Yes, I know I’ve not been updating my blog as frequently as I would like. In addition to traveling, I’ve had a few computer problems which are hopefully finally fixed. What I have found is that I have crowded way too much into our little 19′ van. It’s hard to get to all my art supplies as I stuffed everything I could into every little nook I could find.
This has been our home for the past two and a half months. This is overlooking the Columbia River Gorge just outside of Portland, Oregon.
This is our little home (above). We’re loving the traveling and hope to work to reduce the amount of unnecessary items.
And FIY “home” was written with a brush in black on white paper, photographed and changed into white in Photoshop, then layered on top of the photo.
The past three weeks have been jam packed with packing, reduction and letting go of ever so many things I never imagined I could give up. But, it’s for a good cause. I’ll be renting my house out for a few years and traveling. I have a place to stay for the winter months in Arizona. I’ll come back to Ashland for the summer. And in between, I plan to travel the U.S.
It was even hard to let go of this failed necklace made from circles punched from Sunday comics. It failed because the newsprint rubbed off on my skin.
I’ve sold most of my furniture. Letting go of it was hard, but not as hard as it’s been to let go of paper and art supplies. I gave many car loads of art supplies to my friend, Cynthia, who has promised to find good homes for all of it. My two drafting tables went to be sold at a shop whose profits go to our local Hospice.
I gave the framed original for these Happy Valentine’s Day cards to our clubhouse to be used for Valentine’s Day decoration.
On Friday I hope to head out for Arizona and Kansas for a month. I realize this is the wrong time of year for that, but Paul has a couple of family reunions in Kansas and I want to drop off some of my art supplies in Arizona where we will be spending some time this winter.
Paper flowers with some of my vintage buttons didn’t make the cut. I figured it would be easy to make more at a later date.
So, no art has been done lately. My home studio looks barren. My display shelves are empty. I still have my studio at the Ashland Art Center. I will be working there when I’m in Ashland and I’ve added a couple of other artists who will work there while I’m traveling.
I spent untold hours punching and stringing circles from the Sunday comics. My intent was to make a necklace. Now I’ve let them go, which I should have done long ago since the newsprint stains skin.
It will be interesting to see what paper art I do and what paper art I find on my travels.
Happy trails, Candy