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Old 02-07-2013, 01:43 AM
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Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

I was just commenting on Marc Dalessio's wonderful paintings in Venice and it brought to mind my most excellent travelling companion. My wife and I love to travel and have been lucky enough to go many places. She's great and has been good to let me paint on a few occasions, but when we have three days in Venice before hopping on a cruise its tough for her to be generous and let me plop down for two hours to do a plein air piece (even if she knows she'll get a nice little gem for memories). I'd also love to hop on one of those amazing trips to paint in Tuscany or Provence but our travel budgets are limited (surprise, surprise) and she will always want to go with me if I'm headed off somewhere. Does anybody else have this issue and what do you do to placate your lovable companion?

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Old 02-07-2013, 05:22 AM
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

My wife take her knitting!

Generally I only do 20 minute sketches.

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:14 AM
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

My wife hates travelling but doesn't mind how much/often I travel. I suppose, afetr 63 years of marriage, she may be glad now and then to have me out of her hair !
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

Nope, she paints too.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:48 AM
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

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Does anybody else have this issue and what do you do to placate your lovable companion?
Sure! Almost everyone who travels with non-sketching companions has this issue. Here is a blog post called 'Sketching Etiquette Q&A' that might offer some useful suggestions.

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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

I just give up and take the camera, which grates on me, but it's also a battle I know I'll never win. Painting will have to be left to local scenes or a solo trip. She would have no problem with me going on a solo painting trip, for which I'm lucky she would be so understanding. Problem is, I have no money, so I won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

Shoot, we split many yrs ago, very few common interests .. Boring!
But that doesn't mean I haven't got my eyes out .. Seeking an adventuresome SoCal Plein Air woman seeking same in a decent guy!...
Hey, sounds like a new W/C subject area .. "Artist Seeking Artist"...
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

Any companion you take should have a hobby that dovetails into yours, otherwise it's a terrible situation to be put into and not very relaxing or conducive to making art. I know this sounds selfish but YOUR time is precious too! That being said I am lucky, my husband is an outdoorsman and always finds something to occupy himself while I'm painting landscapes. He likes to hike and explore. Our travel takes place in wilderness and outback areas in the southwest. We use Garmin Rhino radio GPS's to keep in communication, and it tracks both of us should we choose to separate so we can both see where the other is.
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

Good question. When we're traveling together I have to content myself w taking photos for later. I get my PA fix by doing trips around the SW w my sister, who got me into painting in the first place. We go to the Zion PA event every year, and in April will be "Painting Taos" w Michael Chesley Johnson. An entire week w several other artists, all staying together in a house Michael is renting for the occasion. Should be an amazing week!
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

Give her brushes too or a pencil and paper to draw! ..or ..

..buy her a professional camera. My husband takes photos on our trips and sometimes a photographer has to be even more patient than a plein air painter, when shooting animal/bird pictures etc. Besides, I'm lucky, my husband is a good companion for a plein air painter, he walks around for a couple of hours and then comes to see what I have done and I go: "I could stop now and finish it later at home", "no", he says, "it needs to be better now" and takes another round around the ruins. No matter rain or cold weather.
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As long as there is a Grand Piano nearby, she is content to practice her Chopin, Motzart and Beethoven for hours while I paint in the early morning light.
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

Any place that has great plein air painting generally has great hiking and photography opportunities. My spouse Trina and dog Saba will go off for 2 or more hours hiking, photographing and generally scouting out areas for me to explore the next day with my paintbrush and easel. She is my advance scout and saves me a lot of time since she has a good concept of design and composition.
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

My wife enjoys hiking, so while I sit and sketch/paint she goes off for an hour or so. She is also learning to sketch and paint plein air pen and watercolor, so perhaps I have the best of both worlds.
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Michael, I love the advance scout idea!
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Re: Painting while travelling - what to do with your spouse.

Some more ideas:
Make your painting time her "own" time too: She can read a favorite book, plan your itinerary, write postcards home, write on her diary, take a nap, organize the photos, sunbathe, shop for clothes or for souvenirs.
Plan to paint at a place that offers a tour: You can skip the tour and paint, and she can take the tour and tell you all about it later.
Agree on a time limit and stick to it, even if you are not finished... this will both buy some good will and help you become a better painter by working faster. Also, agree in advance on total painting time during the trip, for instance one half hour session every other day.
Try to paint from places of her convenience, for instance, sketching an interior scene of a cafe while she has her tea and scones, or from the hotel window while she takes a nap or a shower, or from the tour bus while you wait for passengers to load.
Plan to travel with a couple of your common friends... they can keep each other entertained while you paint the scene, and maybe them as characters on the scene (think Sargent).
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