Live long enough and you begin to understand what “lights you up”. I know that a bit of “adventure” and the delight of seeing creative spaces both really do that for me!! Combine the two? Forgetaboutit!
A few days ago, I stumbled upon such an opportunity when a new art friend told me about the annual open studio tours in a nearby desert area we’d never visited.
WHAT! I JUMPED ON IT!
Road trip with hubby + artful spaces = BLISSFUL DAY!!
Considering there were 95 studios open, this would take some planning. There was no way we could see that many. So we grabbed their catalog and map and charted our course.
We began our adventure in the farthest area (29 Palms) and worked our way back closer (Joshua Tree) to home.
Some studios were easy to get to – as in paved roads and close the highway. Others were situated far into desert dirt roads. My jeep was built for this adventure!
Half the fun is not knowing what’s around the next bend. We were so lucky to purchase an incredibly beautiful painted drum from a Native American living in this deep desert “ranch” below!
My favorite stops were where several artists used a sprawling “communal” space. The high desert has wide open spaces to spread out, ya know? Artists sure know how to make ramshackle buildings fun!
I love all sorts of art, but hardly ever do I get to see where it’s actually created. It’s really interesting . . . I mean the studios themselves often become a work of art.
Anything can become a “canvas” – walls, tables, furniture, even large storage containers!
Look – this guy lays out a large stained glass installation. Wow! I never imagined that he would design and draw the piece first – of course he did. Duh. Then he makes, colors and cuts the glass! Wow, that’s a lot of skill.
Such an artful adventure does require hearty sustenance.
We heard the best burger in town was here at the Joshua Tree Saloon.
The place had been overtaken over by LOTS of women bikers! Pretty fun people watching dontcha know.
I can hardly wait until next year – there’s so many studios we weren’t able to visit.
It all had me dreaming of the “compound” I would create (if I could). Some day!
I hear that the real estate prices are pretty darn reasonable in this neck of the woods. Hmmmmm.
BTW if YOU are up for an artful desert adventure of your own, there is 1 seat that has opened up for The Creative Nomad art journaling retreat I’m hosting in Palm Springs.
Details are here.
Do join us!