I drove to Las Vegas, Nevada (It was 113°) and checked into my hotel on the northern end of the strip. I had reserved a ticket for "Million Dollar Quartet," and dinner. It was very entertaining, and the music was wonderful. The next morning, I got up very early and drove through Death Valley while it was "cool," and then on to June Lake, California, where our group gathered from all over the world to learn from Jeremy Lipking.
A week later, I had the pleasure of attending an unveling of a portrait of former Presiding Judge Carlos Chappelle in the Tulsa County Courthouse. Associate District Judge Dana Kuehn, my neice, commissioned me to paint the portrait. I drew a charcoal portrait of him as a study for the painting, and they liked it so much they gave it to the family that morning. The courtroom was packed with judges in their robes, lawyers, clerks, friends and family. I received many lovely comments about the artwork from nearly everyone in the courtroom. The next day, my nephew was married before family and a few friends in Tulsa, by Judge Kuehn.
I have been immersed in art like never before. I have been working on my website this week, and will begin several projects I have in mind. The summer of 2016 is only half over—I hope the second half is just as eventful.