How do you prepare for a trip to Europe? By anticipating everything you can think of – hopefully all pleasurable – but certainly more pleasurable if one has planned carefully. . .and there’s the rub. How to be prepared while also being entirely open to the occurances, pleasurable or not, which are UN-anticipated, the ones you were not able to pack for or reserve ahead of time, because they just pop up and want your attention.
My aunt Betty, who used to travel the world constantly it seemed to me, had a travel motto “You are always in the right place at the right time.” which I have inscribed on my travel sketch journals. The terrific thing about the unanticipated, out of left field, 180 degree turnabouts that on a trip are simply marvelous material for a sketchbook.
But actually I had none of this in mind consciously when I did my entry in this Traveling Muse Journal for Sunday Muse group. I was reflecting on the simple pleasures that arise in my life, like catching a lizard doing push ups on a sunny rock.
And hopefully you will be able to join me for some art fun this summer – for a travel sketch workshop at the ocean in Gualala, California later this month and a Free the Creative Spirit Retreat Weekend in July. More information about the workshop can be found here.