This May, armed with passion and a duffel bag full of paint, I headed out to the west coast for a month of intensive art. What I ended up with on my journey was 21 paintings in 28 days.
As a prototype for the Europe trip, it was successful. What I learned is that connections are key. If we are to succeed with our vision, we will need strategic partnerships at every stop along the way. We will need friends who will guide us and care for our melted brains after painting for 8 hours at a time.
The other thing we will need, and desperately so, is an automatic documenting strategy. I was relying on myself to take pictures of myself. See how dumb that sounds? So we are trying out the GoPro Hero HD, a tiny waterproof POV camera that we can clip to the top of the canvas, strap on the end of a brush, or wear on our chest. The best part is that you turn it on and then forget about it. This means the likelihood of success goes up exponentially. We should post some of our experimental footage soon.
Overall, the trip was great and it made Penelope and I fall in love with Seattle and the rest of the Northwest. It was easy to be creative in such a lush, beautiful landscape. Not that Pepperdine was too shabby down in Malibu. We will be working on some new projects in the Memphis area for the rest of the summer.
Any other candidates for a region to do a second trial run? Do we have enough contacts and potential venues out east? I hope so. Lets hear from people in New York, Maine, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and D.C. that are ready to have us come out!