I have long held that cameras do not do justice to reality. Normally I mutter things like “binocular vision, head tilt, attentiveness” to make my point. Today my point is merely that my camera does not describe the chaos that exists when one is packing.
I am packing for a residency in Back of Beyond in Beatty, Nevada. My photos don’t begin to show what one needs to go to Back of Beyond, even when it’s to a town of 1200 (a large number compared to Basin, Montana, last year, which had a population of 257).
But here are my feeble attempts to show the Old Night as well as the Chaos:
Of course, the hardboard has to be gessoed, even though it’s already been. The desert light might require something other than blinding white as the starting point.
I’ve collected a few travel boxes to put wet paintings into — I can carry eleven 12 x 16″ wet paintings and three 18 x 24″ ones. I do need more boxes, but except for Hot Lips Pizza containers, it’s too late to get more now (and you thought I was taking pizza to Beatty!).
I’m taking a large gessoed canvas roll and hoping that I’ll be able to bring it back in its original packaging. The desert air is bound to dry the oils quickly, right?
Anyway, if I forget anything, there’s a Dick Blick in Las Vegas, just down the road a piece — 110 pieces, to be more precise. –June