“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.