Thursday, October 22, 2015

Roadside Art RV Update

Wow. RV's are very complicated! We have so much to learn. Top priorities are house batteries and tires. They are very expensive items. We are having John Fort (no relation) put his mechanics to work looking it over. We do know that all the major components work! That's big! May have to rethink living in it during the winter, according to our new bible, the owner's manual. 

The first thing to be eliminated will be the W'04 sticker! Lol. Even if it takes the paint off, it's gone. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Our New Home

Soon Brian and I will be making a big move to a small place, from which we hope to see big spaces and beautiful places. For the next six months we will be stationary, but we will be preparing for a nomadic life that will begin next spring. We will spend time getting accustomed to our new home, finding out what works and what needs repaired. We will be tying up loose ends and planning our voyage. I will be working on a website and marketing strategies for my new Painting Roadsides career, while Brian continues his regular job and figures out how all the systems work in our "vintage" dwelling. We both have a lot to work on, but we are excited to be advancing toward our adventure!

Any Journey Begins with a Single Step

Friday, March 20, 2015

New Work - A Time of Discovery

I'm hoping I can continue this blog after I'm on the road as a full-time nomadic painter, but for now I will concentrate on the work I have done in the past year, a time of discovery. 

Two panels I painted.  They can be seen on the Cleveland Zoo Carousel.   
After six years of painting mostly nature/wildlife photo-realistically, I found it difficult to start painting without reference photos as subject matter.  While painting from photographic images under time constraints enhanced my skills in many ways, I became handicapped by my dependance on photo sources. More importantly, I was bored and felt more like an illustrator than a fine artist.
By keeping a journal and asking myself what I really wanted to express, and doing a lot of searching and reading, I feel that I can now climb out of what was comfortable and step out into an odd balance of bravery and vulnerability. This process of leaving six years of painting behind has taken almost a year! I have kept the skills I learned but have abandoned the crutches.

Emerging from Nature    

I have always been drawn to patterns, textures and forms in nature, but I wanted to find a way to be more expressive and evocative. I am focusing more on the process of painting, making the experience more exciting and satisfying for me. No longer required to paint nature realistically, I started thinking more about symbolism and fantasy in my work, which allowed me to paint from within myself. In these paintings, I haven't let go of realism but have begun to add strokes and shapes that feel like they come from within myself. 
On the Wind. On display at Artspace 109 Gallery, 106 N Main St, Mansfield, OH.