words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

Art for Summer Vacations

Art for Vacations / to journey without moving

Art for Summer Vacations

It is that time of the year when we vacation or if we have
the opportunity we “Get Out and See”.  Summer
is here, and the temperature is rising. We search for that place to cool our
days and excite our senses. If we are lucky we travel to far off places and
discover ourselves anew while basking in the view of a beautiful sunrise or
sunset. We spend our afternoons lazily browsing small vintage shops, historical
sites, museums, gardens of beauty and restaurants of epicurean delights. I have
not travelled much abroad, but I am grateful to have visited both The
Netherlands and France during my 1990 group art exhibition in Deventer Holland.
These locales are wonderful places indeed, and I will never forget the
hospitality and kindness that I received throughout my journey. It is the
people that make a journey abroad so special.

Here in the states, I often carve out a weekend adventure
here or there. I enjoy outdoor activities that test my physical being, and challenge
my sense of adventure. I also like to seek out places that provide emotional
recovery through meditative contemplation and recollection.  This is vital for restoration.

I feel a great vacation should always provide moments of excitement and serenity….

What do you think? Where are some of your favorite places to
vacation? What do you seek out most when planning a vacation? Is it to find
adventure or is it to just relax? Do you prefer travels abroad or weekends
close to home? Please share your thoughts.

The art work that I have included in this post, are expressions
of the theme I call “Art for Summer Vacations”. The first piece “Vacation / a
journey without moving” is a collage of photographs I took as I travelled to the
city of Amsterdam, the town of Deventer (both in The Netherlands), the shores
of Cape Cod and Nantucket, and the mountains of North Carolina. The second
image entitled “Summer and its Warm Embrace” is a journey through mountains,
lakes and trails in  NC, SC and TN during
personal hikes and an artist residency provided by the South Carolina State
Parks.

Summer and its Warm Embrace
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4 responses

  1. I love the vibrancy of colors you used… Keep em coming. 🙂

    July 18, 2011 at 1:48 am

    • Thanks Liz,
      These two pieces were created with others for an exhibit at the North Charleston City Gallery. I always seem to work with very vibrant colors. It comes from my painting background.

      July 19, 2011 at 6:50 am

  2. I am really loving all the little towns on the East Coast just out of New York. I could go to one of them every weekend if I had the resources and I would. I’m sure there are plenty of places by you that are really beautiful too, and not so cold in the winter.

    July 21, 2011 at 12:55 am

    • I too love the charm of the northeast. I enjoyed my many visits to Vermont as well.

      July 23, 2011 at 1:45 am

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