Thursday, January 15, 2009

A very long day...

4 PM Saturday afternoon on our way to Hong Kong. Settled in with champagne, Perrier and my small take everywhere sketch journal. It was 85° when we left Bali.


4 hour layover in Hong Kong. We did not take off until way after midnight. I had no idea what the temperature was there, but people are wearing parkas and I was still in my flip-flops. 


This was the 10 hour leg of our trip home—Hong Kong to Vancouver. It was very late and most people were asleep. By this time, I had lost all control of the time of day and meals, which gets brushing my teeth all mixed up, so I brushed a lot. It was quite dark in the cabin so it was hard for me to see the paint colors. That's why my hands and knees are orange...

After a two hour lay over in Vancouver it was another 4 1/2 hours to JFK...

We arrive d at JFK at 6 AM to find snow, cancelations and long lines at the airline counters. After a few calls, we eventually got on a plane to Maine. 32 hours later we were back in Portland where it was 15° and the temperature was falling.

19 comments:

Pippa said...

Your dedication to sketching is amazing, Jennifer.

Me? I would probably have stuck my nose in a book, or a hanky. =) Flying ~ and especially delays ~ and even more especially pulling up roots and moving, always unbalance me.

Good luck with adapting to different climes. Your Bali sketches have been fascinating and absolutely beautiful!

(: Pippa
Pippa's Porch

Shirley said...

These are great journal pages. Glad you're home safely. I will miss your Bali paintings and hope that you will continue to share from Maine and especially when you return to Bali in the spring.

laura said...

Wow, what an odyssey! Your journal pages are wonderful; a great example of making something of whatever you see. I look forward to seeing what you make of Maine! ;-)

Spinneretta said...

Fantastic record- at least you had something to occupy you! Sorry you left 86 degrees and landed back in the cold here- we're going through a cold snap, although I hear Maine has been cold for weeks (no surprise there right? ;))

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Holy cow, Miss Jennifer, glad you're home safe--what a travel ordeal! I love the sketches though, and you won't soon forget. Parkas vs. flip-flops, BRRR!! And I've done some of those orange-people sketches at night, myself.

I'll be glad to see the beautiful Maine sketches again too, but OH I enjoyed your sojourn in Bali...

Barbara Weeks said...

Welcome back stateside! Loved the Bali sketches-thanks for taking us all along.

Anita Davies said...

I do hope that all of this beautiful work you've been posting recently means that my Maruman is fast approaching the UK. (Fingers crossed!)

Safe journey 'home'

Sharon said...

Oh my, what a trip! Welcome home, hope your toes didn't get frozen. I too, admire your journaling dedication!

john.p said...

Welcome home! Nice documentation of the travel saga. Your loosing track of time reminds me of the wife and my Amtrak trip from Chicago to Glacier National Park, a 30-hour trip in July. Lost track of time and meals. I, too, brushed teeth as a small way of waking up and feeling clean(er).

Knitting Painter Woman said...

Glad you are home. Hope you are warm. No flip flops in Portland. I knew it was cold when the TV person in MN said that it would be 100 degrees warmer in her refrigerator than it was outside. Brrrrrr.

Sandy said...

Oh Welcome home to the FROZen Tundra!!!!

A Brush with Color said...

Oh, man--sounds like a pretty eventful journey, Jennifer! Glad you're home safely, but think of the wonderful memories of Bali you'll now have. I have really enjoyed the ride you've taken us on myself. (Feel free to use any of those bird photos, incidentally--of course!) I love your journal entries here.

Margaret Ann said...

That was a pretty fancy travel accomodation girl! I bet it was well appreciated on the longest leg of your travels...Whew! Loved your last Bali sketch...welcome back!

alissa said...

I like your drawings Jennifer. It is lovely to see someone's interpretation of airports/airplanes when they are travelling. Some much time is spent in them and it seem a shame not to spend the time drawing. (unless you are sleep deprived, jetlagged etc)

"JeanneG" said...

Very interesting blog. I have spent over an hour and still didn't read thru it all. I will be back. Don't know how you could leave the states and your dog behind but enjoy the adventure.

rrARTz said...

i really enjoyed following your adventure in bali and look forward to the continuation in the spring.

caseytoussaint said...

Jennifer, I have thoroughly enjoyed your time in Bali. Your sketches and stories about everyday life there have been wonderful - a great escape from the gray, cold winter we've been having here in France.
I'm sorry that your trip home wasn't easier - and I hope you had some snow boots to put on when you arrived!

Jennifer Lawson said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments about my journal pages both in Bali and in the air . I still haven't quite recovered from the jet lag of a 12 hour difference in time. Sleepy during the day and awake at night. It is so cold and gray here in Maine that I'm having trouble getting inspired to sketch. Back to Bali in March and my journey will continue. Thanks again for the encouragement.

Lili said...

I LOVE these!