What Do Fly Fishing And Paintings Of Chapels Have In Common?

cindy barganier fly fishing

You might remember a previous post about a fabulous trip I  tagged along on when Jeff had a writing assignment in Oregon. We spent several days at Morrison’s Lodge and had our own private river guide, James Sampsel, who taught us how to fly fish and hooked me forever.

That should explain why I got very excited when a van with Oregon plates pulled into my driveway with this on the window.

cindy barganier flyfishing artist

James is also a wonderful artist who has been painting his way across the country for the last few months and last week he was “pushing paint” (as he likes to say) in our neighborhood. He drew a small crowd as he painted the boat house on Tuesday and the chapel on Wednesday.

cindy barganier paints with james sampsel


cindy barganier james sampsel 

cindy barganier pleinair art


barganier paints plein ait


james sampsel




barganier sampsel paint


james sampsel paints


plein air water painting


james sampsel paints the boathouse



james sampsel, The Waters, Al


sampsel, Barganier paint The Waters

barganier plein air artist plein air fun

james sampsel paints in Alabama

This one was snapped up before the paint could dry.

james sampsel in Alabama

In case you couldn’t tell, I was in my happy place.  It really doesn’t matter where you put me as long as you surround me with creatives.



The tools of the trade make my hands itch.


the tools of an artist


  The hands that create make me yearn to tell their story.

painting plein air


 sampsel and layla palmar

Soon we had a new twist on the sidewalk–a sale happening. Even the bark park turned out for it!

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Man! Then the paparazzi showed up. You missed it!!!

james sampsel art show

I loved his artistic take on our beloved chapel. I told him that it looked to me as though all the emotions of the various events that we have held there were bleeding through the walls and dancing on the surface for all to see… to which he replied, “whaaaaaaaaaaat?”


I just call ‘em as I see ‘em.

james sampsel paints the chapel at the waters


If you love to paint or WOULD love to paint if you knew how or just love hangin’ with folks who do, don’t miss the next post. It  might,could possibly, will contain a once in a lifetime offer just for you. …………………………….Seriously.  And the spaces are limited.


Back in a flash.

Don’t Hold Back

You  just have to love people who go all out to put a smile on the face of others, don’t you?

egg tree

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So don’t hold back………throw caution to the wind……………live large.


And have a wonderful Resurrection Day!

Vintage Campers Spotted At Auburn



When Jeff and I were at Auburn we used to love to spend our weekends hiking through these beautiful woods at Chewacla State Park in Auburn. There is a dam that forms a waterfall and people used to swim or go rock hopping. It was a great stress reliever from days on end spent drawing in studio.

Woods walking


Naturally I was intrigued when my photographer friend Robert Fouts said that he was going there last weekend for a campout with people who own vintage campers.

I had visions of old woody cars pulling these cute itsy bitsy campers behind them. I asked him if he would take some shots and share them with me since I knew his camera would be clicking away anyway. He kindly obliged. All images are his. You can see more of his work at  PhotoFouts.com or you can reach him at 334-549-1956.

vintage campout


Now don’t they just look happy to be there! Man and dog.

cindy barganier vintage campers


cindy barganier vintage campers


Oh my! How cute is this! It looks like Tybee Island on wheels.

cindy barganier turquoise vintage camper


cindy barganier turquoise vintage camper


barganier does vintage camping

Do I spy Duck Dynasty on the fridge? :)  And check out that old coffee pot. My grandmama used to call it a percolator.


vintage camping


I think this might be Robert’s but I’m not sure.

white fences, pink flamengos, vintage campers


How cute is it that they carry their own little yards/gardens with them… complete with the infamous pink flamingo.

wallpaper, banquettes and vintage campers


red,white,blue vintage camper


Something tells me this one had some Grateful Dead in its background. haha

tinware, zinnias vintage campers


camping, firestone, vintage trailer


Man! Look at that spread. We missed out.


pot luck with vintage campers


I will be the first to admit that I am not a camper but it looks like they had a great time, doesn’t it? Any ideas for a non-camping related trip we can all go on together?


Next post we catch up with an old friend who does love to camp. You just MIGHT want to know about his latest adventure. You are invited! Stay tuned.

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