Sunday, March 8, 2015

Getting Ready for Adventure

Jaime Howard and Joanne Middlebrooks, feeling adventurous
Once upon a time, two painters decided to have a big adventure in a small trailer.
 Monterey, California and  the Plein Air Convention, "the Woodstock of plein air painting." We're off to join the largest collection of plein air painters on the planet for a week of classes, demos and on-site painting with world class artists along the rocky coast of California.

This is a road trip of epic proportions - almost 6,000 miles round trip from Jacksonville, Florida. It will take a lot of planning and about five weeks to complete the trip.
 The goal is to paint our way across the USA, at every location and in every state from here to Monterey and back. We represent our local group of artists, the First Coast Plein Air Painters, and everyone who hankers after an adventure of their own making.
Bubba Jane
Bubba Jane, the 14 foot long 1965 Zipper vintage camper, will be our home away from home, so our first task is to make her as comfy as we can.

With an end of March departure date coming up, we'll be taking a short shakedown cruise to make sure we both fit in this little tin can comfortably and happily. We'll be posting our preparations and adjustments as we go - and we'll try to answer some of your burning questions:
  • What will they take with them in the way of art supplies? Food? Camping equipment?
  • Where will they be camping and will they end up spending the night in any WalMart parking lots
  • How many paintings will actually be painted on this trip? 
  • How will these friends get along sharing this tiny space for over a month?
  • Does anyone snore?
  • Will they still be friends when they get home?
We'll try to answer all these questions and more, so stay tuned to this channel and please feel free to share with your friends who are interested in adventure, camping, painting or venturing into the unknown toward an uncertain but exciting outcome.


  1. I am excited for both of you. Can't wait to read about your adventure. Namaste

  2. Thanks, Liz! We'll keep you on the road with us,then you get to decide whether you wish you were really there or not! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Exactly the kind of painting trip I dream of! Wanna swing by Pensacola and pick me up on the way ? ( just kidding! I'm currently on emergency elder care duty in New Jersey) Travel down highway one through Big Sur on your way back. Julia Pfeiffer State Park is a great place to stop. You won't be disappointed!

    1. Thanks for the tip, Theresa! We are near Big Sur now and can hardly believe the beauty of this area. Ii hope you get to come here to paint soon.

  4. You are living my dream!!!

  5. And ours too! We just decided to go for it.