Saturday, October 9, 2010

Filling the Well

Those familiar with Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way will understand the concept of "filling the well".  Julia recommends a weekly "artist's date", to renew the supply of images and inspiration used up as we go about creating things.  I think of this as fuelling of creative fire.

A trip to unfamiliar shores is like an extended artist's date, and I'm recently back from three weeks in Spain and Portugal.  I won't inflict our tourist snaps on you, but I will say that to lovers of art, history and architecture Spain is a goldmine.

One of the things I cherish about such a trip is a break from the familiar.  I took very few art supplies; aside from travelling carry-on, who has time to create when there is so much to see?  I made a small journal to capture travel moments, itinerary details, etc. and took a black drawing pen thinking that a Zentangle would make good airplane amusement.  I collected lots of ephemera and will make a travel journal with some of the pictures my husband took.

Here's a Zentangle from my journal:

Bird Brain


  1. Oh, I wish you would inflict your tourist snaps, I love them! I bet that was an amazing trip.

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip Susan. You do Zentangle very well, me not so much.