“Good luck” ~is when preparation meets opportunity.
An adventure and a project are unfolding, and I would like to invite you to participate. In June, my family and I will depart for Namibia, Africa for a one-month journey to this vast sub-Saharan country. We have family who have traveled there and we have family who reside there now, so the stories have been rich and we would like to experience a little of this place with my sister and her Namibian husband.
Our time is short and the list is long, but wherever we travel, I hope to form a visual relationship with this country and meet people that link the stories to the land. There are many facets to Namibia but my focus will be on the landscape, with its intensity of color and expanse; unique flora and animals and things unknown. We’ve heard the names, Windhoek; Sossusvlei and the Skeleton Coast where the vast red sand dunes pour into the Atlantic Ocean. The fabled Caprivi Strip beckons us to the tip of the northeastern arm of Namibia, and Etosha. Wherever we go, I will sketch and paint and photograph…to capture moments, really looking…for texture and nuance; light and color sculpted landscapes, new to me, but touched by thousands of year’s hands.
Before a trip years ago, I proposed the Zimbabwe Sketchbook project to my patrons. I pre-sold paintings and when the work was completed I had a studio show several months later, inviting all of my supporters to come and select their original paintings. In the spirit of the success and inspiration of my Zimbabwe project, I am inviting you to participate in my Namibian Portfolio on this adventure. I am offering advance purchases of a limited number of paintings that I will complete in my studio when I return. The paintings are available at a reduced price for your support in advance.
I will post to my blog, when wi-fi is available, so that you can travel vicariously with me. After I am home, I will send updates on the progress in my studio as I work to complete the paintings. I anticipate the series to be finished about 5-6 months after I return. I will post the paintings online, for those who participate from out-of-state to select, and have a studio show and party for local supporters to select their paintings.
To uproot myself and travel to an unknown place like Namibia ignites possibilities. To be away from my same patterns and routine can be – a letting go -a needed jolt – a time to seed and harvest ideas. Author Miriam Beard’s words resonate with me, “certainly travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent in the ideas of the living.”
I am prepared to meet this opportunity and use my “good luck” wisely and excitedly, to create a new series of work that I hope is visually compelling. I hope to evoke feelings in you, my supporters, of the extraordinary or the unexpected. For me, to keep working, to produce new ideas and successful artwork is powerful – it’s what I do.
I hope you will consider joining me in this experience.
If you would like to purchase a “painting-to-be” from my Namibian Portfolio, please select the size and price level that you would like and send me a check with that selection. Include your phone number, e-mail address and street address. You may also call me with a Visa or MC number that I can run through my husband’s business, John Wiley Photography. Please respond by May 24th, 2015 if you would like to participate.
If you know of others who might be interested in my project, please pass this along. To see examples of my past and current work please visit my gallery page.
Give me a call or send me an e-mail if you have any questions about the project.
I look forward to hearing from you and thank you!
Mail: 1916 Pike Pl #12-241
Seattle WA 98101