Shop Kirista Trask's Series 52 Project
I had always wanted to visit Joshua Tree. It has been on my bucket list for a while now. When the opportunity came to meet my Mother in Law in Palm Springs we could not pass it up. As I packed my travel paint kit all I could think about was sitting out in Joshua tree capturing the magic that exists there. Getting to Palm Springs with my art supplies was a breeze. I had prepared. I kept all my bottles under 3 oz and made sure they were packed in the clear plastic bag that was required. However coming home through Palm Springs TSA I found it strange when my TSA agent brought my bag of paint over to a supervisor. They beckoned me over and informed me that while my bottles were the correct size I had too many. I questioned the officer as to why it was okay coming through PDX and yet PSA felt I was in violation. He said he could not speak to PDX but that he was going to have to take the bag. I explained that I was a small business owner and that he was taking a very expensive bag of supplies, even offering at one point to toss the paint that was less important in order to try to salvage at least some of my core colors. At first the TSA agent agreed to walk me out and stand there while I threw out the paint. Then something changed. He suddenly grasped at the power he had and told me my two options were to go outside and check the bag or mail it to myself and then go back through TSA to board my plane. I told him that I did not have the time to wait another hour and asked again if he would let me toss some of it salvaging the rest. He told me no. I faced the choice of catching my plane or taking my paint. I chose the plane.
This was not hair gel or perfume. It was something much greater. Losing my paint felt like I was losing a piece of myself. That piece can be recovered but the hurdles that are in front of me felt so large. Why is it that for artists and other creative entrepreneurs money always seems to be such a huge hurdle. January and February financially drain the artist with application fees, booth fees, and taxes. Timing like money another hurdle. With three upcoming solo shows I do not have the luxury to wait to finish the paintings sitting in my studio.
But the truth is that I still have the one thing that got me in this whole mess in the first place, my paintings. So in order to recover the supply loss that TSA confiscated I am running a sale on my Series 52 paintings. Any help will be greatly appreciated
I have been doing a weekly project, painting a series a week since the beginning of the year. I video tape these sessions and share them with a select group of folks on my mailing list. Each week I chose a new color palette and four fresh surfaces.
Click the button below to help me recover the $400.00 lost in art supplies. Not only will you be helping me out but you also will be purchasing some incredible artwork! I have also included a tiered pricing option as this is a fundraiser. You can chose which tier by selecting your price from the four options available.
Each painting is 9 in by 9 in and comes matted ready to frame. If you would like me to help you frame it just send me a message and I can help you out.