How are you? I miss you! I hope you’re having a good day.
Some news: I am officially a licensed California driver. With that honor, I’ve been making an effort to pay more attention to my surroundings and look at maps to see where I am and where I’m going. I’m not very good with directions or my sense of direction, especially in new places.
I recommend you take a look at this blog post I wrote. The earth is a beautiful place and Google Earth is a great tool when you want to travel on the cheap. I also recommend following this Twitter account if you use Twitter. Terrible maps, but really funny and interesting maps. (There’s also @amazingmap)
I have been working on some pieces inspired by my recent drive from NYC to southern California. There’s a natural beauty in the States that’s juxtaposed with some pretty heavy industry and advertising.
These pieces are inspired by the things I saw on my trip, David Hockney’s iPad paintings, old Road Runner cartoons, among other things. Watercolor, gouache, ink, and colored pencil on 16×20 watercolor paper.
They are a work in process, but I’m happy to share them with you as they progress.
May Patreon, Be a Patron!
I am happy to share a glimpse into this month’s Patreon work. I mailed 15 postcards to big pharma execs that included “fun facts” about the opioid crisis and my collector patrons received collage works which included stamps with significant meaning to me.
To read more about my work through Patreon, and to become a patron yourself (!!!) follow this link! I am proud of the work I have been doing thanks to the support of my friends and family. I would be grateful to expand and build on what I am currently doing with these projects.
There’s a lot coming up, but the one thing that’s at the forefront of my mind right now is the bike trip I’ll be taking with Nate, his mother and father, and a couple dozen cycling enthusiasts. I will be joining them in London (they begin three weeks earlier in Dublin) and we will ride to Copenhagen. See our route HERE! (Oooooohhhh, another map!)
I am equal parts excited and nervous. Though I find it hard to motivate to ride in 90-degree desert sun, it has cooled considerably and I’m enjoying the rides and the scenery. A lucky place to prepare for the upcoming challenge.
I’m also excited to have some work in Shop on the Mesa, including the desert specimens below, and am preparing a few items to add to the lot. More to come on that front, between cycling breaks.
There’s so much going on in the neighborhood and I don’t even know any of the people.