2017 has arrived

Hello and welcome to another new year!  

Last year I was excited to start on a new series that sprang from my previous year's journey. I hope to continue this work as well as maintain and improve my involvement in my local art community.  

I just want to say thank you for joining me and your continued support, it really means everything to me. Stay posted for updates and check the calendar for upcoming events! 

Happy new year! 

love*ann

Week 6

Apologies for the delay, coming home can be quite hectic. Week six on the journey was filled with good friends, some very old and others brand new, I spent my days at various museums and eating and drinking my way through Michigan then on to Louisville and back down to Louisiana  making stops everywhere along the way. Though the heat was beginning to take its toll there was so much to do to kept busy and I admittedly did a terrible job of taking pictures but there a few below. This is the end of this leg of my journey, hopefully it will continue again soon and I can finally conquer the eastern shores! 

 

Ann Arbor MI  

Ann Arbor MI  

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Bell island  

Bell island  

Bell island conservancy  

Bell island conservancy  

Bell island aquarium  

Bell island aquarium  

My friends lovely chickens In Lansing 

My friends lovely chickens In Lansing 

Louisville slugger factory and meuseum  

Louisville slugger factory and meuseum  

Louisville west main  

Louisville west main  

Churchill Downs  

Churchill Downs  

Champions silks

Champions silks

Twin steeples  

Twin steeples  

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The main track

The main track

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Greektown Detroit  

Greektown Detroit  

Downtown Detroit  

Downtown Detroit  

Ford field lions stadium  

Ford field lions stadium  

Comerica park tigers field  

Comerica park tigers field  

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Front gate  

Front gate  

Downtown Detroit  

Downtown Detroit  

Whale mural on Broderick tower

Whale mural on Broderick tower

Downtown Detroit  

Downtown Detroit  

Beverly shores

Beverly shores

Town of pines  

Town of pines  

Graceland in Memphis  

Graceland in Memphis  

Lounge  

Lounge  

TV room

TV room

Pool room

Pool room

Trophy room

Trophy room

Kings grave  

Kings grave  

Ford meuseum  

Ford meuseum  

JFK's car

JFK's car

Allegheny locomotive  

Allegheny locomotive  

Backhead  

Backhead  

Serious snow plow  

Serious snow plow  

Airstream and VW bus  

Airstream and VW bus  

Circus planes

Circus planes

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Engines  

Engines  

The Rosa Parks bus  

The Rosa Parks bus  

Caseys pub  

Caseys pub  

Corktown  

Corktown  

Ypsilanti water tower

Ypsilanti water tower

Elizabethtown  

Elizabethtown  

Week five

Driving through middle America! Just enjoying the beautiful countryside (corn fields) and hospitality this week. Visited family and spent some time enjoying the city of Chicago and it's great museums.  Visited the Great Lakes and parks up here and will soon be in Detroit then down south on my journey back to my home. Perfect place to be when celebrating the 4th of July, a great sense of beauty in scenery and the hearts of people. 

Buffalo  

Buffalo  

Buffalo  

Buffalo  

Chicago Fulton river district 

Chicago Fulton river district 

Chicago Printers row

Chicago Printers row

Custer  

Custer  

Mount Rushmore park

Mount Rushmore park

Mount Rushmore national park  

Mount Rushmore national park  

Mount Rushmore  

Mount Rushmore  

Again  

Again  

Edwardsburg  

Edwardsburg  

Beverly shores  

Beverly shores  

Beverly shores  

Beverly shores  

Beverly shores

Beverly shores

Beverly shores  

Beverly shores  

Town of pines  

Town of pines  

South bend  

South bend  

White lake  

White lake  

Wall  

Wall  

Wall

Wall

Wall  

Wall  

Wall

Wall

Wall

Wall

Wall

Wall

Quinn township  

Quinn township  

Belvidere

Belvidere

Chicago west loop

Chicago west loop

Chicago

Chicago

Cloud gate  

Cloud gate  

Millennium park  

Millennium park  

Millennium park

Millennium park

Art institute Roussel  

Art institute Roussel  

Art institute Roussel  

Art institute Roussel  

Art institute Roussel  

Art institute Roussel  

Chicago's First Lady  

Chicago's First Lady  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Chicago

Chicago

De Paul university  

De Paul university  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Dearborn station  

Dearborn station  

Chicago

Chicago

Grant park

Grant park

Chicago  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Chicago  

De Paul university  

De Paul university  

Millennium park  

Millennium park  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Chicago  

Millennium mile  

Millennium mile  

York

York

Week 4

A lot of marathon driving and catching up on sleep this week. That being said, enjoy some pictures y'all!  (In no particular order...)

Just some explanation: not only are the sunrise and sunset extremely lengthy in time, and are even simultaneous for a few days, it also completely encompasses the sky, no matter what direction you look.  

Northern Rockies

Northern Rockies

Yukon

Yukon

   Muncho Lake Provincial Park

 

Muncho Lake Provincial Park

Week 3

It's been a fairly calm And relaxing week on the road. I made my way through Canada via British Columbia and the Yukon. With only a few naps and no real stops, other than to look at the wide range of wildlife and scenery, my visit there was short. After about two days I crossed back into America and finally reached Alaska! There have been some wildfires here and the smoke made the drive very interesting to see. Since I arrived in anchorage and have spent my time relaxing with friends, wandering around downtown for solstice celebration, and doing some sightseeing. Mostly pictures (slightly out of order) this week, more to come next week! 

Kitimat-Stikine  

Kitimat-Stikine  

Kitimat-Stikine  

Kitimat-Stikine  

   Kitimat-Stikine  

 

Kitimat-Stikine  

One of the black bears  

One of the black bears  

   Kitimat-Stikine  

 

Kitimat-Stikine  

   Kitimat-Stikine  

 

Kitimat-Stikine  

   Kitimat-Stikine  

 

Kitimat-Stikine  

   Kitimat-Stikine  

 

Kitimat-Stikine  

Yukon  

Yukon  

Yukon  

Yukon  

Yukon  

Yukon  

Yukon

Yukon

Stikine  

Stikine  

Smoke in Tanacross  

Smoke in Tanacross  

Tanacross  

Tanacross  

Tok

Tok

Mentasta Lake  

Mentasta Lake  

   Mentasta Lake  

 

Mentasta Lake  

   Mentasta Lake  

 

Mentasta Lake  

   Mentasta Lake  

 

Mentasta Lake  

Slana  

Slana  

Chistochina  

Chistochina  

Chistochina  

Chistochina  

Eureka Roadhouse  

Eureka Roadhouse  

Eureka  

Eureka  

Eureka  

Eureka  

Palmer  

Palmer  

Palmer snow bank

Palmer snow bank

Chickaloon  

Chickaloon  

Chugiak  

Chugiak  

Indian  

Indian  

Anchorage  

Anchorage  

Moose Pass

Moose Pass

Moose Pass

Moose Pass

Moose Pass  

Moose Pass  

Moose Pass  

Moose Pass  

Anchorage  

Anchorage  

Anchorage  

Anchorage  

Yukon ponies

Yukon ponies

Yukon  

Yukon  

Fraser

Fraser

Bulkley - Nechako  

Bulkley - Nechako  

   Bulkley - Nechako  

 

Bulkley - Nechako  

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Momma moose and twin calves

Momma moose and twin calves

   Bulkley - Nechako  

 

Bulkley - Nechako  

New Hazelton  

New Hazelton  

Kitimat  

Kitimat  

Kitimat  

Kitimat  

Seeley Lake Provencial Park

Seeley Lake Provencial Park

Kitmat  

Kitmat  

Teslin River

Teslin River

Wildfires  

Wildfires  

Yukon  

Yukon  

Hope

Hope

Hope

Hope

Another black bear it Sitkine  

Another black bear it Sitkine  

Week two

Week two has rolled quickly up the western coast and towards Canada. I started the week heading into California, a place who's landscapes were extremely stark in contrast. Through the drought in its dry, hot, dead lands the state was depressing but a few curves of the road and I was in enchanting giant forests that were lush, alive, green and refreshingly cold at night. Starting at beautiful Big Bear lake, through the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks where the giant redwood forests take their foothold, I then traveled through the valleys and orchards of California's endless fields of produce. I stopped for some incredible fruit and the best strawberries I've ever had along the way, finally arriving at Yosemite National Park. This park is huge and takes hours to navigate. There are countless breathtaking views and tons of wildlife through the winding mountain roads. If you get a chance to visit, you should. Sleeping under the stars here was a serene yet breathtaking experience. After a night in the deer filled park I headed towards the coast for a night with some dear friends in Santa Rosa and their sweet daughter. I then drove up to Portland for a day at the zoo with my old friend and his wonderful children. Shared incredible food, fun bars and some great conversation. Portland is an incredibly charming place to stroll through and get lost for a while, and I did just that. Next I headed to the last state before my ascent into Canada - Washington. Again having the pleasure of spending time with my wonderful friends, I've enjoyed the last few days of adventures, eating incredible seafood, enjoying local music, having adventures at the lake, and wandering through the small Viking village of Poulsbo. Today I leave Seattle and head up through Canada, next stop- Alaska!

Big Bear

Big Bear

Three Rivers

Three Rivers

Kings Canyon National park

Kings Canyon National park

Mojave  

Mojave  

Tehachapi  

Tehachapi  

Keene

Keene

Three Rivers  

Three Rivers  

Three Rivers

Three Rivers

Three Rivers

Three Rivers

Sequoia National park

Sequoia National park

Sequoia National park  

Sequoia National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National Park 

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

Yosemite National park  

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Groveland  

Groveland  

Groveland  

Groveland  

Copperopolis  

Copperopolis  

Whiskeytown-Shasta

Whiskeytown-Shasta

Portland Zoo

Portland Zoo

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Mississippi ave  

Mississippi ave  

Mississippi Abe  

Mississippi Abe  

Poulsbo  

Poulsbo  

Poulsbo  

Poulsbo  

Piper  

Piper  

Allyn

Allyn

Seattle  

Seattle  

Seattle  

Seattle  

Week one

Hello friends, just dropping in with an update on my journey that started one week ago and has been an enjoyable adventure thus far. Leaving my home in Texas was bittersweet, as I knew it would be. Leaving friends and family is not a strength of mine but I took baby steps leaving and slowly dragged myself from a dear friend in Wichita Falls, through Amarillo enjoying both Volkswagen ranch and Cadillac ranch on my way through. New Mexico greeted me with strong winds, cool rain and the most impressively loud thunder I have ever heard that filled the vast spaces between the mesas. The colorful rows of plateaus led me through the thunderstorm to a falling sun that lit the skyline with brilliant rich color. After driving through Santa Fe's national forests, I rested with some loving family friends in Espanola that night at the foot of the Black Mesa. After good conversation, good food, and goodbyes I continued on north to Colorado the next morning taking in the endlessly breathtaking national parks. Eventually making it up to the city of Pueblo I briefly rejoined mankind for a drink at a small local bar then back out west to camp out under a brilliant full moon in Echo park. Through Colorado I continued to roll through grand, lush mountains, winding alongside rivers that carved through the rock and stopping in the wonderfully pleasant and quaint small towns that are nestled between the endless mountains and streams. Wasting plenty of time taking in the cool air and stunning colors that speckled and streaked the path through the national parks, I ended the day in the Gunnison National forest and spent time exploring the intensly impressive Black Canyon of the Gunnison. After spending ample amounts of time being enchanted by Colorado's array of beauty and scenery, I finally made my way back down through the native territories of New Mexico and Arizona eventually winding my way through the parks and drizzling rain to Phoenix to spend some time with my bonus family. With some joy rides I became more familiar with the beauty of desert life and It's Impressive range of cacti. Today I leave the desert and head north to Big Bear lake and the Sequoia parks of California for greener sights. That's all for now, excited to share more with you all next week!

love*ann

 

Cadillac ranch

Cadillac ranch

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30 year journey

As some of you may know, I will be reaching a milestone in life this year, I will be celebrating my 30 years on this incredible planet. In order to celebrate I have been working towards organizing and cleaning my mental and physical space so that I can start working on some new works that have been brewing on the backs of napkins and in my deepest of dreams. In doing so I plan on taking this show on the back roads of America and encourage the beautiful world we live in to become my studio and inspiration. It is here, in this remarkably beautiful country that I have met all the amazing people that have inspired, nurtured and driven me to who I am now. I would like to thank you all sincerely and I hope that you are all just as excited as I am to continue with me. More to come!  

love*ann