Once again, I embarked on my annual pilgrimage to the Healdsburg Twilight Parade. On my way to the plaza, I encountered numerous old friends. I slipped into Dukes for a quick drink before settling down in front of Black Oak Coffee to capture the festive atmosphere. The southern light was simply breathtaking and it persisted throughout the parade. Although I had a great time, it proved to be quite a frantic endeavor with numerous moving targets. Painting, perhaps, wasn’t the best way to experience the parade, as everything seemed to blur together. I apologize to all the friends and family whom I failed to wave at—I was entirely absorbed in my work.
It was impossible to paint the parade as it was. I had to creatively combine a few floats. It was important for me to include my sister carrying the Kiwanis banner, as the organization was celebrating its 100th anniversary and had the honor of the parades vanguard. Additionally, I couldn’t resist painting Ballet Folklórico Corazón de Healdsburg; they were absolutely magnificent. I only wish I had more time to paint their beautiful vibrant dresses.
Well done Healdsburg another fantastic parade, you never fail us.
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