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The official blog of artist Kevin Obregón. Random mash-ups from the needle of the groove of my life's vinyl record. You may never know what dissonance or harmonies will be heard, but rest assured, it's still one groove...

The 150 sq. ft. Epiphany

Back in early 2012, I was asked by the Belmont Hotel's owner, Monte Anderson, to brainstorm on developing an Artist Residency program for the hotel and that as a bonus, I was welcome to stay 3 months at the hotel as it's first "Test Artist", to boot! 

It was an amazing time as an artist as I got to meet the likes of Mr. Kinky Friedman, artist and former PeeWee's Playhouse set designer, Wayne White - and ubiquitous propagandist artist, Shepard Fairey

I took a ton of photos and was quite productive while staying there. Surprisingly so, given the amount of space with which I had to work: 150 sq ft.

With only three portable easels, my brushes, primary colors, Macbook, mini-fridge, microwave and my dog, I was able to create over 20 pieces, be in two shows, a full-blown parade commemorating the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and still feel I had all the room I truly needed with no undue pressure.

Belmont Hotel - Bungalow #45 Dallas, TX  

Belmont Hotel - Bungalow #45 Dallas, TX

 

It was here in Bungalow #45 that I had an epiphany. I didn't necessarily need to have a huge warehouse studio in order to be productive and make big things. After all, I made this giant there, too! 

All these interesting ebb and flow acquaintances would come and go as hotel guests and I was able to speak with some wonderful, seasoned travelers. I was inspired to somehow inject travel into my dreams as an artist. 

But how?  How would one travel the world on an "artist's salary"? Ahem, well you know what I mean.

The realization that all I need was essentially already there in one 150 sq ft room is what set into motion the vision of an art studio-on-wheels.