|From a friend's garden in California|
I've been using the same book now for 20 years to make sketches of places I visit, whether it's up the road or across the ocean. (I had a duplicate book strictly for home scenes for many years ... until I filled it up. Petunias in my garden, newly dyed Easter eggs, rainbow chard from the farmers' market. That sort of thing.)
Besides being able to review my various trips, I find my travel sketch book a wonderful diary. What year was it I went off to Scotland, I ask myself? And there it is: 1998. Or I simply browse through the pages and enjoy such renderings as a calm morning sea in Maine, a celadon bowl in a D.C. museum. The book is small, easy to carry, with an attached pen-holder. As well, I keep a few stubs of colored pencils in a tiny tin box that fits into my pocket. There's little to carry, nothing to weigh me down.
|Here she is in all her glory.|
|Except for the little tin box with lid on the right, everything else stays home.|
It's all great fun and, as I say, a lovely reminder of just where and when I went and what I saw.
|Coronation Chair, Westminster Abbey|
|Diamond Head, Waikiki|
|Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|Harbin Hot Springs, California ... with statues on the lawn. In 2015 all of Harbin Hot Springs and half the neighboring town of Middletown were reduced to ash and rubble in the Valley Fire.|
|Entry to Sena Plaza, Santa Fe|
|National Portrait Gallery, D.C. ... Gertrude Stein statue made to look like a seated Buddha|
|Regent's Park, London|
|Friend at Groton Long Point, Connecticut|