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July 04, 2004

The World From the Back of a Bike

One of the joys of riding a bike for me over the last decade or so has been bringing my camera along and taking photographs along the route.

As we ride our bikes on the street, or as mountain bikers on trails in the mountains, and wilderness parks, we see all sorts of interesting things worth taking pictures of, even if it's just the view.

Newport Beach, Ca., Back Bay. 2003

I live alone, with my cat, and work a lot, always have, and bicycling has been a way for me to get out of the house and enjoy what the world has to offer in the way of sights and sounds.

I thought it would be cool to collect some of those sights in order to remember the places I've been, and the things I've seen.

I have several photo albums full of pictures, and once I figure out why my scanner and computer aren't communicating I will try to add pictures to my writing for this blog.

In the meantime let these 2 Yahoo Album pages give you a small sample ( clicking on the pics will enlarge them ):

12 Photos from bike rides

Let these photos, taken, on my first, and only, hike show you mountain bikers what you can do if you stopped to rest, and take a picture once in a while: 20 pictures from Holy Jim Trail In Trabuco Canyon. :-)

I have just been introduced to the website of a fellow Cyclist who is a painter, and photographer, who takes her "studio" on the road with her, on the back of her bike. :-)

This story is inspirational to not just the photographer in me, but the writer, and amateur journalist within, as well.

Come along with me, now, for rides full of beauty, and for insight, that you won't soon forget, and will return to in the hopes of viewing, and reading more in the future.

Who knows, you may even be inspired to bring a camera with you on your next bike ride. :-)

On the main page of the website, FROM THE BACK OF A BIKE.COM, Kit Miracle introduces the visitor to her site this way:

Biking and art. What a great combination! I've been biking for 40 years and have been a professional artist for more than half of that time but it wasn't until a trip to Provence, France in 2002 that it occurred to me that I could combine two of my greatest passions.

Biking seems to be just the right pace for traveling and looking around. I can pull over and stop any time, nearly any where, often in places where there is no room for a car. Since I've equipped my bike into a rolling studio, passersby find me on the back roads or side streets. I'm always glad to discuss my art with them or just have them watch, but as often as not, I only have an audience of squirrels or the neighboring dogs

Damn, that encapsulates what I like about my bike rides so nicely! :-)

Who is Kit?

Well, while reading her impressive bio is engrossing, it is enough to say that she is currently the Visual Arts Coordinator, of Jasper Arts Center, in Jasper, Indiana (2000 - present), has her work being presented since 2003 at the Jackson Street Gallery, in Jasper, and has been engaged in postgrad studies of various types at 2 colleges for the last 8 years.


Kit writes, about her art, that....

Art is such an integral part of our lives that we often overlook it's importance. Imagine a grey and drab world without art, without designers or movie makers, without photographers. We all need a little more sunshine and more smiles in our lives and that is my primary goal.

I am fortunate to have found a wonderful way to combine my love of creating with my other passion of biking. I'm especially delighted to be able to create art from the back of a bike!

And I, for one, have been delighted by the her artwork, and heartily recommend you visit her site , and check out the works for yourself.

Each painting is worth clicking on, and enlarging, so you can read her description of the scene, and her photos, and explanation, of her 2 Indiana Projects have me looking forward to seeing the paintings the scenes, and landscapes, along the routes will inspire her to create, and share, with her visitors.


Trip to Provence, France.

Ohio River Project.

Southern Indiana.


If any painters out there are inspired by all of this to follow in her footsteps Kit has a page devoted to tips for setting up your own ROLLING STUDIO, and includes phtos of her own trusty steed.

I'd like to echo something she writes, and adapt it to folks who, like me want to take just a camera along on a ride:

If you're just getting starting with biking and riding, take a few practice runs around your neighborhood. You'll soon learn what works for you. Don't expect every photo to be a winner but enjoy the process and the outdoors. Bike at your own level of comfort and ability. There is nothing wrong with pushing your bike up a hill that is too steep. This is an adventure, not a race.

Most importantly, have fun taking photos from the back of a bike!


Kit has big plans for her website, and for promoting her artwork, and I wish her luck in both endeavors.

Oh, and 2 other very important things....

Kits Bike Safety Page is a must read for anyone who rides a bike.

Kit is of course selling her paintings, but her long time volunteerism has inspired her to donate 5% of any painting sold through her site to one of the following 2 organizations ( and an, as yet, undecided 3rd ):

Crawford County Public Library.

American Cancer Society.

That ( Her "Do a Good Deed Page" ) is a pretty cool thing to do, if you ask me. :-)

You can visit, and explore, Kits site at FROM THE BACK OF A BIKE.COM.

Enjoy!


***UPDATE***

For excellent writing, and more gorgeous photos, from a fellow BikeBlogger, to buttress my point, read my follow-up piece:

Back of a Bike 2


For another Painter who takes his studio with him by bike read this piece:

Back of a Bike 3

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Comments

Painting with brushes or with words.
It's all art.

:)

Posted by: jaspar | Jul 10, 2004 10:03:30 PM

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