My Mom is going to hate this post but here goes. It’s been a dream of mine for many years to take off into the unknown and paint. I’m not sure what that means other than letting go of everything that feels safe and sound and getting in a car/RV and get painting.
Two years ago my mom and I drove from Portland to Albuquerque in my minivan. We hit some of the most incredible spots in the West; Arches National Park, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Monterrey just to name a few. It was amazing but way, way too short. So many of the places I wanted to stay for a couple weeks and really paint and soak in. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the states to teach workshops, but rarely do I really get to linger in one place to get the flavor and feel enough to get a connection to paint a place well.
I’m not getting any younger, but I’m getting braver! So I am hatching a plan with a friend to venture out on an extended trip. Rent or buy a suitable RV, fill up on canvas, paper, paint and pastels. He will need other gear, but that’s over my paygrade as it involves big cameras and lenses. He is only game so far, so I’ll go solo for most of my journey as I see it. But, I know that there are a lot of badass women painters out there to join up with!
I’ve been totally inspired by some other painters, like Aaron Schuerr and Mitch Baird. I think it’s easier for men, (sorry but it’s true for me), to think about venturing out on extended trips. Ladies, prove me wrong please!
Calling all badass lady painters, past students with a room to share for a night in exchange for a lesson, a small painting or just a good conversation about painting! I’m coming your way! My plan is to start in Portland, end up on the east coast after about 4 months then hop on a plane to Italy and spend another 3 months in Europe or other! Now that sounds exciting!
If you want to have me teach a workshop in your area in 2021 contact me!
If you want to hang out and paint some cool stuff, contact me!
If have have ideas about beautiful painting locations that I should definitely see, contact me!
This is all in an embryonic state, and I want to plan well. All ideas are welcome and appreciated!