Almost three weeks ago I left on a road trip to Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Thousands of miles later, in the early hours of this morning, I pulled my trusty Subaru wagon back into my own driveway, grateful to be home. On this trip, I've been teaching, doing some gallery business, visiting friends and family and seeing some of the great scenery of the Southwest. I was joined by my friend Liz about half way through--she is a perfect traveling companion, easy going, friendly with everyone, with lots of stamina for driving and always up for an interesting stop along the highway. In the photo above, we are at Mesa Verde National Park near Durango, CO.
As I unloaded crates of teaching supplies from the car into my studio this afternoon, I thought back over the past few months. This last trip was my fourth one of the summer--all taken for either teaching or gallery business (or both.) There were many enjoyable aspects to this last trip, and the others too, including of course working with all the people who come to my workshops. But our Wisconsin summer is almost gone, and I have only been home for a few weeks of it. It feels like luxury now to have two months before my next scheduled travel.
Do I travel "too much?" Many people have said this to me, or some variation--that I need to slow down, take it easy, not work so hard, stay home more. I receive this advice with mixed feelings--while it holds appeal, I weigh every trip in terms of the need for teaching income and staying on top of my gallery connections. It's not easy to make a living doing what I do, and for now, travel seems a part of this job that I accept (and for the most part, enjoy.) Building in some side trips, visits, and a little time to enjoy my surroundings helps make travel for workshops and painting delivery fun as well as necessary. (Below, cliffs at Tsankawi, a section of Bandalier National Monument in NM.)
Speaking of painting delivery, I would like to announce my new gallery affiliation in Santa Fe--McLarry Modern Gallery
. I delivered about a dozen paintings there during my trip. It's a beautiful space with some excellent artists and a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Please stop in when you are in Santa Fe (225 Canyon Road.)