Sri Lanka, a very special island that travellers, from Sinbad to Marco Polo, dreamed about. Join me on my next art travel adventure...Read More
In being a tourist, I find that I focus on what comes next...
But, in being a traveling artist, I am always able to concentrate
my mind on the present.
There is something Zen about Art Travel.
This was the first time I had visited the northern part of Sri Lanka. It was a place where you could imagine a simple life. Sitting and painting happily in nature with the music of birds. Surrounded by Buddhist Temples, wandering monks and just the smell of quiet... Magical.
Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka's first capital city and one of Sri Lanka's most important cities. This ancient city is considered sacred to the Buddhist culture and boasts many monasteries and Buddhist temples.
Sri Lanka is a naturally appealing location.
My intention of capturing the moment on canvas was joyful and I was fully engaged in it. then suddenly my leg was burning in pain! What??? An ant bite! Could be worse, I say to myself. Then suddenly a peacock in full glory walks by... back to the moment...
Anuradhapura would be a wonderful place to go as a bird watcher or nature photographer. in fact, there are tours just for that! My goal is to set up an art travel tour where I can share these magical places with you in real life. You'd have the enjoyment of painting in a new and fascinating land with little discomfort. Learn and create to the sound of peacocks and eagles.
It's so enjoyable when the locals come and share their fresh chai with you and the driver brings Sri Lankan String Hoppers for breakfast right to your painting location.
Here are a few photos of the local wildlife.
Painting on location at one of the ruins.
I truly am challenged by plein-air painting, but it is a great way to improve your speed and accuracy in your work. I encourage
everyone to try it.
Here, I did a quick study of the rain tree as they always remind me of Dr Seuss images!
This was located in the middle of the grounds surrounded by ruins of buildings that would have housed the monks many 100's of years before.
Please let me know if you have any comments, suggestions, or questions...
My next post will be focused on the Temples, monks and culture... please check back again.
Fishing Harbour near Negombo Beach, Sri Lanka.
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“The gladdest moment in human life,
me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
– Sir Richard Burton
Over the past 20 years, I've had the privilege of experiencing new cultures while living with my family in Asia. We spent a total of 7 years in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and India. Life in these countries was fascinating, enervating and mind-expanding.
But my greatest experiences have included creating ART during my travels. Being on the move, drawing and painting has given me a lot of joy. This type of experience creates a special feeling of freedom. It awakens your senses and makes you feel alive.
With this travel blog, I want to share some of my experiences with you. Join us here vicariously or join us on our next adventure.
The first adventure I will take you on is from 2016. I traveled around Sri Lanka and enjoyed the Buddhist culture, amazing temples, lush vegetation and the kind nature of the locals...