Painting in progress: “Subterranean Omniscience”

This is the first stages of a painting I am doing for my Polish friend, Anna.  The painting is 70 x 100cm (28 x 40 in).


When it’s done, I’ll have to drag it halfway across Europe in order to deliver it to her.   I’m hitchhiking as much as I can get away with to save money.

Maybe the cars will be more willing to stop for me if I’m carrying an interesting piece of art.   Do you think so?

Poll: Chernobyl or not to Chernobyl? That is the question.

After vainly attempting to get a visa out of  the evil Russian consul in Ljubljana, I have given up my hope of going to St. Petersburg, Russia for my birthday in late May.  So I’m going to the Ukraine, a country I haven’t seen before.

Chernobyl control room

Chernobyl  Nuclear Power Plant Control Room

I’m going the cheapest way possible through Krakow, to Polish border, then from Lvov to Kiev.  Maybe I will stop in Odessa on the way back, but I don’t think I have time to see the Crimea.  I’d better hurry if I want to get out of there before the Eurocup hordes descend on the place.

Anyway, in Kiev I’ll have the opportunity to tour Chernobyl for a day.  It’s supposed to be very interesting, but at nearly $200, very very expensive for a starving artist like me.  To give you perspective:  I travel on an absolute shoestring, and I’ll be spending less than $200 on the whole rest of the trip.  But this may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

I leave it to you, internet:

Should I go?  Or not?