Today's Throwback Thursday entry is actually a series of guest posts from artist, Sommer Prosser. In it, she takes us back to the best of the Before Times. Here is part one of her Jennifer Show story.
The Jennifer Show Road Trip : Part 1
by Sommer Prosser
It's been a crazy year, hasn't it?
I was going to post about The Jennifer Show last year, but time got away from me. Eventually, it got awkward to post about a September show in December, which was how long it took me to finally get these posts mostly done. I thought maybe I'd revisit it next year? Maybe publish this for the one year anniversary instead . . . .
Did any of us have any idea what the next year would bring? Thanks, 2020.
Facebook started dropping TJS reminders a few days ago. "Hey loser, remember what having fun was like?" So, I thought - since none of us have probably traveled much since - why not go ahead and post about this adventure now? That way we could recall the "before times." You know, back when we could still do things.
I had panned to attend the first TJS show, held in September, 2016. I had an entire road trip planned around it. First, Durango, then Denver, then Santa Fe and back to Phoenix again:These 2016 travel plans were derailed by an unexpected reboot. "Spirit" the Stallion of the Cimarron was revived by Dreamworks and Netflix, to a new friendlier version with a focus on Spirit's kid companions. I spent most of that summer doing tons of sketches of new Spirit, followed by a large Classic scale sculpture of "Boomerang". I was then tasked with the final painting and hairing of nine prototypes for the Breyer catalog and an upcoming toy show. It was a good bit of commercial work, and a lot of fun to work on, but it was under tight deadlines.
|Resin prototypes, hand painted and haired. What I was doing first TJS.|
|It was actually a small army of prototypes.|
|I hand-painted matching spots on three "Boomerang" resins.|
|Early in the drive, near Flagstaff, Arizona.|
|Northeast Arizona has many roaming feral horses|
I can't blame Maggie too much for dallying, because I also got distracted at a WalMart in Cortez, CO.
We started to see more trees as we left Arizona and entered Colorado.
Eventually, we did make our way to Durango, Colorado. Durango is a picturesque little town located by the Animas River. It's a nice stopping point if you are driving to Denver from Phoenix. Driving straight through in one day is theoretically possible - it's about thirteen hours to Denver with no stops - but it's not fun. Breaking it up into two days makes it much more relaxed.
|We arrived late, no time for pics, so this is from downtown durango.org|
|Todd and Sarah Rose|
|It was too dark for us to get a stagecoach picture, but here's one from DK Wagon Rides on FB.|
|The biggest tourism draw in Durango is the historic railway.|
|The most exciting thing Maggie and I saw on our drive to Aurora|
|Random "Asian Fusion" (bonus for phrase "soft and hard") after hours of nothing-ness.|