Though I don’t meet all of the following requirements, I’ve come to accept that what was once a joke, is now a reality. I am a gypsy, not a member of a traveling people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and traditionally live by seasonal work, itinerant trade, and fortune-telling: I am a nomadic and free-spirited person who finds discomfort when the roots grow too strong beneath my feet.
In order to continue wandering, I’ve worked diligently at being able to continue the business and creative aspect of my life as an artist when away from desk and studio. I communicate with friends, family, clients and students through the internet and cell phone. The need to travel light prevents me from packing the multitude of sketchbooks, examples of drawings, paintings and other teaching references I like to use in workshops. When I’m away for more than a week, it takes me two or three weeks (or more) to sort through, organize and process the drawings, paintings, photographs and journal entries that I’ve accumulated during my wandering.
Prior to developing my current website and blog at ChrisCarterArt.com, I had five or six separate blogs that I was updating on a regular basis, time consuming and confusing even to me. I stopped posting on all but the website blog. To eliminate the need for double entries and awkward transfers, I make sure all my cyber-tools are connected. As long as I can hook up to wifi every few days, I can upload all the images to cyberspace to clear room in my phone, but I couldn’t really organize the images in any way that would save me time when I returned.
Thanks to my dear friend, Brook, I stumbled upon a possible solution … a portfolio based wordpress blog that provides layers of image organization and sharing of images in posts, pages and portfolios. I had a dormant blog called Bizarre Horizons that I have transformed into my Think-Pad using the WordPress Theme called Bindery. It allows me to ramble as I did on my Third Time Around blog, while keeping images of similar focus in one place regardless of where and when they were created … accompanied by my journaled thoughts as I work my way through each project. I can link posts to the project and projects to the posts. I think it will save me weeks of being chained to my desk and that means more time to draw and paint!
If you want to follow along my circuitous path by which I explore and experience the people and the places of each day, you might want to visit Bizarre Horizons every now and then. It is, and always will be, a work in progress.