. Spotted as we headed out of Chicago.