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November 29, 2008

Travel Companion



Traveling the world sketching is a great thing to do. There is a problem though. I am married and my wife is not an artist. We very early on had to work it out so that I could spend a few hours a day drawing. My wife is very organized. the first time we traveled overseas she had the entire days planned out. The problem was, she hadn't figured in my drawing. At the end of the first day she asked why I seemed so sad. I said I don't want to visit ten museums or old buildings where so and so supposedly lived. I need to draw. She didn't really understand and sort of took it personally. She started to do some things on her own. I would draw and tell her where she could meet me later. Over time she started to like this new arrangement better. She would go shopping or get a massage. Sometimes she would visit out of the way joints only she cared about. When we would return home I always had a ton of great drawings of our trip. Her family and friends would freak out over the drawings. They would tell her how amazing it was to have these drawings instead of stupid vacation photos like everyone else has. I could see Yun liked that I was different. She has really come to appreciate my Urban Sketching. Plenty of time is allotted for me to do it and as a result both of us are happier. The point I'm trying to make is that I had to fight in order to have my drawing time. Too many people just give up their time and make excuses. Well I have a kid or traveling is too hard or it's raining. I can't live that way. It was basically this is as important as breathing to me. We got over our little rough patch and believe it or not my wife even started to draw and paint too. She took up knitting as well. Art is now a vital part of our everyday life.

10 comments :

gabi campanario said...

you are a lucky man! i have to sketch too when i travel, that's just the way it is, and also have a supportive wife and kids. i hope when my kids grow up they'll be urban sketchers too.

Tommy Kane said...

You know they will.

4ojos said...

Im a lucky man also as I travel with another artist!

Tommy Kane said...

The trick is to do it with someone who is not.

zhenia said...

oh, I had to come through all this time-organize things,too! Just to send her shopping, or watch castles and ancient ruins while I draw a street dixieland band.... Because it really feels depressing after a whole day without sketching. Thank you for sharing the story and those great drawings.

Tommy Kane said...

I was depressed too.

Nina Johansson said...

We do the same thing. M goes to see something he likes, I go sketching, and in the evening we have lots of stories to share.
We usually manage to find a few things to do together as well.
If we don´t do it this way during our travels, we both get cranky ´cause we both have to compromise too much.

Tommy Kane said...

Perfectly put Nina.

Liz Steel said...

Thanks for the post (great sketches too!) Although I try to sneak some sketching time when travelling with others "I'll meet you at the corner in 10 minutes" it is best to have a number of hours apart to do some serious sketching - as that quick sketch always takes 15 minutes! The great thing about splitting up is that you both have great stories to tell in the evening.
Thanks also, for the tip a while back about getting big image sizes!

Lorrie Baumann said...

Responding to your caption about what the Austrians said when they stopped to watch you drawing: It was probably "Ausgezeichnet!"
Which means "Excellent!"
Your drawing makes that a very easy guess -- it's wonderful!