Well, I guess this is "Das Vee Danya!" I leave in just under a week to travel to Russia with my mother for a celebratory birthday. We will be in St Petersburg, where we hope to soak up as much art and culture as we possibly can while we are there. I have attempted to learn a bit of the language-- to practically no avail. Mostly what I can say in Russian amounts to: I don't speak any Russian. I am American. Which will come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone who speaks to me!
But I am loading up my cameras, expecting to take tons of photos which I hope will become the basis for future paintings. Or I may freeze altogether in the presence of such grandeur. We will see. Either way, it will be an unforgettable experience, and I can hardly wait.