Any seasoned traveler can perform ‘travel math’ computations. ‘Florida summer weather pattern‘ plus ‘late night flight‘ equals ‘travel delay‘. Luckily, I had my sketchbook and pen with me to help pass the time. While my flight was delayed, I had the opportunity to sketch other people making connections.
Connecting with an iPhone
Thirteen years ago, we built our house in a new development where an orange grove once thrived. We moved from an established neighborhood carved out of the woods in Ormond Beach, to a quiet street with new sod, sapling oak trees, and no wildlife to speak of other than the gator who lived in the lake behind our house. Slowly, over the past decade, the trees began to mature, and life followed. First, the ebony crows appeared, then the grey mourning doves and mocking birds. The armadillos and possums were followed by an explosion of scampering squirrels—still all shades of grey. Just this spring, the vibrant red cardinals and the brilliant blue jays arrived. Now our neighborhood has a little color that’s accompanied by wonderfully melodious songs. Orlando is finally starting to feel a little more like home.
“A Little Color”–Watercolor Pencil–From my Sketchbook
If I were going to be stranded on a desert island and could only take one item with me, I would leave behind my beloved lip gloss and mascara, and grab my sketchbook. When I have access to my sketchbook, I can create. Whether it’s a doodle, sketch, or gesture, putting pen to paper makes time fly. I keep a sketchbook on the kitchen table, and one in my studio, but my favorite sketchbook is portable, fits in my tote bag, and accompanies me on all of my journeys–including any unplanned future trips to desert islands.
Today, my sketchbook is keeping me company in the airport. Crying babies, restless children, and angry travelers make for an interesting experience at the gate. I’m recording impatient people, uncomfortable chairs, luggage, and my own hand, which is always available for posing. We are facing long delays, but that’s okay. I won’t be bored. I have my sketchbook.
One-minute gestures from my sketchbook–Orlando International Airport