Hiya Journal Gypsies – and thanks for checking back in and checking out this new website and my latest journeys and journal pages. I am gonna jump right in and do what I do. If you are looking for a blog about a creative journey, the love of traveling and all the stuff that happens to this art journal gypsy then you are in the right spot.
Some exciting things have happened during my blogging break – Probably the one I am most happy about is – wait for it – I have an art studio now!! It is in Pocatello, Idaho on the top floor of a great antique store called Black Rail Antiques. I am so excited to have this great space and plan to teach mixed media, technique focused classes there as well as have guest instructors. I plan a small store of odds and ends in my studio space so I can spread the love of all that is rusted, welded and dented!!
If you are local come on by the first Friday of every month for the Pocatello Art Walk. Many different Artists open the doors of their studios or simply set up little areas to sell from. Another exciting thing during my blogging break is my new Boxer puppy Arlo. He is 11 months now and definitely my fur baby. I think I may turn into one of those old lady Artists who spend way too much time with their dog and their paints and supplies. I already have the purple hair!!! I traveled to Texas with him but more about that later in this post. And speaking of the blog post — time to get on with it — here we go.
So Mr. and me got back from our “Hawaii not Mexico” trip and three days later I left to see my three girlfriends in Denver. Three days after I returned from that trip I left for a road trip to Texas and my family there.
Those of you who used to follow me on Inkymee.com know that I love to travel and I love unconventional art and imperfect projects and techniques. You might also remember that I am NOT a computer person. But I have a new laptop and am learning how to edit with a new program and insert pics etc. This is going to be my test blog post — I hope it works!!! Here are a couple pics and a bit about my trips. More to follow in next post.
During the Hawaii not Mexico trip I had my share of tricks and spills (I swear I am starting to sense a pattern). I had never driven an ATV before but Mr. wanted to do a mud ATV thing and I was up for it so I hopped in the drivers seat and away we went —- until we didn’t.
I am not sure exactly what i did but all of a sudden we were like this.
I say that the root that jumped out in front of me and grabbed my tire and flipped us over was some Artist hating, purple hair harranging – Hawaiian conspiracy. It wasn’t even muddy where I flipped us. It was just embarrassing. Notice how I am at the front of the long line of tourists. Yep — that is just my luck. Anyway lots of other stuff happened and I managed to get stung by a jelly fish on the lips while snorkeling!! and all kinds of other crazy stuff. Here is how the jelly fish thing happened… — no wait I am not going into all of that here. You will have to see the next blog post to read about that.
Lets just say that I love Lucy or Carol Burnett could have gotten some good skit material out of me and my adventures while I travel and journal. But enough about Hawaii (for now). Three days after I got home from Hawaii I left for a Girlfriends trip to Denver. Fancy Nancy, Twila and Miss Cynthia (aka the Girlfriends) and I had an amazing time. The dispensary, the smoking bus, the Foreigner concert at Red Rocks, the baseball game the antique and junk shopping and all will follow (and yes the Jelly fish story) with pics of that time and some of the trouble and fun we had while there. These broads are a hoot and a half and I am lucky to have them in my life. I love them more than I love my luggage!!!! I will try to add some pics of the junk/treasures I bought while there.
Three days after I got back from that Girlfriend trip I loaded up my Boxer named Arlo, my suitcase and some art journal stuff into my car– and headed off for Texas to help out my daughter. As a co-pilot he gets a gold star!! He even managed to see some of Moab, Utah that I hadn’t counted on his seeing when he figured out how to open the hotel room door while I was out of the room and trying to score some diet coke. I know now that a door with a lever and not a knob is not a good idea.
Three trips in one month is much more than I normally do but it was a fun crazy creative hectic time and I loved it. I have been home a week and am still unpacking and asking myself where I am going to put even more rusted bits and pieces that I just had to have.
Have a good weekend and check back next week for the “rest of the story” and pics of the recent trips and the art journal pages created while on them. Remember that what you create doesn’t have to be perfect — it just has to be yours.