|Artist Studio Life - Oil on Linen - by K Hitt (sold)|
'Artist Studio Life' an alla prima oil, painted with the plein air paintings from the initial 5 month, Grace Love Fellowship Tour as the back drop. Two main dots on opposite ends of the country influenced the 21k+solo road trip.
This last jaunt; 7K+ solo miles, 40 days, Leg VII highlighted the 'fellowship' portion of Grace Love Fellowship tour!
Back home to An Original Hitt Fine Art and Atelier for a few weeks now, and to say the catch up and the 'to do' list is long is putting it mildly. Wouldn't change it though. Currently working on an 88" x 96" mural of subjects never painted before. Putting on my Illustrator hat as it accompanies the Fine Art one. This just one task at hand.
|Plein Air Class In The Park|
|Honored with a visit...|
Fellowship... THAT is what want to concentrate on here. Do you think that We as artist need to remember how important our 'fellowship' is? Even when traveling solo! What does fellowship mean to you? For we know that we are not just painting for the sake of painting... our heart, our passions... and many times our story are a part of the picture that paints a thousand words. My illustration background, influences my fine
|and making some too...|
|Journal entry detail...|
graciously carried on the conversation, until the good at the end of the tunnel showed up too. I can't possibly fit all here in words, nor do I need too. This though awakened the passion, the fellowship, and the purpose in me in an illuminated light. We as artist have opportunity to reach places in the heart that no other medium can. We can tell tales that words can not. "At That Moment.." Turns out At That Moment... is for life. Changed the name of the exhibit just now I think too. '"At That Moment..." For Life'. After two more short trips this summer, my teaching schedule has been downsized, and the main concentration of the studio effort of painting the tales begins. There currently are Fifty plus plein air paintings (counting only the ones feel worthy to exhibit) from the journey, they are only a part of the story to tell.
One of the HUGE blessings receive that didn't even imagine on the list, was a call while still touring in California. I was invited to attend the Plein Air
|my home away from home|
asked me if I would mind staying by myself, and on a house boat? YUP ! Exceedingly more than can imagine replied again! Thank YOU God! Leg VII quite frankly was a roller coaster. Let some people down, tried to fit too much in, changed my mind in the middle, frankly though succeeded, also failed. Because I care about people. A lot. Discovered, was behaving a little bit like a kid in a candy shop with my new found freedoms. Yes, highs and lows of a rollercoaster. Learned a LOT more than just painting on this journey. Fellowship remains the key, and the story in us to tell. Good news I have always loved rollercoasters. Also, I always bounce back. Many of the things unmentioned that have bounced back from would have derailed most. Alas, I digress.
The theme of my tour Grace Love Fellowship, is a story in itself, that is also a part of the big picture, which is also the name of the exhibit that ends up three years in the making.
Closing last leg before all the studio work is to begin again by being mentored by Don Demers? This, at the tail end of a 7K+ journey, that followed a 21K+ mile journey that focused on growing as an artist as a surprise gift a coincidence? How it juxtaposition-ed a heartache of a call, seemingly illustrating how all things do indeed work together for the good Godspeed. For I was at a Don Demers workshop when I received that call one mothers day, and I had to emergency leave. No it
|Thank YOU Joe Taylor & Leslie Fedota|
Though remembering this brought me unexpectedly to tears and yes, weighed heavy on all I saw from there about priorities. Don't know if I got all of them right, but pressed on. Forever thankful for the blessing and opportunity.
Its a fact that Plein Air Painting enable my eyes to see as an Artist, in a way that just doesn't happen in the studio. Don Demers, when he heard of my travels, said I am going to have to close my eyes for weeks to be able to push the refresh decipher button. As said, have been back a few weeks now. The
|sketch book concept doodles for studio work- anchor holds|
single mom of three, when her youngest turned 22, responsibility of that season released, well, momma was blessed to take a road trip. A really BIG trip. Discovered on this journey that it's one for life. At That Moment... is my artist statement now too. Its why I paint. And the studio paintings are about to unfold, that tells the story all along the way that will hopefully bring you each to your own "At That Moment..." Godspeed.
|yes, business! tough job but somebody has to do it!|
in close, This last leg VII of what seems to continually grow from an already epic journey, focused on 'fellowship'. There was laughing, crying, exploring, learning, growing, new, old, lifelong goals, and never imagined possible ones touched on too. Exceedingly more than can imagine is the journey, in a nutshell. As a follow up to last years 21k+ mile journey, this last little jaunt closed at just over 7K+ solo miles driven in my trusty steed of a Chevy Tahoe, and exactly 40 days. Starting in what is nicked named both Paradise, and Mayberry By The Sea; Venice, FL, then bee-lined to Monterrey for #PACE14. If you have not been to a Plein Air Convention & Expo, can not recommend it enough. The camaraderie with like minded Artist, the endless list of the top talents painting en Plein Air today to watch, and paint along side with is a priceless opportunity. Its like attending 30 workshops in a week, not to mention some of the most beautiful landscapes this country has to offer. On top of that, there is what is called Marketing Boot Camp for artist that starts at 6:30 am each morning. If you are not learning here, you are not trying. AND there is the expo, where you get to touch and feel and try some of the best plein air supplies and frames available too. You just may need to HITT the road too and get to PACE in '15. Hear tale that there is a group of artist talking about their own road trip forming.. could one of them be you? (ok, back to our regular programing :0) )
When I originally began this quest last year, that had me HITTing the road, my plan was pretty simple; besides the two big red dots on my road maps, was to grow as an artist, and to do so nationally as my sponsor desired for me to do. My way to cover the nation, was to do so painting en plein air and visiting all of the national exhibits, galleries, museums that I could, and culminate the experience to the mission, an exhibit just about three years in the making, now titled
' "At That Moment..." For Life' with Karen Hitt. All made possible by an unexpected gift from a student, turned patron. Now, I don't think they expected me to hop in my vehicle and Hitt the road, to create the exhibit that they are also sponsoring. Because 'the journey is the destination' it in itself is the exhibit too. "At That Moment..." For Life is back at where it all began, our local not for profit Venice Art Center. I have been an instructor there since 1998, when first became a single parent of three, they, how helped to keep a roof over my head while schedule worked around my children's. My loyalty to them will never fade. Now, all my students over those 17 years may play a part in this adventure too, by entering their painting to their portion of the exhibit in a separate gallery. The main Pat Buster gallery/museum exhibiting my works, and the students are entering their works to the Altman-Vogt gallery portion of the exhibit with the same theme. (stay tuned for an artist/student prospectus) Yup, exceedingly more than can imagine continues here too. (There is another exceedingly more than can imagine in the works too, as a part of this exhibit, will share with you asap to publish it!) The tasks at hand are a wee bit daunting, the journey great, The plan was simply to 'put this money to work' as best knew how. Leaving ashes behind, sought beauty and to learn how to reflect it as best know how. Well, it has ended up being even well over the initial 21 THOUSAND miles of them to share; the plein air, the places and the people that have made up the epic journey of growing as an artist. Save the date to visit beautiful Venice Florida -- On 27 Feb 2015 the exhibit opens and runs through March 20th.. Bob Bahr with Out Door Painter -Plein Air Magazine coined the phrase for me 'HITTing the road...'. Leg VII had me doing that again this year. I will also be journeying in a couple weeks to the beloved 'Paint Camp' in the Adirondacks hosted by Eric Rhodes titled 'Publishers Invitational'. There, 100 artist gather to paint in the beautiful finger lake region of the Adirondacks, seeking out the very locations great landscape painters like Fredrick Church and all of the Hudson River School Artist depicted. It is a another highlight for this artist growing in her ability to depict the next "At That Moment..."
Well, in addition, I have been encouraged to write a book on the journey's and the tale that leads up to and throughout it all. Its more than the painting. Stay tuned. Have a helper that even knows how to write a proper sentence, edit and spell. They were a goosebumps conversation at a fellowship lunch and ends up a great part of the tale too. Sure we all as Artist dream of getting in our vehicle and HITTing the open road to paint en plein air.
Now, Back to the FELLOWSHIP side of the journey... that occurs even when you are traveling solo. I did discover on this last leg, that its very difficult planing personal stops in a timely manor, with all the miles and views and yes distractions along the way. Also discovered its impossible to make all fit. Ironically I once facilitated a class titled "Boundaries" ...was reminded of the need for them along
|Back Home at An Original Hitt Fine Art & Atelier|
To close, here are some of the pictures from this last Grace, Love, Fellowship... all along the way!
|a heart rock that marked the spot to paint|
|painting at that exact spot outside of Yosemite along the Merced!|
|the painting AND the rock back at An Original Hitt Fine Art & Atelier fresh off the easel wall...|
|Great Nephew with ...|
|teaching Daughter in Law to en Plein Air|
|her finished painting back at their home|
|Julie with the heart rock...|
|Son Fishing while we painted for his birthday :0)|
|He caught dinner, and used his bday presents to prepare it for us|
|my little painting from the day...|
This some of the painting from there too...