Today I went painting again with friends. A beautiful home in Grant, Florida. So much to look at we were all overwhelmed with the beauty! I had this guy staring at me and chatting noisily all morning. Probably telling me to get his good side.
So, I started my travel blog. Living The Artist's Dream You'll see it in the upper right hand corner of the blog. I'd love you to join that one. It's the journal of emptying out a house, searching for the "perfect RV" and painting in between. Oh and the dogs!!
My goal on the road? To visit each and every one of you.. (Kidding) No, to get enough followers so maybe we can get sponsors to help us on our journey. We will be living on SS and income from painting on the road. Scary and exciting. And not to do it would be my biggest regret. So, off we go!!!
I think it's bit boring not to have a photo up of something don't you? This is an 8" x 10" of an old soul. I went to a friends house to plein air, (painting outdoors) last year and she made the most incredible lunch. I told her I'd paint her dog. Hopefully if the weather doesn't act up I'll be seeing her this coming Tuesday so I can give her this.
So, The travel blog. My friend and studio mate, Lou and I tried to think of names and domains for my travel blog. Rolling brushes was one and I tell you we laughed until tears came. Finally we came up with "Living The Artists Dream" . It will be about Roger and my art and photography and of course stories about our travels in the Rv living with 2 Labradors and a Newfie/
How is it going? Allot faster if I'd get my butt in gear and shovel the house out. Man, the stuff we hold onto. Did I really need to save every piece of paper from 6 years ago selling on Ebay? Shredder here we come.
Then the decision of what to buy. We have a budget. We are looking at older RV's since they are broken in and hopefully have their kinks out of them but then again, hopefully not ready to fall apart!
We did see one a few weekends ago. Ok, brand new. Only, (Hahaha) 149,000.00. I fell in love. It was a Fleetwood Excursion 35b. You so need to google it just to see the layout inside. Perfect color flooring for dogs , a breakfast bar with stools for me and my laptop or coffee, comfy couch, a real refrigerator great bedroom and, the thing I totally loved, a little window in the front door for one of the dogs to look out of. Or for Roger to see if he's running over anyone! Oh MR. Fleetwood, for Christmas I would really LOVE one of these..Christmas in July. sigh.
Now you know our budget isn't there. sigh. We will find the perfect RV just for us!!
We are spying a 2002 Holiday Rambler Endeavor which I have already said we'd name "The Shuttle" . If it's meant to be it will still be available after I unload all the cr..I mean the good household stuff.
We are looking at systems for purifying water if we were by a river. Also compost toilets and solar power. Our plan is to boondock when we can. That's being in a place with no electricity or sewer, lets say desert!! You want to be self contained . I am excited!!!
Wow, allot of words today!!! So as soon as I get the travel blog up and running I'll keep posting here to give you updates. It's getting closer!
"Castaway Park" In Between Palm Bay and Melbourne, Florida
Getting closer to us getting our RV and traveling and painting. Nervous? Sort of but I think it's an excited nervous. My biggest thing was, what if I can't paint outdoors. I have all my equipment, paints etc and I'm ready.
Today I knew some friends were plein air painting at this park that's on the way to my studio. I first drove by then thought, why not stop and say hi. I have my box and tripod in the car and everyone said I could use their paints. Once I made the decision, I set up and drove to my studio and got my paints and started to work. It was about 90 degrees but I was excited about what I accomplished!
"Castaway Park" is 6" x 6" oil on copper. Framed .
$350.00 FRamed in a black wood 3" wide frame with gold trim My Etsy Shop
I'm hoping my Etsy shop will be the go to shop when I'm on the road.
I'll keep you posted when we get to buying our RV!!!
Hmmm. Dancing chairs? Roger keeps saying in order for us to get going on our adventure, everything has to go! So, I started Adoptable artwork on my web site. It will be older art from years ago before I became a "Rockstar" (don't you love it!!!)
This was painted in 1998 using my maiden name so it's signed S.Farrell. I would love to keep it but it's needs a good loving home! 28" x 28" x 1" framed in a painted Lattice wood frame. Here's the link. OR, I will consider any offer.
The search continues. Paying off Credit cards! Very exciting. Stocking up on paint...(probably counter productive on that one..sigh) Working on the small book of Lola and The boys Adventure. Their look at this crazy journey through their eyes!
Ok, back to work with me....have a great day!!
Oh my Sheila....what a surprise!! New color palette and painting plein aire!
I took a one day workshop with Nancy Medina. Oy my!!! Nancy's website What a day! In a few hours of painting I learned so much and now totally hooked more than before. You will find these on my website; Me!
Working on another daisy painting along with my commissions and fun things, but what more fun can this be!!
Looking daily at internet sales of RV's. Have our eye on one so lets see if the Universe is in agreement with what we think. lol.
A pic of what I'm working on floral wise....
Hopefully more tomorrow!! Have a great day, Warmly, Sheila
I also think I need to take better track of what the names are and the prices. LOL Oh well.
I'm so focused on getting things moved out, so I can, so I just put it on.
I love these cows. They are on copper and framed. Right now it's 3" wide black frame but I think I may change it to a gray! Or, keep it black but add a gold line on the frame.
So the weekend is here. Cape Canaveral is having it's seafood festival so I think we're going. On the way is an RV place with allot of used rigs. I'm sure we'll stop and check it out as we go.
How's the search going?? Well so far every one I love is out of our financial reach. So far!!
A favor...on the top right of the blog is a tab for Amazon. If you click on it I may get pennies into my account. Hey who knows?? That RV may be x amount of dollars and 2 pennies!!! You'll have helped!!
So March is tomorrow. I'm thinking of doing a painting a day and selling it for 100.00 each no matter the size. (Probably 6x6 or maybe an 8x10) Need to get in gear if I do this eh?
Have a birthday coming! Excited. Roger got tickets top see Michael Bolton. (He'll have been drinking before hand, Roger not MB) Really not a fan but what a gift for me.
(hmm, the Blogger isn't feeling well today..no not me the computer)
I've spent the morning throwing stuff out to clear the house for our coming adventure and of course made more of a mess than when I started. If I thought there was nothing of great value in the clutter I'd just start shoveling! UGH. But then, if I don't know there probably is't!! Quick, get a shovel!!!
Another site to see your work??? Well here's the skinny.
I have found that between renting my studio, gas, buying paints and copper and canvas , having my work on a pay for it web site and yet another site that more money was going out then coming in. I'm sure you all know that one too. So,I canceled one subscription and planning on another and now have this and my new site that caters to Artists and designers. We'll see how that goes.
Where is it? MY NEW STORE I'll be blogging here and showing work there, and probably juggling 1000 other things as well. lol There are so many things I would like to try.
Things here are going well. A friend just got a new Newfoundland Pup. Actually it's the person I got Lola from. What a cuddly ball of fur. I'll take pics to do a show and tell!!
I know you have probably seen this painting before but it never hurts to relist. Remember my goal is to sell everything I have in the studio and at home in order to go full time with Roger and the kids in an RV. (Yet to be purchased)
In May, Roger will have been at this current job for 4 years. That's something important in the retirement scheme of things. So, we look, and climb in and out of every RV we see.
I have started to do research on older rigs. (Don't you love that RV talk!!!) What are the reviews? Any recalls? We also have friends who have a beauty of an RV and I will text them for info too. It's amazing what you can get for close or under 50K. Top of the line coaches with sturdy bones.
I am still planning on selling on eBay. Thank you all that have trotted over and bid. I'm in the process of doing new pieces and Lola, our Newfie, wants to be on there too!!
Sammy and Lola are getting along famously so I'm happy and so ready to start our new adventure!!!
No paintings today but an update on what we are up to travel wise. I found one of those internet things that have you fill out what type RV you may be looking at and low and behold I got a call from my new bud, Tony!! He is from Massachusetts originally and close to Boston so we have a similar accent. He can understand me!! hahaha.
Today I saw all kinds and all sorts of Rv and prices. My head hurts! I know what we would like but what will the Universe send us!
My dream RV? It's a Tiffin Allegro Red with bunk beds. 38'. We would have the beds removed and that will be our office. It has tile floors so it would be an easy upkeep with the furkids. A window over the sink so I can do dishes and look out. I would like a table and chairs but if it has a booth that's ok too. I'm not fussy on the outside color but I'm hoping inside is light wood. There are other technical things I hope for but it may be boring here.
Tomorrow afternoon we are going to an RV show locally and walk in and out every Class A there. Oh my knees!!