One of the downsides (and blessings) of a nomadic life, is that one cannot hoard stuff. Detaching from material possessions is a prerequisite for a successful nomadic life.
Even though we have several times dramatically thinned out our earthly possessions, there are a few cherished items that we have somehow managed to hold onto. The best of Peta’s paintings, photo albums and surprise, boxes of sketchbooks, which we thought we had lost somewhere in between moves.
We recently, while in Chicago visiting family, stumbled upon a trove of years of Peta’s sketchbooks, which travelled from Chicago to Nicaragua and then back again.
There are piles and piles of sketchbooks with (mostly Peta’s) drawings and painted sketches done over the years when we both almost always had a pen/pencil and sketchbook in our hands. It was a way for us not only of recording our visual experiences, but as well it provided an opportunity to slow down and be in the moment.
Here below, a sample of 78 sketches, in 12 different locations
Here is a selection of what we found in these long lost sketch books….
2000 ~ Venice, Italy
2000 ~ Firenze, Italy
2001 ~ Chicago, U.S.
2001 ~ Kansas City, U.S.
2002 ~ Paris, France
2002 – Antibes, France
2002 – Marbella and Ronda, Spain
2005 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
2003 ~ Buenos Aires, Argentina and Colonia, Uruguay
Buenos Aires has a beautiful cemetery ~ “Ricoletta”, with noteworthy sculptures.
2004 ~ Cuzco, Sacred Valley, Peru
Ben’s sketches ~
Ben was also sketching, and using pastels, while on long international business flights…
A palace in Abu Dhabi
….and others were done al fresco, …. such as in Venice, Italy, sketching together.
Our sketches were our (visual) diaries ~ Vignettes in pencil, charcoal, pen, pastel and water color which provide a peek into our lives pre Green Global Trek adventures.