… I’m Leaving….
Well, not yet.
I will take off next Monday, February 25, and WHEN I leave, I’ll take you all with me because I will actually not be traveling at all! Not in real life anyway.
The image makes it all clear… here is the announcement for my new blog series that I’ve been dying to share with you:
When you click on the image it enlarges so you can get a good look at my planned route. I invite you all to join me on my ‘artistic trip’ through the USA.
Let me explain…
The source for this idea lays in my teenage years. Back then, there were a lot of songs on the radio that mentioned certain states in America. (‘Sweet Home Alabama”, “New York on my Mind” et cetera) and I pictured myself going on a road trip with the songs as my guide. This idea always stayed with me but since I don’t have the budget and time to do this (how long do you think would such a trip take? Two years? Three?) so I came up with a ‘virtual road trip’.
I planned a route and this ‘big road trip’ turned into the idea for a blogseries that will be filled with inspiration. I hope to bring ‘state- and even ‘city-inspired’ blogposts that will evoke creativity of all sorts. There will be songs accompanying me and I will use all kinds of transportation to travel from state to state. Mind you: this is all VIRTUAL of course! All these things can be used for inspiration to make art!
If you are living in a certain state (or city) and want to ‘show me around’ when I’m about to arrive there – let me know! I may invite you to write a guest post to tell us what your surroundings mean to your creativity and art, or what ‘things’ are interesting to know/visit in your state from an artist point of view. (museums? galleries? buildings? graffiti? nature? )
Even if you’re not living in the USA, you can join in and share the fun.
Here’s how it works:
- The ‘BIG Road Trip’ posts go up every Monday.
- There are at least two blog posts per state (yep, that makes this series go on for years!) Each post visiting a new state is an ‘introduction’ and ‘inspiration’ post. The week after, it is your turn. Share what YOU have to say or show (for example: when you created something using the inspiration in the first ‘State-post’ – email it to me and I might show it on this blog.)
- There’s a badge on the side menu. Copy the code and put it on your blog to show everyone you’re in on the BIG Road Trip!
- I created a special email address for this. All ideas, texts and art related to this series can be emailed to: bigroadtrip[at]maritspaperworld[dot]com
We start the BIG road trip with ‘flying’ to New York City on Monday, February 25 and you know what? There is an artist waiting for us in the Big Apple to show us around and point out the places that are interesting for an artist to see… you know, not the usual touristic attractions but the interesting ‘backstreet’ places that only an insider and citizen of the city knows of.
This series will go of from there and hopefully – with your help, cooperation and inspiration – will turn into the greatest Artsy Road Trip we’ve ever made together!
Sooo… prepare to go on this trip with me and jump in!
Let me know:
– What tools and materials will you take with you to use on the plane?
– What songs will we listen to while flying to New York? Songs about airports, flying, NYC???
– Any other ideas or stories you want to hear/see about New York City?
I’m pretty excited about this ‘virtual road trip’ and I hope you are too.
If so… then pack your bags, comment, email, JOIN!!!
Julie Tucker-Wolek says
HOW EXCITING!!!!! I see that little map going through Arizona!!! Woooo hooooooo! 🙂
I’ll come visit you then Julie!
what a cool idea – I’ve always wanted to do a big American road trip too 🙂
Carolyn Dube says
What a fabulous idea! I have done some of that road trip in person- and let me tell you- it is one loooooong car ride. I actually think I may have been scarred by being trapped in a car that long with my family- literally, my sister kept pinching me…
anne g-i says
what a fabulous idea!!!!!!!!!!!!! looking forward to “tagging along”!
Jessica Sporn says
This sounds like so much fun! I’m packing my bags!
I wanna go with you! I’m in Michigan so I’ll be happy to be your tour guide when you come to the Great Lakes state. I’m sure you will be ‘smitten with the mitten’!
Great idea Marit, will be an inspiring and fun trip. I am still busy with my mixed emotions but love the join (if only to read the posts when my time is limited)
What a great idea! I’m in Maine and it looks like you’ll be visiting here on the way back home. It’s going to be fun to watch the road-trip progress!
Wow, Marit…dat is even een serie blogposten die je bedacht hebt! Ik vind het idee erg leuk en wie weet rij ik ook wel mee door een paar states ooit!
Wat een ontzettend leuk idee! Ben heel benieuwd wat we allemaal van je gaan zien als we met je meereizen. Goede reis gewenst en veilig weer thuis, haha!
Holly Llama says
Cool! This looks like fun! I look forward to your visit to Michigan. 🙂
Meis, wat heb je toch altijd originele ideeën!!
Geweldig leuk die virtuele reis door de States!!
Ben heel benieuwd naar wat je allemaal gaat beleven en wat wij daarvan te zien krijgen!
I think this is a fabulous idea, Marit!!!
how about northern california? if that sounds like a worthwhile detour, let me know, i would be happy to show you around. too.
What a marvellous idea! I am really looking forward to cruisin’ the states with you in our cabriolet! 😉
Hugs – Irma
Marit, hoe kom je toch altijd op die geweldige ideeën!! Echt fantastisch!! Ik denk dat ik stiekem in je koffer kruip en met je mee reis… 😉
What an interesting trip! Making new friends, talking about art, a little bit of personal stuff,may be a cup of tea or a glass of wine as we share…fun! Looking forward to the trip must think about what to pack.
Madeline Rains says
I live on an organic farm in Georgia and am an hour from Atlanta. I can show you the city and the country here! Great idea.
Looks like a big project, but it will be terrific fun! and it appears that Ohio is nearer the end of your trip…that’s where I am. Good luck…can’t wait to see the sights!
What a brilliant idea and great choice of Seth Apter for your first guide. I will be “spreading the news”