away from my studio
It's snowing as I write this--ridiculous weather! Nevertheless my younger son and I are taking off this afternoon for a road trip, as we do every year at this time during state teacher's convention. These trips started when my boys were 5 and 8, and over the years we've gone all over Wisconsin and into Minnesota and Iowa for a few days of wandering and relaxing. This year's destination is Door County, Wisconsin's "thumb" that juts into Lake Michigan.
Early next week I'm on the road again, driving out to New Mexico with my art friend Chris. I'll be gone about nine days--seeing my older son who is a student at UNM in Albuquerque, and spending time with other friends and family out there. This is the third fall in a row I've found myself in that area--I think it now qualifies as tradition!
As happy as I am about all of this adventure, I'm not eager to leave my studio for so many days. It's one of those times when one painting seems to feed into another and back again in a productive flow. But I do know from experience that the Southwest always energizes my art brain, so I'm hoping to return with plenty of ideas.