Recently Dreamland has been on the move. First we relocated to Tropical Far North Queensland which was full of inspiring natural wonder. Then we hopped on a super long flight and have set up in Europe for a few weeks where basically everywhere I look there’s a beautiful building, awe-inspiring artwork or an ancient wonder.
Travel charges you up and makes you say things like “I could make my own statue of David at home out of plasticine!” or “I wonder if I could paint like Carravagio?” Or maybe it’s just me…
But this sensory overload can leave me a little scattered; what am I supposed to do with all of this foreign inspiration? Do I come up with a tropical themed dinner party complete with decorations from the garden? Or do I redecorate my home in a more baroque style?
Do I try my hand at drawing? I always see people sitting in galleries sketching statues or taking notes on the techniques of the masters. Could that be me?
I found a cute idea on Pinterest where you make a keepsake box that looks like a book and keep it in your bookshelf. En masse they look pretty sweet, and just think of all the ways you could theme your books; make them look like a novel, cover them in a flag, or the place name could be written in the native language. But am I a keepsakes person? These days I throw away all tickets and papers (if they aren’t already digital) and I rarely print out photos or buy postcards. But I guess I could…
Then there is old faithful photography. Photography is a little uninspired to me because everyone seems to be all over it (I’m so cliche!). Snap a photo of an amazing old building with a beautiful blue sky behind it, print it and frame it. Voila! However, for photography I think you have to get a little deeper and make it a long term project. I always love a theme that’s either super specific or weird. Or both. Just like Carpets for Airports. Who doesn’t want to see airport carpets from around the world?
I like the idea of linking all of the places you go with everyday things. I’ve been thinking about taking photos of the same things in each place I travel to, like lamp posts or footpaths or post boxes or even doors. Things that are all over the world but done differently everywhere. I could even add in a little research to find out the reasons behind regional design differences. Or maybe I should reign in the nerd factor?
Hopefully I can figure out what to do with myself and the muse of travel before I’m back at home on my couch watching Netflix.
Wish me luck and let me know if you have any artsy-travel ideas.
Kirby in Dreamland