|Orlemann Art - the artwork of Valerie Orlemann|
thoughts of a shy painter
Yup. Artists are a road hazard. There's the basic problem of painting on the side of a narrow road. A friend told me that a passing motorist clipped one leg of her tripod as she was painting. I suspect that didn't end well for the art, though she was unharmed. Then there's the hazard presented by artists behind the wheel. Maynard Dixon quit driving entirely after going off the road a few times. Artists get distracted by beauty. Beauty goes by really fast at freeway speeds, and that can make it hard to watch the road. Finally--maybe least hazardous, but most annoying--artists try to deal with beauty speeding past by driving slowly. I painted last week in Cedar Canyon on Highway 14. I pulled over frequently, but was passed and passed some more by impatient motorists for whom I was in the way. Impatient motorists do some scary things in their pursuit of speed. I mention all this because I am about to go to Escalante for their annual Escalante Canyons Art Festival. I'll be on Highway 12 soaking in the beauty, mentally framing up compositions, and looking for places to pull over. Hopefully I won't go off the road. And if you need to get by me in a hurry, make sure nobody's coming, OK?