We’re Rachel and Stock Schlueter, two painters on a year-long journey across the country. We hope you’ll follow along, and maybe we’ll even see you on the road!
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I met some painters yesterday from San Diego. We decided to get together and paint, and had a great time. They are off to Santa Fe today, owners of a brand new painting! After we painted I offered to do a demonstration of some of the things I’ve learned over the years to help them along in their quest of painting en plein air. It was quick, with two large brushes and my advice: “Keep it simple, tell the story, then shut up!” They purchased the demo as well. That’s a good day in the field. Thanks folks!
Painted quick as I could…Pressed for time because we had an appointment to tour the great Georgia O’Keeffe’s home a bit later. This is my excuse for unintentionally leaving out a most important element in the composition, the three huge crosses that stand to the right of the holy place. I dove into the painting without sketching for size and see what happens? I was so dang excited about being this close to Georgia O’Keeffe! I’m going back to paint it again and as a thank you donate it to the local library if it’s good enough. Visit our FB page where we post most often!
Left Castle Rock feeling all warm and fuzzy after a week with the grand kids. We had a great stay and did a ton of chores that had to be done. Without Jason and Carol’s generous hospitality it would’ve been a very daunting task. We were so clogged up with paintings we could hardly function. We were also running out of critical supplies. We found a good art store in Colorado Springs and retooled. We processed 2 4×8 sheets of panel material. Priming them and renting a table saw to cut them into the varying sizes. We cataloged over 100 works of art titled, dated, and signed them. Then we wrapped, boxed and shipped them home. Our stay there marked the ¼ mark of our year on the road. It seems like we have traveled a million miles and seen the universe unfold before us in a heartbeat. I could go on and on and never touch on the thousands of noteworthy things that have become the norm living on the road. The great luxury that we have is we’re not in a hurry. We don’t have an agenda or a time table we are in this sense truly nomadic. We go where the wind takes us. We have kept to the back roads and small towns whenever possible. When we do find ourselves on the big iron snake, it is shocking, the roar and pace is daunting. We keep our heads down and head for the “two lane”
We came out of the storm and landed in Creede Colorado. It’s a very fine small town tucked into the San Juan Mountains. We’re in a little campground of only six sites. We ended up here because our good friends Eric and Aline from Humboldt County who were instrumental in helping us on our quest. They have been coming to this area for 30 years and thought we would like it. They were right. In fact we like it so much that they have moved on and we are still here. Thank you, Eric and Aline! This place is rich in beauty and history. Back in the day there were huge silver deposits found here and the relics of that era dot the landscape. The town itself is quite cultural. It has several galleries and is world renown for its repertory theater. We took in some of the plays they were excellent. We spend our days painting and finding places to paint. That and dodging the weather every day is an adventure. It’s cold it’s hot it’s cold again, then the wind blows like hell, the skies darken, thunder rolls and lightning strikes, it rains, hails, and the wind stops, then picks up and blows like hell from another direction and it starts all over again. And that is before noon. And then we get a day like today, it’s just lovely. I like the variety and change of pace. We’ve got it all. Thanks everyone for tagging along with us I makes it even richer.
Grizz by Rachel
We landed in Cody Wyoming on Aug. 1st. We had no idea how amazing things were about to get. We had it all. Camping was off the charts. We stayed along the north fork of the Shoshone river, in a camp called Big Game. At first we had’t realized that we were camped in a major fly fishing destination. Soon as we found out, Stock got a Wyoming fishing license and angled daily for our dinner. He landed Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Kokanee Salmon. We ate quite well during our 16 day stay at Big Game! We also enjoyed being 20 miles outside Yellow Stone Park, where there are Grizzlies, Elk, Big Horn and Moose just to mention a few. We finally saw a Moose and her calf, outside the park and that was truly amazing. It’s one thing to see animals in the park and quite another to see them wild and thriving in their natural home with the space they need…
The landscape is another story. Crazy crags, chimneys and spires that look strangely animated…we reverently referred to then as our ancestors. While we painted Stock would asked me to pinch him and I obliged, I’m sure it helped his grounding.
The Buffalo Bill Museum was great, food was great, skies-awesome! Thunderheads…omg! We lived a dream together and painted our hearts out. Thanks for the spark Wyoming!
We’ve painted here a couple of times now. For the photo I couldn’t resist the faded pink and green cattle guard. This landscape contains subtle hues that are impossible to capture with the iPhone. And very hard to saddle with paint…from time to time you can hear cattle dogs yipping in the distance. As we painted one showed up. He must’ve broke loose from his lead. He was exhausted and jumped into the back of our truck. We gave him water and some dried meat. Wagging he thanked us and was on his way across the endless expanse.
One of the things we love about traveling are the sights along the road. Some things have an impact that make you serch your feelings and assumptions more deeply. This is one such image.
photo by Rachel
Stock has begun to create his masterpiece for the trailer! The design will cover the entire back surface. While he’s not painting he’s doing a fine job fishing.