The Adventure begins
I don’t like to fly. It’s inconvenient, stressful, boring, frustrating and leaves me feeling powerless. But, since surgery in March, hip replacement, I’ve driven 3700 miles round trip from Durango to Crater Lake National Park for my first Artist Residency. I advise against driving long distances one month after surgery! Even with cruise control, driving was painful, and camping even more challenging.
It’s not that I didn’t prep for the journey. In fact, I was devoted to physical therapy after surgery. But choosing to drive with my right hip recovering is what I call self-will to the max. Although my surgeon (who rocks) gave me the go ahead, in retrospect I could have made a different decision. I rested after every 75-100 miles and took 8 days to get to Oregon, and I don’t regret a minute of the trip, but learned from it.
Artist in Residence: Crater Lake National Park, May 2015
My original plan was to drive up to Crater Lake National Park for the two week Artist in Residence program at the Park and then drive across country to my next gig at Acadia National Park. The idea was to have my own car, with all my art and photography gear packed, my bike aboard, and camping along the way, resting when needed, really appealed to me. But then there’s that hip replacement. As a result of a consultation with my mother, all that changed. Yesterday I flew to Maine.
Air Travel with Camera Gear and Art Supplies
I shipped most of my art supplies, and my carry-on consisted of my camera gear and electronic equipment: macbook pro, battery chargers. Although I have a carry-on sized for the airlines, the new procedure of checking carry-on at the plane if the overhead bins are small or full is frustrating. I didn’t want to risk having my camera gear broken, so I stuffed my camera bag and laptop inside my rolling baggage while in the airports: Durango, Denver, Chicago, Portland, and then carried on just the camera bag and laptop, and curbside checked the empty luggage.
In years past, whenever I travelled by air with my camera gear, it wasn’t a big hassle. I would carry on my camera gear, and check my tripod and luggage, but at $25 per bag it can add up. So I bought a new tripod, and had it shipped to Acadia, instead of adding that to my carry on. My checked luggage also had art supplies, pochade box, oil pastels, tripod head and clothing and shoes. It was a hassle, the shipping cost me plenty, the final leg of travel was delayed for two hours, but now I am sitting in a motel in Brunswick, Maine. And the rental car is outside of my room. I will re-pack today, and head out to Rockport, Maine where I’ll stay with friends for a few days before driving up (down) east to Winter Harbor.
The Interpretive Ranger at Acadia may be able to lend me a bike. That’s the one thing I was unable to stuff in my carry-on. And I’ll be at Schoodic Institute from June 5-25 making art, hiking, biking and exploring the secrets of Acadia. I’m thrilled, excited, honored and ready to roll.
This is what it’s all about
I’ve spent time at the Bar Harbor area of Acadia, brought students to Otter Cliffs and Thunder Hole for photography lessons, but this is the first time I will be at the Schoodic Institute with access to the Winter Harbor (said with a Maine accent) section of the Park. I will be housed in a fully equipped, apartment at Schoodic. I look forward to the inspiration of the land, sea, weather, and sky.
Follow along on this excellent art adventure. I’ll post photos and time lapse videos and tell the stories as I join a long line of artists who practiced their craft in recognition and support of our National Parks.
Here’s a link to my recent series of blog posts
And some current images, created during June 2015, Artist Residency, Acadia National Park
An article about the Artist in Residence Program at Acadia.