It's always good to find inspiring places while on the road. One of my favorite places to visit is the Ringling Museum. It has a little bit of everything art-wise. Home of the James Turrell Skyspace : Josephs Coat. Beautiful buildings. Ca' d'Zan (the John and Mable Ringling's Venetian-style mansion) overlooks the bay. Sprawling lawns, towering banyan trees. And it's *FREE* on Mondays!
While suffering from cabin fever this past December, I decided to flip through photos from last January's trip to Sarasota, FL. I was in the area participating in a handful of art festivals (and being a bit of a beach bum).
One of my favorite exploring days (ever), was a walk to Greer Island (aka "Beer Can Island") on the northern tip of Longboat Key with my Mom. The mint water of the Gulf of Mexico crashes into a driftwood maze of sorts. We stumbled on fellow beach combers, picnicking couples, fishermen. I found my lucky sand dollar.
But my favorite part, were the royal terns on the walk back. Royal terns aren't prevalent in NY. They're like seagulls, but much bigger jerks (guard your PB&J). Strong personalities + severe features make them really fun to watch.
ANYWAY. Painting these were fun and helped remedy cabin fever. Hope they make someone else smile, too.
2017 at a glance :
_ 39 art festivals
_ 6 states
_ tons of name tag selfies
_ oppressive heat
_ snow (in FL)
_ early mornings
_ gloriously long drives
_ tear-down sunsets
_ new art show amigos
_ familiar art show faces
_ loyal collectors
_ brand new collectors
_ one bicycle casualty
_ one new furry studio assistant
_ found my favorite person
_ one pooper scooper rescue mission
_ inspiration galore
_ tasty meals all over the east coast
_ like, LOTS of laughs
_ explored a ton of beach towns
_ 2 tattoos
_ became an audiobook & airbnb expert
_ Ryobi fan worshipping
_ are you still even reading this? I can go on..
<<< YES that does say 39 festivals, in 6 states. In 2017, I had both my BEST SHOW EVER and my worst show(s) ever in 8 years as an art festival artist. I'm learning where "my people" are and where they are not.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by my booth. It can be rough putting yourself on display... OR as I like to say, "Standing on street corners, peddling paintings of crustaceans to the strangers." BUT those stop-in-your-tracks, toothy-smile, grab-your-friend, look-at-THIS-artwork moments make it worth it.
I make happy, whimsical, sometimes-goofy artwork about things that I love. I get to go to places I love, find new places to love, and share my artwork with people who share the same loves.
Looking forward to seeing "my people" on the road in 2018.