Creating art in a moving vehicle.

Like many other artists, I do not like been taken away from my studio, just in case I am inspired to do something – and that something would have to be done now!  So when I have to go visiting, which I do enjoy, I try to combine art and the trip.

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Flower Design

I find travelling eats into precious time, and time is precious, so lately I have taken to drawing in the vehicle and before I know it, I have reached my destination!!  It’s amazing how time flies!

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African Village (Can you find the broom?)

Sometimes I find old discarded art in my drawing book, and I just recycle it, as you can see in the above pic.  For some reason, road trips really get my creative juices flowing.

Lizard Design

My favorite medium on road trips is coloured pens, for obvious reasons.  No mess, no fuss. I work on A4 size paper, as this size fits on my lap and is easier to control.

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Bird on a Rose

Drawings that have lots of detail, like flowers, and that need a steadier hand in the coloring process, I will continue once I have found a desk to work on.

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This pic I drew and colored in its entirety in the car and it came out okay.  Drawing straight lines is occasionally possible, so I just have to accept the shaky lines, and the image takes on a character of its own.

As I look down when drawing and really get involved in the creative process, I always tell the driver to warn me when we are about to hit a pothole in the road as this would definitely spoil my image!  A WORD OF CAUTION:  Do not try this if you suffer from motion sickness.


Getting ready for a road trip, drawing paraphernalia tied with string – ready to go! Always place this little bundle within arms reach.  You don’t want to have to climb seats to get into the depths of the car boot.

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