Friday, September 12, 2008

"Midwest Travelin'...Part 1

First off...
This is my first and only illustrated travel journal...ever.
And, so as not to disappoint anyone,
it is NOT at all exotic...
nor is it filled with wondrous architectural monuments,
or glorious vistas.
It's pretty much a mundane visual diary...a record of
the things, the appointments, the chores, and the everyday matters
that keep us all busy day after day.

I really had a great time completing this journal.
I hope you will enjoy looking though its pages with me.
And so we begin... (click on images to enlarge)

August 12...departing from Phoenix Sky Harbor
en route to Chicago O'Hare
and on to the rich farm country of Dekalb County in northern Illinois.

The sky that morning was simply glorious...the sun was just rising

and everything was awash in corals and lavenders...

It was simply stunning.

Waiting at the gate is always an interesting experience.

Since our flight was delayed a bit I had plenty of time to sketch!

I put my actual baggage tags in my sketch book.

More installments of my journal will be posted daily...stay tuned! :)

14 comments:

Sandi said...

Oh...I really love the colours and how the page is completely filled.... I also get a strong sense of the two or three things that were standing out to you. It really communicates. I had never thought to do one before but this is appealing. Thanks!

Teri C said...

What fun pages! I do this also and those pages bring back such wonderful memories later on. I think people in airports are SO interesting!

Cathy (Kate) Johnson said...

VERY cool! Love your sketches (and I put my baggage claim tickets in my sketchbooks, too!)

Shirley said...

I originally starting sketching because I wanted to make travel journals, so I can't wait to see all of your pages. I love your work - your style - and can't wait to complete the trip with you! When I started the first of my 3 London sketchbooks, I too was conflicted because I wasn't sure how to balance a sense of the place (i.e. the important vistas, buildings, etc) with the reality of our trip - and finally decided that I wanted a visual journal more than anything else and sometimes those other more lofty sites would be included just because they were part of our day and I had time. Thanks so much for sharing.

kazumiwannabe said...

Your pages are great! I love how the different things blend on the pages, and your composition and colors are always so beautiful! The page with the cropped view of your bag and the tickets looks very cool!

Barbara Weeks said...

Great pages! I can't wait to see more.
I think I like to sketch because it raises the everyday matters to interesting and (almost) exotic levels.

Spinneretta said...

I love travel journals... they are fascinating. Funnily enough, I think it evokes MORE about a place than photos really can :)
(Unless you are a talented photojournalist ;) of course).
I love, love, love the lavender morning :)

Anita Davies said...

Oh anyone can bring back postcards of the touristy buildings and monuments, a travel journal is more than that..It is YOUR trip through YOUR eyes and you have managed, in your unmistakable style, to create an essence of where you have been and what appealed to YOU!
Marvellous work!

john.p said...

I'm smilin', Margaret! I finally get to set back and follow someone else's travel journal as it progresses. Love what you're doing. These may not be your typical intricate style, but I still see Margaret in them. You view the world with some specially tinted glasses, one of a kind.

Sandy said...

Yowsa, such lively, colorful pages, you are a Fantastic travel journaler!!!

Brenda Y said...

Wonderful pages! One of the characteristics I absolutely love about your art is your colors -- they are so clean and vibrant! So. . . was the lady with the flower in her hair coming home from HI?! Does make one wonder. . .

Starr said...

It's Glorious! I love all the colors and how you used your baggage tags. I loved the yogurt drink too:)! I am looking forward to more. It is about "everyday".

Jennifer Lawson said...

Margaret—These are so cool! You have done a wonderful of journaling your airport travel experience. Can't wait to see more.

Nina Johansson said...

Fantastic pages, Margaret. I love the layering with those EAN codes (or whatever they´re called...) glued in, and the colours. Inspiring!