You pack up your house and head out on a two-week drive across country. You picture highways – wrong! This journey includes side trips and two lane roads.
Route 66 with 1950 motels!
Good, now you have a vivid idea of how my husband and I travel. Oh…and we aren’t in a fancy car, we are in our “stealth-mobile”… a Ford Taurus. Can’t you just picture us seeing Ford dealerships across country – you bet your sweet bippie we do see them! And, we are comforted knowing that a tow from the middle of nowhere will land us only a few miles from where we have broken down. Yeah Ford!
Our trips allow us to have wonderful opportunities visiting friends and families and for stopping anywhere we would like to snap another photo, explore a sculpture along the highway, and/or to detour into a small town to see what is going on. Often we chat with folks along the route and they give us suggestions like the Crystal Bridges Art Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas (thank you Pat Forrest!). Pat’s recommendation had us make a big detour to head to this beautifully designed and graciously landscaped museum, which was created by a branch of the Walton (Wal-Mart) family. Many of the artists who make up the Stuart Collection on the UCSD campus are included in their permanent collection. (It is inevitably very rewarding when we make serendipitous discoveries such as this that connect us with our art appreciation or our automotive pleasures, and especially to La Jolla!)
So why do I start from this vantage point….
Well…simply because my inspirations are real life experiences that are generated on these road trips or from my making general observations. For instance, when I get the dog out in the quiet of the morning, I suddenly have a moment to glance at what is in front of me…and ta-da!…into a composition goes a new-found object!
My voice is consistent, now…I am feeling more confident. I love acknowledging that life has taught me many lessons, and I continue to believe our next road trip will offer even more influences on my art. They always seem to...