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Palm Springs Oasis RV Resort, CA


Friday in Washington, things we're still a bit too frozen to leave, plus it was black Friday and I would have gotten caught in traffic. So I decided to leave Saturday. I left at 6:30 AM. On the way out my tires skidded on some ice and I discovered that I had anti-lock brakes. Worked well.

If someone would have said to me, "John, why don't you just drive straight on through to Palm Springs, don't take any rest stops, and just stop for gas"... I would have said that it is a reckless and unhealthy thing to do. But I did it. When I got into Palm springs 5:30 AM the next morning, I was perfectly comfortable, relaxed and had no fatigue. As I kept driving, and feeling fine, I figured, "Well, let's just keep driving and see what happens." I had to stop every time my tank ran low on $75 worth of gas. Those stops synced with me having to use my toilet. I listened to my website's text-to-speech all the way and enjoyed that immensely. Maybe that prevented the fatigue. I got a few hours sleep and feel just fine now in the afternoon.

Anyway, this pool here is in the high 80's and the second larger pool is slightly cooler. It's like I'm on another planet – weather wise.
In some ways this place reminds me of Las Vegas, but of course not so flashy. I signed up for a month here to start.

I'll take more pics later.

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After working a while with the airbrush at my painting workstation and doing more research on how I may distribute my paintings to galleries or a representative, I decided that working totally digital is the only way to go. With the recent advancements in a printing on canvas technology called gliclee (pronounced glee-clay), one can hardly tell the difference between an original painting on canvas and these prints on canvas. The advantages are many. I can make my works more accessible to many at a reduced price. But the main advantage for me is the difference between working on an old typewriter versus a modern word processor. I love to constantly edit and refine. In the Photoshop software, changes are completely open. If I want to change something, I just open a new layer, or rework the original layer.
The printers want a high-resolution image file. So at 200 dots per inch, and with all my layers, a 24X36 inch painting could run as much as a gigabyte in file size. So I installed 16 gigs of RAM in my Imac.
I also dismantled my workstation which was in front or the RV, and re-assembled it for digital:


I mounted my stylus tablet on the painting board, put it on a slide-outs, and mounted the whole thing on the queen bed. This is tricky because I need to change the sheet. So I mounted two 5/8 inch 6 inch pipes on floor flanges under the 6 inch mattress. I cut into the foam underneath and inserted the pipes, so that the table legs rest on a solid surface even though they are on top of the mattress. I have 2 inches of memory foam on top of the mattress, so it squishes down a bit, but the legs are still resting firm. The table is hinged to the wall, so that it flips up when I need to change the sheet.


That's the same leg that was on the previous table in front of my chair. I just cut it to fit. It traveled this way from Washington to Palm Springs and held in place perfectly.


This is a drawer slide-out mounted oak runners. I can sit back on my mattress and it slides out for a comfortable reach. With a pillow and lumbar support pad, I'm very comfortable working. My legs can stretch out underneath to the wall if I want. Here, necessity was the mother of invention. I've gotten a lot of ideas about fun things to paint, so my travel-tourist-time will be significantly lessened in favor of a professional creative endeavor.

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Ahhhh, sitting in the shade, 75 degrees. I swear that pool is 90 degrees. Haven't been out sight-seeing too much. At the end of my month, I may venture out to Universal Studios and Disneyland, since Los Angeles is just over the mountains. I gave the RV a good cleaning inside and out. If you look in the picture above you'll see a brown circle on the pavement around my front tire. A lot of dirt came off. Went to the local RV parts store and tuned things up a bit. Also visited an RV dealer to get some ideas about an upgrade in the future. I'll probably do an elegant bus-like coach like those two in the background. Trailers make me feel a bit to "trailer-trash."

Of course they need my Beaux-arts re-decorating touch :)

Here is an interesting solution to towing a vehicle. This is a 40 foot bus.
It will hold a Porsche 911:



You just drive on the platform and up and in it goes.

The Mary Picford Theater and Imax Theater are a block away, so I've also been catching up on a few movies. I liked the new Disney "Tangled." The background digital landscapes were done quite well.

I'm blocking in flesh tones on my painting, and will fine-tune them. I came across a classical painting from a web-search that had the best example of flesh tones I've seen. Here is a leg:

I won't do such deep reds in the warm spots, and I'm pushing the translucency.

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A must see: Alaska terrain 15 minutes from downtown Palm Springs.
What a surprise. I took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Snow and terrain which they said was like Alaska. It was 53 degrees and the sun was shining. They have hiking trails that go on forever. You get up to the top of the mountain range and a valley opens up like a Shangri-La.


...well, maybe not exactly this. :)

Anyway, you take the tram:

The car revolves 2 1/2 times on the way up so that you get a 360 view.
"Ascend two and one half miles to a pristine wilderness. The world's largest rotating tramcars carry visitors from an elevation of 2,643 feet to a Mountain Station located at the 8,516-foot level of Mt San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. It has the steepest vertical cable rise in the U.S. and the second steepest in the world. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is truly one of the greatest experiences in Southern California."


Looking down – Palm Springs on the right.






Washington deja view.

Just enough snow.

They have a full-fledged restaurant up top so I had lunch. Here is the view:

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On a trip to Home Depot today, I stopped by the local cemetery as I heard that some famous people were buried there.

Somehow I expected more of a monument to Frank, but I guess contemporary culture is embarrassed about anything that might suggest monumentalism.

His compound is a mile East of me. Anyone can rent it for $3000 a night, minimum 3 nights.
On rock and roll music, he lambasted it as, "Sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons. It manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth... this kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people."

 


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