“California, here I come right back where I started from.
Where bowers of flowers bloom in the sun.
Each morning at dawning, birdies sing an’ everything.
A sunkist miss said, “Don’t be late” that’s why I can hardly wait.
Open up that Golden Gate,
California here I come.”
(Al Jolson / Bud De Sylva / Joseph Meyer) for the 1921 Broadway musical, “Bombo”
When I was young, we used to sing that song every time we returned to California from visiting our family back East in North Cackalacky (Carolina). My dad was in the Navy, and stationed in San Diego, CA. and we traveled back and forth in our family four door station wagon; mom, dad, and five kids! Yes, it was kind of like that scene from the National Lampoon’s “Vacation” movie, where Chevy Chase asks, “What’s that smell coming from the back?” 3000 coast to coast miles in just three days, driving non-stop across the country; my mom and dad were a driving marathon tag team and we only stopped to go to the bathroom and fill up with gas! Today, families really don’t travel like that anymore, but what memories!
Well, Don might not have started in California, but that is where he is now, after logging over 10,000 miles in his van since leaving Ohio in September of 2012. Living his dream, Don has been conducting workshops during his Odyssey Journaling Tour of the United States. He has recently passed through the desert cities of the Old West, including San Luis Obispo, north to Saratoga, up to Half Moon Bay and on to Mendocino, CA. Don will continue to move into Oregon for the remainder of June and be in the most northwestern state of Washington by the 4th of July!
In the next couple of weeks, Don will stop at the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidby Island, to teach another journaling workshop. And by sheer coincidence, that just happens to be where I was born, at the Naval Air Station at Oak Harbor, Washington. Yes, I am a true Navy Brat! I won’t mention, however, just how long it has been. But, let’s just say that “Song of Silence” was a popular #1 song and that “Mick and the boys” were on the Ed Sullivan Show that year. Don has met many new people, seen many new places, and continues to have an awesome great time!
Check out some of the most recent places he has been:
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA May 30-31
SARATOGA, CA Jun. 4-6
HALF MOON BAY, CA Jun. 11-
MENDOCINO, CA Jun. 17-18-19
COOS BAY, OR Jun. 22-23
OTIS, OR Jun. 25-26
CANNON BEACH, OR Jun. 28-29
WHIDBY ISLAND, WA Jul. 8-9-10 (Monday – Wednesday) 360-678-3396 / Lisa
SPOKANE, WA Jul. 12-13 (Friday – Saturday) 330-687-2892 / Don
Here is an Interview of Don describing his tour while he visited the Kanuga Workshops in Hendersonville, NC, back in April 2013.
Here are the most recent journaling pages from Don’s travels in California and Oregon.
This study was just such a location… in San Gregorio, I found a small country store housing the local post office with a general store with a fabulous selection of books and hats – just what I need- another hat !!
Getz Tour… Part of enjoying the tour is driving down country roads to discover locations that stir my interest. This does not happen when you fly, unless you pilot your own plane and I have had artist friends who did that. Thank goodness, I enjoy driving!
Getz Tour… this church is now connected with the United Methodist Church, tony way of thinking, it looks to carry design traits of Greek Orthadox.
Getz Tour… all I need are three or four days in Mendocino and life is great!… This coastal town is my idea of a location where I could really enjoy living… all good points; no snow, along the ocean, a very busy art center and no heavy traffic…
Getz Tour… and we find ourselves in the state of Oregon… First time for yours truly… I. remember the first time that Ohio artist Marc Moon was here, he painted coastal Oregon for weeks on end. I am likewise impressed! … But accept the rain, as …
If you are interested in participating in one of the remaining workshops of the tour, here is the contact information. You can always call Don Getz at 216-299 5324, to sign up. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m sure he would be glad to hear from you! You can also see more journaling pages on Don’s Blogsite at http://getzwctour.blogspot.com/ . The site is updated frequently for the most current news from Don on the road!
Cannon Beach, June 27-28, call Don Getz, 216-299-5324 .
Whidby Island, WA, July 8-10 call Lisa @ 360-678-3396.
Butte, MT , July 17-19. call Don Getz @ 216-299-5324.
West. Yellowstone, July 22-24 & Grand Tetons, July 25-26, email Joanne @ email@example.com.
Cody, WY, July 29-30, call Don Getz @ 216-299-5334.
Saugatuck,MI, August 21-22, call Brigitte @ 269-683-7634.
Van Wert, OH, Aug. 27-28, call Hope @ Wassenberg Art Center, 419-238-6837.
All sessions are $ 100 per day, per person. Call Don for more information at 216-299-5324.
DON’S CURRENT BASIC SUPPLY LIST- Really, all you need to get started Journaling!
NEW KILIMANJARO 12X9 PAINTBOOK - with 300lb cover!- The KM paintbook was a great idea even before we added the 300lb. custom cover! With 20 sheets of 140lb. cold pressed Professional Kilimanjaro watercolor paper and 20 sheets of 70lb. sketch paper in between, you have everything you need in a spiral bound journal. Now, the extra 300lb. cover sheet allows you to create a custom cover for every trip location or journal subject you might have! Travel journaling has never been easier! Three great sizes to choose from!12×9 landscape (Don’s Favorite!), 10x 5.5 landscape (very portable), and 9×12 portrait.
AMERICAN JOURNEY WATERCOLOR SKETCHBOOK- This is Don’s Go To Sketchbook. He has been using this watercolor sketchbook for years with great results.
AMERICAN JOURNEY WATERCOLORS- Burnt Sienna, Olive Green, Alizarin Crimson, Sour Lemon, Cadmium Orange, Apricot, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet, Getz Gray (Don’s Own Color!), Quin Gold, Perm Magenta, Passionate Purple, French Gray, Green Gold, Mint Julep, Naples Yellow, Sky Blue, Permanent Rose, Earthen Green, Quin Burnt Orange, Quin Violet, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue,Skip’s Green, Titanium white, Periwinkle, and Cadmium Red Medium.
ALVIN HERITAGE 24 WELL TRAVEL PALETTE- Don likes this palette for travel because it has a rubber gasket around the edge to seal the paint inside. This prevents leakage and keeps the wet paint moist longer. This palette has removable mixing trays for easy cleaning. Closed, it measures 12 1/2″ x 6″ x 1″, Open it measures 12 1/2 by 12″ with 24 wells for carrying lots of great pigments to all of those great journaling locations!
GOLDEN FLEECE TRAVEL BRUSHES- These travel brush sets will be sufficient for all of your journaling needs. Taking up very little space in your kit. The Golden Fleece Brushes are the Best Brush for your Buck!
CHEAP JOE’S VALUE FINDER- Although, not a complete necessity, this tool helps you to identify values that aid in creating a stronger composition and a more accurate value study. The value finder will neutralize color into values and also allow you to see the overall basic shapes of your scene before you create your contour drawing.
SAKURA MICRON PENS- Don uses these pens to get the much needed fine detail in his sketches. He prefers the .01 pen tip for the finest lines possible. The waterproof, permanent and archival ink will provide long lasting performance! This 3 pen set includes the .01,.03, and .05 sizes all in one package, giving you a variety of tip sizes to choose from at a really great price!
Don only has three months left on the agenda of his nationwide journaling tour, which he will wrap up on September 9, 2013 at Hudson, Ohio. He then hopes to compile all of the various travel sketches in a special Odyssey US Journal book, complete with all of the wonderful experiences and stories he has to tell of his travels. During his tour, Don has also been scouting for a new home to hang the many new hats he has acquired along his journey. He is looking for a place to relax and recount the many adventures he has had. I know he will find the perfect place from all of the cities and states he has visited. With the tour winding down, don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of this great adventure. If you are in any of the remaining areas, do hesitate to sign up, now!
As Don is finding out every day he spends out on the open road, Life Is An Adventure! It is a gift. We should all be out there living our dreams and experiencing all of the wonderful things we can. If you have a dream, a wish, a desire to travel, sing, paint, or whatever! Don’t wait! Go for it. Get out there and Live! And even if you can’t just drop everything and run away, then, at least have a little adventure everyday. Draw, Paint, Create your dreams and wishes. Share them with others, and pass on your passion! You have the Freedom and ability to do anything you want. Celebrate your ART freedom today!
Safe Travels to Don and to everyone during the upcoming Fourth of July Holiday!
Have a Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday, America!
and Happy Birthday to Me!
Keep your brushes wet and your Travel Journals full!