Sunday, March 31, 2013

Life Keeps Changing!

Resilience.  12 x 12 in, acrylic on canvas

I have heard that life is what happens when you have other plans.  I believe this is true.  I would never have guessed some of the things that have happened for me lately.

 After the Rain.  12 x 12 in, acrylic on canvas

 Up on the Ridge.  12 x 12 in, acrylic on canvas

First there was the five weeks I spent in Why, Arizona, with my boyfriend Steve.  I had planned to only work on eBay while I was there.  I had been invited to participate in a local artists exhibit at Grapes Gallery in Truth or Consequences for April and May, but I thought I would put off doing any of the artwork for this show until I returned to New Mexico, after my visit to Arizona.

Sensory Overload at the Annual Dahlia Show.  12 x 12 in, acrylic on canvas

 Dream Garden.  12 x 12 in, acrylic on canvas

However, I found my time in Why to be so relaxing and inspiring that I changed my mind.  When Steve was going into Tucson for a couple of days, I went with him and bought canvases, acrylics and brushes, and painted for the rest of my visit.

 What I Remember of the 80s, Minus the Mullets and Muscle Pants.  
12 x 12 in, acrylic on canvas

I'm happy with my paintings.  They are the first pure paintings (without being mixed media) that I have done in a while.  I liked working with the smaller canvas size and the square shape of the canvas.  Today I will get the wires on the back so they can be hung tomorrow.

When I got home, I also pulled this mixed media piece out of my storage room.  It's one I haven't shown anywhere yet.  I had sort of a love-hate relationship with it, but I like it better now that I've given the alligator teeth:

 Florida.  16 x 20 in, mixed media

So...for the past several months, I've been musing about how I could maintain a presence here in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, where I'm having some success as an artist, and also be able to afford to travel several months of the year.  How could I leave during the hottest part of the summer and the coldest part of the winter, and still pay rent on an apartment, while incurring travel expenses?  

Steve and I discussed lots of possibilities and finally decided it made the most sense for me to buy a larger RV, one that I could live in during my stays in TorC and could also use for my travels.  The Guppy, a 22ft 1982 Toyota Dolphin mini-motorhome, was great for when it was just me and the neurotic cat driving around the southern part of the United States, looking for where I was going to settle down.  But it didn't give me room to spread out, and my life has grown.  Now I do lots of artwork, in addition to selling on eBay.  I also like to sew and do various crafts.  And I have a relationship with a guy who enjoys travel as much if not more than I do.  

So immediately upon my return to TorC a little over a week ago, I began seriously looking for a larger rig.  And I found one right away, up in Mesa, Arizona.  So I had barely caught my breath when it was time for me to turn around and go back to Arizona.  I bought a 1991 35-foot Class A Holiday Rambler Imperial motorhome, in excellent condition.  As a tribute to the Guppy, I named the new rig the Beluga.  Thar she blows:


She is magnificent inside and out, having been well cared for by the original owner for about 20 years.  I bought her from the second owner, who'd had her only about a year.  Here are some interior shots:

So next begins the process of downsizing, something I've been through before.  I've lived in my apartment for about a year and have acquired some furniture that has to go.  I have to sell my beloved Guppy.  I will basically have to go through everything I own (again!) and determine what goes with me into the next phase of my life.

Steve is keeping Bel (short for the Beluga) over at his place in Arizona for about a month.  When it gets really hot over there, he'll move into the motorhome and bring her over here to New Mexico, and I'll move in, too.  We'll probably stay here in TorC for May and perhaps part of June, then head off somewhere cooler when the temps reach 100 degrees or so here.  

At least that's the plan for now!  Given life's tendency to drift in directions other than what I've planned, we'll just have to wait and see.


  1. Hurray! This sounds great. Your flexibility and responsiveness to change are inspiring.

  2. Congratulations! It looks like it's in great condition!

  3. Now _that's_ a house on wheels! Congratulations. And I'm loving your art!

  4. Congratulations! That is a nice looking RV with lots of room. Glad to hear things are really taking off for you. Love the art work!

    Take care,


  5. A super looking rig...congrats and best of luck with your new plans. Love the artwork too...

  6. Congratulations on your new home - Bel looks like a real find! Beautiful interior, you're going to be so comfortable - AND have room for all your interests. Love your paintings, too. Don't you just love it when our lives take a turn like this? Of course, we have to have to courage to go with the changes, and I think this will be a good change for you. :)

  7. Congratulations! I think the extra room will be fabulous - I need that too! And your plans are good plans too. I love your paintings! I really like the Fla one too - didn't know you painted. Fabulous!

  8. So nice to see your new rig!! How do I view your paintings on eBay? I love 'ocean' paintings, etc. Please send me a link!

    1. Becky, I haven't been selling my paintings on eBay. I sell ladies' designer vintage scarves on eBay, and I sell my paintings at galleries. However, I do have some paintings that haven't sold at galleries and I was just thinking this morning, why don't I put those up on eBay? So I will be doing that sometime in the next few days.

      You can find my eBay store at:

  9. Well, shoot, you just accepted my "friend" status on FB and I wanted to send you a private message but can't figure out how to do it now that they've changed things. Drat!

    I love your artwork and the scarves and this new adventure sounds very exciting! Your about 1.5 years ahead of my husband and I. We plan to travel when it's too hot and too cold and spend a few months in our home in Green Valley, AZ, when the weather's just right in the spring and fall. We have snowbird tenants that stay Jan-Apr. which really helps $$ wise.

    I create items to sell also so am hoping to find a gallery in Tubac that will sell for me so I won't have to use Etsy or Ebay. Kinda like what you do with the gallery in TorC.

    So, I'm along for the blog adventure now that I've found you through Roxy. I'm sure I'll be learning a lot from you!

    Grace (in Tucson)