Back in New Mexico from my art trip

Lambertville Vista Oil on wood  12″x16″

I got back on my trip after 3 weeks on the road to NJ and back from my art show.  There’s something to be said of endurance and travel, either it will break you or help you grow.  Personally, I relate to the latter more.  Sure it was exhausting driving cross-country in 3/4 days, staying in strange motels, eating strange food, meeting strange people, and just enjoying it all.  I know that I may be expected to write an extra long post because of this monstrous trip, but I beg to differ.  Can I say everything I want to say in a shorter page or must I drag this blog on longer than it should be?  Funny, I already have, so I’ll cut through the chase and point out the highlights of the trip:

  • The car ran good, except…that darn engine light came on after I left Cleveland going home.  5 days later, it went off.  My car is getting an oil change as I’m writing this, so no major damage, no accidents, no tickets.
  • My favorite places included…West Virginia…beautiful scenery, Western Maryland, Western Oklahoma…it has some unique reddish dirt.  The World’s largest gift shop in central Missouri…it was really a large flea market, but I won’t tell them that.  Southern Kansas was beautiful, rolling green hills and found the Wizard of Oz…in Liberty, KS.  The ocean in Ocean City, MD, can’t beat swimming in it, after being in the desert, all I can say was, “AHHHHHHH”
  • But my favorite detour on the road had to be Cleveland, OH. I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, amazing place!  My favorite things were the Pink Floyd and Genesis artifacts and Lake Erie.  Cleveland looked like a cool place to hang out, when you’re on the road, you have a schedule to follow.
  • Reconnecting with a few family members. You know who you are, thank you so much!

Back to the art show.  It was a long weekend, but I still made a few sales.  My booth looked great, had some new abstract paintings too, which I was proud of.  Sure it was magical New Hope, but there were mostly lookers instead of buyers.  But I don’t regret doing the show in my old hometown area.  I enjoyed myself, seeing my nephews (I finally got called “Uncle Josh”) and relatives visiting me at my booth was very cool.  Some of my family finally got to see me at work, as I completed my one lone painting above, “Lambertville Vista”.  I never painted that scene before, and since I painted from a photo, I took my time to complete it, which is why there is lots of detail.

So now I’m back in Santa Fe, where the future looks uncertain and but the memories still remain vivid.  Guess there is no place like home.  But which?