I paint, along the road, each year out west, on my way to various teaching jobs in California, New Mexico and Colorado.
These road paintings are my raw material and they usually lead me somewhere in my studio painting each winter, back on the Brooklyn waterfront.
I had called the process, "The Western Jaunt", back in the 1990's when I traveled, after Walt Whitman's "Open Road" idea. There was something of the sacred, idea, in that search, after Harold Bloom and Emerson's idea of mirroring what we see as "what is best and oldest in our selves".
Today the more profane, idea, of "Road Movie" and "On the Road" pervades this travel. It is the juxtaposition of the two which interests me these days.
I am alone there much of the time, and so much goes unnoticed. So here it goes-- let me know what you think.
There is a website at http://www.gregorybotts.com/ with Studio paintings, Gallery information, and Archives of work.
Below are posts of the first leg of my journey. I will be returning to New Mexico next week through Big Sur and Yosemite.