It is that time of year where I load my family, our bikes and backpacking gear, and more art supplies than you can imagine and head to New Mexico. I will arrive to the sunshine, and the sunsets, the trails and rattlers. I will arrive to friends old and new, and together we will grow, and learn and experience the magic of the painted desert.

I will arrive to unpack our belongings in our home away from home, a small campground at my favorite end of the ranch. This little trailer belongs to our dear friends Tom and Eddie, they are an important part of our little camp. I know that after a long day Tom will be waiting with his arms to give me a big bear hug (and maybe a cold beer). I know that if I hear their camper door open and close twice in close succession around 5am that someone got up because nature was calling, and went back for a camera to capture the sunrise. The double camper door has become my alarm to fireman my way out of bed to plein air paint the sunrise.

I suppose we are all packing up to head to the Ranch to create our gypsy village for the summer. Travel safe dear friends old and new.

I did this painting from a photo my dear friend Jodi took.

4 thoughts on “Upper Camp

  1. Julie, I love your writing almost as much as your art! Safe travels and fun summer to you and the family. I look forward to a summer of wonderful new paintings arriving in my email inbox!

  2. Ditto to the above comment! Hope to see you (and Tom and Eddie) in July – I’ll get two weeks there this summer!

  3. Ok you’ve mad me cry again. Just beautiful. Can’t wait to see you at the hood.

    Sent from my iPad.

    Eddie Nichols


  4. I recognized Tom and Eddie’s Casita before I read your comments. Thanks for this wonderful reminder and see you in a month. I can’t wait.

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