Friday, November 8, 2013

Big Change, Great Opportunity

So here's the skinny on why a Southern Girl is making a huge move to the West Coast.  For the past several years, I was the primary caregiver for my parents. Between care giving, I taught a couple days a week & tried to paint. Not the most ideal way to advance a career as an artist. After my mom's death last summer, I tried to rebuild my life without a real direction.

Fast forward to 3 weeks ago, a phone call from my landlord informing me that my building was being sold and torn down.  Probably within 30-45 days.  Well that seemed to help me make a decision.  My bestie, who lives in CA, said (has been saying, I'd not been listening) move out here & start over.  I've moved at least 3x every decade of my life (except this last one), so moving is in my blood.  Leaving the baggage behind, starting fresh.  I even managed to sell every piece of artwork before I left.  No unfinished paintings shouting at me to fix them.  A true beginning.

As an artist, both California & Russian Impressionists have been my inspirations. So I guess it was inevitable that I would some day land in California.  Before I even arrive, I have 2 teaching opportunities lined up, as well as a one-day workshop booked.  Seems the universe likes the direction I'm taking.

For my east coast friends, students & family, I've loved being close to you, sharing the good and bad times. I will truly miss you but it's time to try something different.  Based on how many people are now planning trips to CA, it seems that I won't miss seeing you too much.

For my new West Coast friends, acquaintances & students, a couple of things about me.

  • Most Southerners think I don't have a southern accent, you might think differently.
  • Don't own or shoot guns
  • I'm a city girl, so when my best friend informs me that she has recently sighted a rattlesnake, bobcat & is awaiting a visit from a big brown bear, there is a really good chance that you will hear some blood curdling screams from around the Altadena area.  Might need to rethink the gun issue.
  • No, I don't have a cement pond, swimming pools are now the rage in the south :)
  • Sweetie or honey might slip into the conversation, a habit from my grandmother & great grandmother that I have never quite broken.
  • Any faux pas I might make, it more likely to be attributed to me being blonde, not southern.  
  • Quick sense of humor is appreciated & I will try to reciprocate. 
  • Feel free to ask me any questions but be prepared for any answer
  • Looking forward to embracing my new home but hopefully bringing a little southern to the mix
So with only my clothes & art supplies, I'm headed west.  Traveling light seems like the right move. For the next few weeks, I'm hanging out in Tennessee with my favorite uncle, drinking margaritas (yes, I know it will be cold but it's what we do). Hopefully painting a couple of scenes from his beautiful side of the mountain overlooking the Great Smokies. Spending time with my wonderful cousins, attending one of their weddings & generally soaking up my southern roots and family.  I'll be catching a train to LA the first week in December & plan to blog the trip.

I hope you will follow my adventures.  I can't wait to see how my art changes.  The world is now laid out for me to grab hold of and embrace.  See you on the road.