Traveling with great frequency is certainly fun but it also means being away from the studio. For many years I have packed art supplies and brought them with me. Sometimes I even schlepped various sketch pads, drawing and painting materials as my carry on. Invariably there would be another passenger next to me, thereby making it almost impossible to do any art. So I would take the course of least resistance and read my book. I get a lot of reading done on trips.
One time I was able to make art on a trip was when I followed the recommendation of Marilyn Hughey Phillis. Marilyn is an inventive watermedia artist with whom I studied several times. She told me she takes collage materials with her and creates art with paper and glue. This was before tightened airport security so she was able to take scissors with her. Flying to China gave me lots of time to make art with paper; luckily I rip it and don’t need scissors. I completed several pieces on that visit, one seen above.
During my recent trip to Florida, I wasn’t able to sleep one night (strange bed, strange place) and decided to put the time to good use by making this drawing. At 6AM, after it was done, I went to sleep. Better than an ambien. What do you do when you can’t sleep?