Sometimes you don’t have to go far to find inspiration. I was looking at a map of my county, and saw a road that I had never traveled…I thought, “hmm…I am going to take my ipad and see if there is anything on that road worth sketching”
It turned out to be an adventure…complete with a flat tire!
I love railroad tracks and winding roads…
I love how the hills roll in this part of the country, and you can see barns for miles.
I stumbled into an amazing old house beside a creek.
Here’s a simpler version of the same scene…not sure which I like better, but it started raining while I was sketching.
In Kentucky, weather is a big thing because it is so dynamic…it’s not unusual to have storms and rainbows at the same time.
Last one…a long view with a raincloud and sunburst at the same time. I don’t think I have ever painted rainclouds before, but they might be my new favorite thing.
So, that’s just a few iPad sketches from just one little segment of the road. It is one of the most beautiful roads I have ever traveled, and less than 5 miles from my house. There is a second part of the road, maybe even prettier than the first…I’ll go back soon.
I am going to paint (yes paint!!!) some of these scenes. Do you have a favorite sketch?
I am getting better at travel. The more I see, the more I realize how diverse and awesome the South is. My goal for 2013 is to spend 6 months traveling, so even though I just got home, I am already planing my next trip.
I didn’t think I got a lot of artwork done during this trip, but when I got home, I was surprised to count almost 50 new pieces! It will take at least a week or so to put them together for my next newsletter, but if you are interested in seeing the latest/greatest artwork, make sure you are on my mailing list.
My plan is to send 1 or 2 each month. To get an idea of what you can expect, you can see my first newsletter here:
My big goal for 2013 is to be on the road 6 months out of the year. I am a week into my second trip south for the year, and so far, I have seen some beautiful things, met fascinating people, had incredible experiences, and made artwork I am proud of. I decided not to share every detail of this trip on my blog. Here is why…
Sometimes when I am at a scenic or historic location, I notice that people park the car, get out to take a photo, and then leave. They don’t always bother to get out of the car for their photo op. I think I understand what is happening. In this ‘always connected’ time, I want to document and share my experiences with my friends…sometimes the urge to share is so strong, I forget to stop and enjoy the moment for myself.
In early February, I took a two week road trip to the south. I tried to write a blog post every day of the trip. Working on the road was a challenge. Being ‘live’ and ‘in public’ made me feel like my friends were with me for the ride, and it was an awesome experience. There was one challenging time where my friends helped get me out of a funk. We had an interesting conversation about creativity and inspiration, and it turns out a lot of us share similar challenges.
I love social media, and it is ingrained in my daily life, but i want to try something new. This trip, I want to stay ‘in the moment’. I don’t want to make art while wondering how many ‘likes’ it will get. I made it to satisfy myself. I have seen some amazing sunsets and views, and I decided to keep my camera phone in my pocket. Instead of diluting the moment through the lens of a camera, I just enjoyed the show.
Tomorrow, I am going to send an email with a sneak peek of some of the art from my trip. If you want to make sure you are on my list, you can sign up here:
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Ken is a self-taught artist from rural Kentucky, whose work includes painting, printmaking, animation and ipad art. He considers himself to be a 'lifetime learner' and he uses art as the vehicle to explore and learn more about the world around him. Much of his work reflect his optimistic views on rural folk culture, river life and simple pleasures.
You can visit Ken every Final Friday of the month at studio 400 at the Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati. He can also be found picnicking near his home in the Historic Village of Old Washington, KY.