What is the Art of Travel?
My name is Tony. After many years of traveling and lugging a camera around my neck and hanging from my shoulders I decided to give the sketchpad a try. I began in 1993 on my honeymoon to Barrancas de Cobre with my wife Joan. The barrancas, also known as Copper Canyon, are in Mexico, in the state of Chihuahua.
Please remember, all images are © Anthony Galván III. Any use requires written permission.
For the occasion I had received a diary. I took along some color pencils and started out the trip with this page.
The honeymoon started out with a bad note. The Chihuahua Airline airplane was grounded and of course, there were not other flights out until the next day.
I manged to find an AeroMexico flight that was leaving later in the evening and that's the way it was for us.
Our time in the canyon was full of adventure, just look at the transportation and the hotel.
A few years later we made a trip out east to Washington, DC. Again, I took the diary along; but this time I had some felt tip pens.
This was getting to be fun. The next big trip was to Africa. And, even though I carried close to 30 pounds of camera gear and 200 rolls of film some of our favorite memories are relived with my sketches, made while riding a bus across Zambia or waiting in the bush for our companions to catch up with us.
The plane trip from Atlanta to Cape Town, color pencil © Anthony Galván III
A few more trips came and went. One to Paris and London for my wife, Joan's 50th birthday. Despite the many photos I took it was the pencil and ink sketches that seem to bring back the memories.
Color pencil © Anthony Galván III
And then I tried ink and really surprised myself! The Seine, department storefront, Norte Dame on Christmas Eve and the front of our hotel, le Hotel Angleterre on Rue Jacob. Color pencil
Notre Dame - felt tip pen © Anthony Galván III
You can see the changes in my drawing style change, especially after I decided to go back to drawing and painting. Our last trip to Europe was to Italy to witness the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. I had fun here with watercolor, color pencil and felt tip pen.
Galileo's telescope in Florence, the Tuscan countryside and the rooftops of Volterra. Color pencil © Anthony Galván III
The Towers of San Giminagno, Tuscany - color pencil © Anthony Galván III
Saint Mark's Plaza, Venice. Felt tip pen © Anthony Galván III
As you can see I started out just doing this for fun and now it's part of every trip my wife and I take. Just a little bit of art training helps if you want to work in watercolor or color pencil.
Let me know what you think. I will begin this blog in earnest with some detailed pieces and commentary of the location. Some of these observations are over thirty years old!
So, the Art of Travel is twofold, the art you create on your travels and the art of traveling; comfortably, safely and always with a hint of the unknown or surprise around the corner.
This is what I will talk about. But, I will also talk about traveling with a digital camera. Why? Because the digital camera has brought about its own perils on the road and most people don't become aware of them until it's too late.
If you wish to see photos from some of these trips visit http://www.dosgatos.com/travel or go to these specific pages:
Africa - this was a total solar eclipse trip
Italy - this was the transit of Venus trip
Paris & London - this was a 50th birthday trip
Other trips that will follow will include Yellowstone National Park, Death Valley and Copper Canyon.
Let me hear from you.