Portfolio > Travel Drawings/Paintings


When Cynthia and I travel I draw/paint and she takes photos.
This drawing seems a good way to begin the Travel Drawing section because it began a trip for us too.
The drawing was done during a long breakfast on the first day of a river trip from Amsterdam to Budapest.
I "borrowed" a pen from the front desk and folded my boarding pass into 1/4ths thinking I'd do a little drawing on the back to begin our trip. Very casual. Then as the morning passed I refolded the paper and continued to draw...first breakfast from the prow of the boat with pen and paper and then it was lunch time. Wonderful.

This section of Travel Drawings enclose two memories for me.
First is of the place we were and second is my experience of doing the drawing, was it easy, was there coffee, were we hiking and I sat a while to draw.

Reviewing these drawings for the website reminds me I've a predilection for a few elements of making art that have continued in my work over the years. What are the marks like on the paper that progress to become a drawing. So pattern or texture, because of their direction or repetition, are organizing the drawing by creating movement and order.
These are words on a page. Maybe they don't make sense right away. I think the visual elements show in the work if you look for them.
I see the marks, texture, and pattern in my translucent porcelain pieces, landscapes and still life paintings too.

While putting together the website I recognized the text to the right of the drawings is often ideas that were previously unconscious thoughts.
They did not come so formally to mind when I was making the decisions about what to draw, or how to start the drawing.
Those choices were usually pretty intuitive yet thoughtful. Enjoy.