Chinese Painting Brushes vs GIGI Upgrades

I’m practicing using the Chinese paint brushes, deciding if I want to invest in another project with it’s own implements. I like the way I can make tree trunks and branches with this brush but I don’t’ think I’ll succeed using them for flowers. I’m not a delicate painter, I need wide swoops of color, but I’m interested in watercolor, I’ve never tried using it before, thought it would be too hard as I’m not much at drawing and keeping white spaces. I never got too far in the drawing course I haven’t finished taking. And I still have painting courses I can work on.

Now that I have GIGI kind of figured out I want to spend more time learning art techniques. Much to learn, I add these photos here only to show you how much I have to learn! A little bit of wine helps release the inner muse.

But GIGI needs a new sink and faucet asap, well it’s not urgent it’s just old and ugly and is the first thing you see when you come in the door, after you see all the bright red colors and expect something ………clean and more modern. I am sorely tempted to go to amazon and order the sink and faucet, I see just what I want and it seems very reasonable but then I’ll need it installed and what if I get the wrong parts and how difficult would it be to install, because rv’s have different plumbing issues I’ll have to get some rv help….I wonder if they’ll take a credit card? (thinking out loud here). I may just do that, then I’ll have things on the inside looking very good ……..after I repaint some areas that need touch up or really need a second coat of a green I hope I can match……….yeah, I’ll never really be done will I. Soon to get started on the outside, soon as the weather permits, today it’s chilly but not windy, I have some issues to work on on my roof too, not leaks but some potential problems. Probably a priority.

One step at a time is boring.


Feeling Stuck, Guess I’ll organize my Paint

I know what I need to do  but I’m having trouble getting things done, or doing things that have no relationship to what needs doing.

I have four 20 x 20 inch good canvases that I should paint something fantastic on but I’m afraid I’ll make a mess so I haven’t even tried to paint anything on them, instead I spend time organizing my paints.  My studio is a mess so I’m sure that will be my next project  wasting  time  before getting started painting.

I  need to watch some videos to get ideas to find my way back into a painting.  The whole moving plan has my mind distracted from the steps I need  to have a successful  move, a successful future on the road.

I’m assuming you know about my plan to buy an rv and live in it blissfully making my way around the country side selling my art…tailgateart, here and there now and then and forever thankful for the idea that could work for me and my old age life.

I”ll start making lists, it’s so nice to be able to scratch them off as they are completed. I feel very excited about my new life plan and wish I had everything ready now but it looks like I won’t be able to go forward until May.  Meanwhile I need to sell some paintings . And make prints to sell. And take my stuff to the market to sell.  And add photos of my work to our neighborhood news.

One unsettling problem I’ve had is that my computer died and took along with it my photos    Some but not all I’ve found in the cloud and can use them for prints, but the separate  albums I”d make of family and friends is gone.    I have an external hard drive but honestly I don’t know how to use it, everyone says just plug it in, but how to I know what is happening.  I bought a refurbished MacBook  so I’ll try to see what is on the hard drive using this newish computer.

Late note

Another failure computer wise, can’t find my pictures on the external disc, says I have no permission to see what’s there.  I tried to correct permissions but couldn’t.   Guess I’ll go organize my paint .IMG_3507.jpgIMG_3512.jpg

If I was Braver​ I would…..

IMG_5575I would buy a  small RV to live in, a small one I could drive around the country painting and visiting family and friends.  The only problem is I should have done this before I  got so old,  I could still do this now, I’m in decent health & shape, could I learn to live in a vehicle?   Something to think about.

And thinking about it I am.

I am an almost 75-year-old woman without a home and unable to buy a home (co-sign a student loan?) or afford a  decent rental (poor planning on my part) so this could be a good option.

My kids may not see it that way but I already tried living with them and it’s better for us all if I can remain independent.  Maybe it won’t mean that I’ll do a lot of traveling but rather parking close to them for months at a time. Not exactly trailer park living but having my ‘travel tailgate art studio’ be my home solves many concerns, both mine and theirs!.  I like the idea and will save up to buy the class C trailer with cash, it has the driver on the inside, all one piece for safety reasons.  The $dollars$ I spend on gas will be my rent, and  I can choose how much to spend related to how often I move.  I could even lend it to the kids if I need a break in a real house or they need a vacation.

I have ideas about how to augment my income painting small artwork that fit on small walls, vertical space has high value in a trailer or RV.  My income will be adequate for this lifestyle. I’ve been following several blogs about this living option and have not found anyone regretting taking this option, their only regret is that they wish they had started years earlier.

Plenty of single women chose this lifestyle and from the blogs I’ve read, seem to be very happy. They choose it not because they are poor,  homeless, or with few resources but because they view life from a different place. There is a lot of support among these nomads for each other living this life.

There is much to learn.   Learning the equipment needed, a generator, how to’s of heat and cooling, refrigeration, communication, sun energy, black, & grey water disposal (ick) and where to park.

Writing about this here makes it feel more likely to happen, it’s like I’ve made a commitment to myself,  cropped-cropped-img_3271.jpgsharing my plans and hopes and even fears here.

I am definitely an introvert and this style of living is very appealing to me.  Yes, this is what I want to do, and soon, before It gets too late to start.

I am brave enough to do this.