Travel has been a great pleasure throughout my life and I have
been lucky enough to have visited a lot of great places all over the world. With my family spread across the USA, I have some great destinations in which I am a houseguest, making the time with loved ones ever more special.
I am always at a loss on how to keep my art going while I am traveling. Often, I will take painting supplies–paper, brushes, tubes, water containers, etc.–along with me. Most of the time these things go unused as space and schedule rarely allow for it. Even the flight to the destination no longer provides room for artmaking, as the seats are so tight and the planes so full.
So last week when I traveled to New Mexico to see family, I reigned in my expectations. I brought painted papers and glue for small collages, my sketchbook for drawing and my DSLR camera.
My camera has provided the best tool, especially when we took the tramway up 10,000 feet, to the top of Sandia Mountain. It is an austere beauty here in New Mexico, where the desert and drought render the landscape in shades of tans and greys. It is a subtler palatte that takes time and close observation to recognize the lovely nuances.
I took a lot of pictures that trip. Did a couple of drawings, some ideas for new paintings and started one collage. Not a lot of production to bring back. But there was something I was glad I didn’t bring back: that was the guilt I usually feel when I unpack my long-schlepped, unused art supplies!
How do you make art when you travel? Or do you?