"Follow your bliss," advises Joseph Campbell.
Anytime I can combine two loves: painting and camping,
well, that's bliss.
I don't "do" watercolor and I really am not a "plein ar" painter. So what possessed me to attempt both? The lure of spending time along the Blue Ridge Parkway while camping had a certain cachet about it. A friend nudged me along suggesting I should paint all along the entire parkway while compiling a visual and written journal of sorts. When my husband bought into the crazy idea of cycling all 469 miles of the park we were committed!
Here is a bit of a peek into our first 10 day outing. Our "Flying Pig II" housed us beautifully in the two most northern national campgrounds, Otter Creek and Peeks of Otter.
not a bad studio I think
our home away from home
very long uphill climbs but Bob got 107 miles completed
I hope the painting gets easier, watercolor is so
we were running low on electricity and I "had" to finish
some last marks so I would not forget my scene
I love this photo of my biker all set to take off
this is "Sharp Top" one of the 3 Peaks
of Otter, I even got it stamped at the Visitor Center.
Now that we are parked, unpacked and showered I can hardly wait to go again. There might be a viable project in this fun after all and I certainly did enjoy the slow rhythm of camping and painting. Mighty glad I am not on a bike but happy to meet my crazy husband along the way for picnics. More later, I am still processing all of this.