Switching Gears

WATER WORLD

“Water World” In a private collection

Today is one of those days when I start “Switching Gears”, wrapping up all my projects, that are due now and planning for the week ahead’s media for a marketing blitz.  Then packing and planning for my road trip to the Central Coast of California starting next week.

It always takes me a few days to switch gears…  Frankly it is hard for me to leave the studio. It really is my sanctuary and a place I love to be.  It is my creative space, meditation space, growing space, and retreat. It is where I self-actualize, move from one thought to the next, place one stroke and then another on canvas creating my story.

Road Tripping is a way to gather more inspiration to bring back to my studio; to constantly keep my flow going and to stop the blocks that hit me as a sledge-hammer hits a brick.  So it is time to switch gears, move forward and seek some down time.  Down time to me is seeking the ocean, feeding the gulls, dinning on fresh fish, sipping my favorite wines and visiting old friends.

After a long trek through the deserts of Arizona and California, my first stop will be at Hadley’s.  Here is where I replenish my supply of nuts and the sweet dates that grow in the Coachella Valley, below the towering mountain of San Jacinto.  The wind blasts the hot air captured by the giant arms that whirl along the highway, and I will need a drink to quench my thirst.

As we drive up California Route 101 after the smog and grit of LA, I will switch gears again.  That first waft of salt air and the feel of moisture that gently pats my cheek and caresses me with a kiss, signals it’s time to let go.  The ocean will come into view and the green rolling hills of the Central Coast will beacon to come further and I will have reached my inspiration.

So follow along as I travel on my first “Road Trip” of 2017.  Let’s see where inspiration will lead me as I gather resources for my “Road Trip” series.

 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Driving On The Central Coast

“Driving The Central Coast”  11″ X 14″ Acrylic on Canvas

It’s all set.  Reservations are made at the San Luis Bay Inn and we are about to set off on our next road trip, Avila, Pismo and SLO County here we come.  I love our annual trip to the Central Coast of California.  It always comes in the Spring when the hills are green from the winter rains.  This year the wild flowers are spectacular, so I will be doing some Plein Aire painting.  I am sure that the scenery will inspire some great paintings for my “Road Trip” Series.

This study I did from a photo from a past trip, to prepare me for this upcoming adventure. I really miss the Central Coast in so many ways, I lived there for 9 years.  Can’t wait to see some dear friends, visit some of the old haunts and pick up my wines at some of my favorite wineries.  Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay here I come. Some of the best water front dinning with great fresh seafood.  I will need to paint this funky building for my “Road Trip” Series

Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles is one of my favorite places to go for wonderful Zinfandel.  The scenery driving to it is spectacular.  Try them out sometime.

Well enough of my yearning for the Central Coast, I will be there soon enough but first I will do a day trip to Sedona to catch some of the beautiful wildflowers in bloom.

See you soon.

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