For the past four years, my good friend Anna and I have been dreaming of taking that big ole jet airliner to Istanbul and finally, oh yes finally, it is going to happen. Isn’t it a wonderful thing when you can turn a ‘wouldn’t it be nice to’ into ‘wasn’t that fantastic when …?’ I am certain that Anna will be the most delightful of travel companions as every time I’ve visited her in Sweden I find the experience easy, fun, restful, exciting, you know, all the things that travelling and seeing friends should be.
Recently I acquired The Art of Urban Sketching, recommended by a couple very talented and lovely artist friends of mine. Several months ago, Pete had given me the wonderful gift of a self-contained watercolour paint set, compact and fit into a tin not much bigger than a post card. And so, we set out into the world of Edinburgh buildings and people and cars and streets and he very kindly helped me to discover the fun of drawing and painting on location. I have since ventured out on my own, cramming myself into a corner table with a good aspect.
There are so many things I like about this book. Of course it is chalk full of glorious illustration after glorious illustration. So many styles represented. So many hours of work and love and care gone into this. I like it that for each illustration, the author has listed materials used and time spent on each sketch. I like it that the contributors to this book are found all over the world. There were some sketches of Kansas City which I particularly enjoyed as that city was my home for two years.
I am excited about this little adventure. Life is a beautiful thing when it conspires to make great things happen. And to follow along from my previous post, this is certainly the way to live it for me. For now. Whilst my siblings are churning out nephew after nephew after nephew, I am doing my own thing and feeling grateful for the opportunity. They are growing families. I am growing adventures.
Here I am, just a handful of days away from Istanbul; my travel book, sketch pads, paint set and anticipation at the ready.