Don Getz is finally winding down his U.S. Odyssey Journaling Tour with his last workshop in Saugatuck, MI, this week. With a year’s worth of workshops and experiences, Don will now be able to scratch this item off of his “Bucket List”. Don’s tour blog description pretty much sums up why he decided to meet the challenge of a year on the road.
“Planning for the tour started in February 2012, as I looked at my ‘bucket list’, for those things which I wanted to achieve in my artistic life. (As a teacher of workshops), I’ve enjoyed sharing my art knowledge with fellow artists for over fifty years. It’s a joy sketching & painting ‘en plein air’, over being in a studio. Journaling can be done anywhere; on a ship, a train, car or whatever. This makes it ideal for seniors who can’t or won’t lug an easel and other items used in sketching and painting.” Don Getz
Don has logged in over 18,000 miles around the country during his yearlong U.S. Odyssey Journaling Tour 2012-2013. He has conducted many workshops and passed on a wealth of information about journaling to hundreds of students. Don is in the last stage of his tour and will wind up the adventure in just a couple of weeks. He is scheduled to present a wonderful recount of the trip at the finale event in Hudson, OH, September 9th, 2013. Don has filled many sketchbooks with countless sketches and paintings of everything from the everglades of Florida to the scenes of Yellowstone. He has spent the last year of his life living out of his van and moving in and out of motels across country. He is now ready to focus on compiling the material, sketches and all of his stories and adventures into a completely hand-illustrated book about his odyssey.
Cheap Joe’s has been proud to sponsor and follow along with Don during the past year and cheer him on from the sidelines. Don has chosen many Cheap Joe’s fine art products to chronicle his adventure including the following:
Monday, August 5, 2013
Journey Stop #11: Montana
Detail of other half of Teton’s spread.
Tuesday August 13, 2013
The week at Yellowstone went too fast!!
A trip to Jackson Hole would not be complete without a sketch
of the historic Moulton barn. I made the mountains larger than life,
so that they were more important, they may be ten miles away.
I was constantly faced with fantastic rock outcroppings.
Again, simplicity was the key and softening the background shapes.
A reminder; think shapes, NOT things (mountain, car, building, people, etc)
On to Wyoming … Looks like a giant sand pile around this mountain,
as the stone had dissolved. The tiny red barn was needed to show
the scale relationship to the mountain.
A visit to Mt Rushmore, the ongoing Crazy Horse sculpture project.
and a day in Sturgis, SD, sax it preps for the annual
‘bikers reunion’ were all sites to see – at least once!
Next stop, an old farm tractor in Wisconsin … again, I like old tin. …
I really liked this old restored building, but not the dull gray colors,
so I performed some alterations with a tin roof…hope the owners see this…
Onward East… Aboard the car ferry out of Waunakee, Wisconsin
to Ludington, MI. Next blog: two stops in Michigan
and arrival back home in northeast Ohio!… over 18,000 miles to date.
So, Don can look back on this experience and find great achievement. He can be proud of his journey
and regale with tales of the odyssey. Crossing this task off of his “Bucket List” will now leave room for
some other item to be explored.
How many of us even have a Bucket List? Things we intend to do within our lifetime? And if we do,
how many of us make time and take the risks to implement a plan of action to complete those things?
I think it is a great milestone that Don has reached by completing his tour. One that will logically
lead to another item on his list, a great book! Then, what happens after that? Who knows!
The future is before all of us. Let us take the time to congratulate Don for his wonderful accomplishment
and take time to look at our own wishes and dreams to find an adventure just waiting for us to begin!
There is one more post ahead that will complete our tracking of Don’s tour progress.
I hope you have enjoyed all of the information that he has provided over the course of the last year.
I have learned an immense amount about Don and certainly about journaling. The whole experience
has revived my desired exploration of watercolor in general and more concentrated on the creative
aspects of journaling.
Have a Happy “Bucket List” Day! I hope you take a look at yours and decide to be adventurous!
I certainly hope to!
Keep Your Brushes Wet and Your Journal Pages Full!