Friday, June 30, 2017

To Travel Is To Discover

Travel Art journal Week 1 Feb 2017  12x16"  by Meera Rao

These are sketches from my trip to India in February -- I did these in brushpens, ink and watercolor for my grandkids and emailed the jpegs every few days. These sketches were just little vignettes of each day that I thought they might enjoy. I also kept another small Japanese accordian sketchbook. 

Listening to the news of travel ban decision from Supreme court, I suddenly remembered my sketches - that we were at Washington DC Dulles International Airport departing on our long planned trip to India on that day of the initial Travel Ban Executive Order. We were anxious, so we drove to the airport well in advance of the departure time and fortunately had a smooth flight out.  The departure terminals only had people traveling out but there were lots of loud demonstrators by the arrival gates protesting the ban and many brave volunteers who were there to offer help for the stranded passengers. After our return I got busy and the sketch books got put away.  Looking back, these sketches were my way of dealing with the anxiety, uncertainty and excitement of travel.

To travel is to discover everyone is wrong about other countries.
-Aldous Huxley 


Carol Blackburn said...

Hi Meera, I'm glad everything went smoothly for your travel and return. It must have felt strange seeing the airport in that condition. Scary times we live in and getting more scarier every day. Wonderful sketches. I'm glad they keep you relaxed.

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Carol! I am glad too --it was/is nerve racking :( sketching is my release I suppose!

padmaja said...

This is a great way to connect to grand kids Meera, hope I can do it one day too!

Meera Rao said...

Thanks Padmaja! I hope you will too -- you could start doing them now so they will have a ton of sketches from you :)

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