As a homebody/hermit, I am perfectly content to hang out in the studio all day, but there are times when getting away from the work pressures, giving your hands and mind a break and having new experiences are just what you need to recharge your creativity and get a new view of the world. My most recent adventure took place in snowy Colorado and was highlighted by some time with my eldest nephews. Their energy and enthusiasm is refreshing and enjoyable, plus the younger of the two is super fun to watch shredding up the Keystone Terrain Park on his snowboard! I also had the pleasant opportunity to visit a friend whose infectious passion for art has resulted in an extensive art collection, which includes a few of my paintings. Beyond collecting current artist's works, he also rescues abandoned paintings from various doomed paths. Then the art collector transforms into an art detective as he takes information available on the piece, which may only be the signature, and attempts to uncover the story behind the work. A garage sale "find" connected him to the relatives of a deceased female Morman landscape painter and a thrift store score gave the children of the painter the opportunity to see an early portrait of their Mother posed next to the Grand Canyon on her honeymoon. As a frequent Thrifter, I have seen hundreds of original paintings stacked and abused, which makes me wonder about my past works. Are they treasured by someone or thrown in the trash? The debate on what to do with old paintings could be a blog post in itself, but if you ask George, "You never throw away a painting!" Those marks on canvas could change someone's view of the world.