June 2016 archive

Routines and Road Trips

When I started hanging paintings on trees for unsuspecting strangers two years ago(!), I planned on always having a painting or two, some nails, and a hammer, in my purse. This worked great for a while, until I realized that my routines only bring me to so many places. I don’t want to keep hanging paintings on all the same streets. And while I have been able to reach many Chicago neighborhoods, I have a long way to go before I get to all of them (which I will some day!).

Now I may not always have a hammer in my purse, but whenever we leave town, I leave with a pile of paintings. We did a Midwest road trip this past spring and I was able to hang paintings in new parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This summer, we are going to the Pacific Northwest and I plan to leave a trail of paintings – 10 paintings for 10 days. I can’t wait. I have no idea what I will pack in my suitcase, but the paintings are ready to go.