Back in the North

First DC, then NYC, and then Upstate

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The start of this week brought me back from Asheville to the DC area, since then I’ve been struggling to work through the details of my experiences encompassing the past 4 weeks of my Art from the Pack test run.

Though, overall a success, much of the mechanics in working my concepts need adjustment, not to mention a thorough evaluation of my different selling techniques, useful equipment and financial abilities while on the road.

With time a big concern, I’m having to juggle priorities. An update/change in location for FnS at the very top of them. Though also a substantial amount of side/volunteer work and several lingering personalized art projects remain waiting before my tentative return to the road.

At this point my plan still stands to sweep south again, briefly, and then work my way west, to the coast and then up. Potentially a 3.5 month road and art voyage. Determining my time in locations based on the draw to my work, the options for further development, and the amount of access I will have to resources within each town/city.

For the moment I’m trying my best to live frugally, saving up for the primary expenses that always come with a new trip. At the start of my Asheville venture, I left with just under $100 that I could easily access and a back up fund of about $300 – after learning from this past trial period I’m hoping to keep my total weekly expenditures under $40.

This is an ambiguous goal, for as an artist, particularly one who is constantly on the move, I am constantly subject to putting myself (& my few belongings) through rigorous tests of durability – trying to maintain that artist “demeanor” so important for making an impression that could lead to a sale. With pack size constraints (when I travel, everything I own (in order to survive) comes with me on my back) I am forced to reuse clothing and equipment far past their breaking point – creating the challenge of either patching it together as best I can or making the decision to fork out the money for a new/used one.

Before my expected relaunch of Art from the Pack, at the start of next month, I’ve been working to minimize the amount of gear I take with me that is nearing the end of its life. If you’re interested in helping support this new leg of my trip you can take a look at the “Support Me” tab under the “Art from the Pack” heading at the top of the page. I’m open as well to any suggestions about the up-coming venture and also for any volunteer/discount offers for the printing or web work that needs to get under way before my departure.

Please pop back for more updates to FnS, as well as info on FlintnSteel’s upcoming domain move.  I know several of you are waiting for updates with this site (it has been a crazy first week back and I’m hopeful to wrap things up shortly before larger changes begin)  – thank you for your patience.  As always thanks for the support! – JHNA

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