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44 Days 21 Paintings 5000 Miles and Living in a Van

So I haven’t blogged in a while, but trust me that’s a good thing… I’ve been painting my ass off! The places I’ve been and people I have met have been truly incredible! I’ve seen people I haven’t seen in years, met people I’ve never met, and shits blowing my mind. Everyday is completely different. I’ve officially driving a tons of major cities, rural dirt roads, windy roads, beachy roads, I guess you could say I’m becoming a badass van driver 🙂  I’ve always enjoyed traveling but there’s always something nice about going home and just being lazy sometimes. I’ve had to put that desire out of my head. I no longer know days of the week, or even what date it is. I’m very disorganized, my van is a wreck, my hair is becoming dred-locked. Shaving my legs has become a luxury. Home cooked meals have never tasted better. And yes, I’m pretty tired.

But what keeps me going? My models! They’re so brave! Some have modeled in 45 degree weather, some have de-robed withing 30 mins of meeting me. Some have had to walk through National monuments in their undies painted up. I have a love for humanity more than I ever have! I’ve had my van hit on the highway, the cops called on me, shitty weather,  an allergic reaction to bananas while driving and I’m still happier than I’ve ever been! Some people have been weirded out that I have used craigslist as one of my methods of finding a model… but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised. I posted an add in South Carolina because it’s one of the states I did not have connections in. I had two gals who are friends and co-workers reply and ask to pose together. “Of course” I said! We met at the Angel Oak outside of Charleston, which for some reason that day, was PACKED! So we left and went to another potential spot, this seemed fine. My models pastie and pantie up and were about to get started when we here in a distance, ” What the hell, honey there’s a bunch of naked girls outside! Call the cops!” . Or something along those lines. After dealing with the bible belt police already in Savannah, GA we decided not to risk it. My model Lea, said “If you’re willing to go for a drive, I know the perfect spot” and I responded ” That’s what I do these days, take me there!” We arrive an hour later at the Old Stafford Church Ruins. This church was built in 1750! That’s 100 years before Oregon was even a state!  It was burned down in the American Revolution and what was left behind was STUNNING! It was drizzling outside so I had to build a canopy to paint my girls underneath in the parking lot. I told myself that I wouldn’t paint bricks on this trip because its been done A LOT in body painting. But for this one I just had to! And since they were bricks we could do a whole photo shoot trying out different spots all over the ruins.

All in all, I love the way this one came out, I love my Craigslist models, I love South Carolina, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this project!

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