Last week our little family drove all over the great states of Idaho and Montana.
I took over 500 pictures from our various adventures. Now I have to sort, edit, and do something with all of those–later. For now I wanted to share my watercolors from the week. I had my paint kit, my favorite travel brushes, a pad of watercolor paper, and a small moleskin notebook. I ended up leaving the watercolor paper in my suitcase, it took up too much room in my travel bag. Instead I tried using my moleskin journal to paint in along with my journaling.
Back in the old days–before getting a career and having kids–I would carry my watercolor kit everywhere and painted postcard size paintings everywhere I went. As I get back into this habit and remember how much I love to paint I have found that I have to get back in “shape”. When traveling and sketching you have to be quick, flexible and not get hung up on the details too much.
The other thing I have had to remember is that this is not always a solitary activity and when people see you with your little book they are curious and want to see what you are seeing. I don’t mind talking to strangers, I’m pretty open and my husband will tell you that the best part about traveling with me is that I always meet people.
The hard part is sharing what I’ve painted. I don’t know of any artist (of any medium) who doesn’t feel a little twinge when they share their art. I know my sketching is rough, maybe my colors and composition are totally off, why do you have to look?, this is just my little way of enjoying myself, and maybe I just plain suck. These are all thoughts I have when I get asked what I’m painting. But I show them every time. Since everyone I met on our trip saw these I thought I’d share them with all of you.
And finally as we drove home through WA and OR–which is a lot of dry dusty terrain.