Tuesday, July 7, 2009

my place of reflection


this week's corner view is 'place of reflection' and i can't think of a better place than the highway. i love everything about road trips: the preparation, my stop for coffee before getting on the interstate, the unexpected finds along the way, the soothing predictability of counting miles from one exit to the next, thinking, dreaming, listening to just the right music, and of course, looking forward to the arrival. i think i would have made a good trucker or courier (or maybe not, seeing that i've left behind a few goods in my fervor). at the very least, driving on the open highway is yoga for my mind...

46 comments:

Anairam said...

I also find driving very relaxing - a place where I can let my mind drift (while of course keeping the essential part of it on the road!) But I have to say that I hate driving (or just being in a car) when it is raining. Nope, I do not like that at all ...

Demara said...

you're leaving and we just returned how ironic.

hope you have a blast along the road.

tip- don't take a mini-van, an older one, up an FSR because the van might just have a small transmission leak that you'll find out about while up high in the mountain on the Forest Service Road :)

MODsquad said...

Totally! Couldn't agree more. I love getting lost in a day dream or a song or listening to the choir in the backseat!

Happy Day!

Ces said...

Aha! I see you are discarding your suitcases. This must be a trip of renewal! Good for you! Travel light and travel safely! Have fun and don't put the cofee between your thighs, it might spill and burn you!

heather smith jones said...

{i'm afraid i don't understand what corner view is. is it a group where participants post an artwork based on a theme?}

i like picking up a coffee, actually a latte, before a road trip too. a little treat for the miles.

Jodi said...

meeee too. i was thinking of posting a pic of my car.

Nina Crittenden said...

I always imagine that the music on the radio is the soundtrack of my movie! Happy trails!

painted fish studio said...

i couldn't agree more, i just love road trips, even ones thru iowa!

steve said...

Yes indeed Aimee! Road trips can be a wonderful experience and you summed it up so well for me here as well. Beautifully done!

MisterE said...

Great post, there is nothing as peaceful as the open road. Keep on Truckin'!

zahra said...

your doodle convinced me!! i've been dying to take a road trip to sao paulo. i've never been by car. and i want to do it before i leave back to the states! anywhere civilized from where i currently live IS a road trip! and i love them too!

joanne said...

i just love road trips... oh the music playing, the sunroof open, the sun shining, and that sort of just empty mind feeling you get... being free from everything...

love love love this

xo

trinsch said...

i love driving too :) especially in the passenger seat on highways. listening to good music, chit chatting a bit, but mainly just looking ahead. in every sense of the word.

thanks for updating me on weekwork!

soulbrush said...

it has been so interesting to me how many of you across the pond go on 'road trips' for a holiday! what! i can think of nothing worse....

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

I can't say I like the roads... but... in fact, it's a great place to let the mind travel !!!

Nice and funny drawing and corner view !!!

Bonnie said...

you are so creative !! i love visiting your blog !

Tita Mama said...

Hi, Aimee! Your posts are so inspiring! I love road trips, too. But I want to be the passenger, not the driver! Yoga for my mind--love that! Peggy.

L'Atelier said...

i love road trips, but rather be the passenger. yoga for my mind is any kind of moving, driving or walking.

i still haven't managed to join the corner view- think i am to dumb, i always think ill do it next week then i loose the link again... would you terribly mind sending it (AGAIN!) and whats the word this week, am painting at the moment maybe i manage to do that...sorry am a bit slow on this

happy day!

Cate said...

oh, interstate driving is completely meditative. great illustration... your road trip looks like a party.

May said...

Generally I dislike driving, but road trips do have a certain zen about them that is calming and pleasing.

●• Tiny Red said...

since i haven't driven in donkeys (y'ears'), i can't really comment... but all the same, a place of reflection is always necessary :::)

malo said...

I agree. But my kids don't like road trips at all so I take small ones by myself. Playing my favourite music. Love your art - as always.

Cris Siqueira said...

i love road trips too!!!

i wish you a great trip!!

Dorte said...

You are so right ... love your art!

caitlin said...

You and my husband would get along. He loves to drive. Which makes it nice for me on roadtrips. :)

(Love the artwork as usual)

Joyce said...

road trips are a great way!!! I love them too. xoxo

suzanne cabrera said...

So true... I especially love a road trip when the destination is a good one!

Liz said...

Aaaah a good road trip... just got back from one, they are so freeing.. hair blowing in the wind, all the right tunes, good conversation (if one is not travelling solo) and the feel of the tires on the road.

Katrina said...

oh, i agree. and yet the eco side of my brain feels so guilty. i read somewhere that our brainwaves actually change while doing repetitive tasks and/or in streaming scenery like driving. enjoy!

Stephanie Kim said...

youre illustrations are beautiful!

jane said...

i totally agree! love the illustration with the post! happy travels! besos-jane

Jenell said...

I am a road tripper, too. I like to pack light and be rid of mundane chores and responsibilities. To connect with the earth and sky, and meet new people along the way. We're off, too! Have fun....

Scatterbrain Tal said...

I so agree with you Aimee!
The most wonderful way to let all of your thoughts flow...
I need something like that.:)

travelingmama said...

I Love this!! I just posted photos of us escaping on the highway! I feel so much the same!

kendalee said...

I don't drive (I know, weird!) but I LOVE a road trip so much! Your drawing perfectly captures the fun and freedom of it... Lovely!

alissa said...

im with you! i find driving strangely theraputic for almost any mood im in.

kj said...

what a great way to look at driving, aimee. when i'm not in a rush, a circumstance i sometimes force on myself, for me too this is a time to unwind and just 'be.' of course, my good friend laurel (studio lolo) has just finished a grueling cross country trip, her animals in tow, and she would probably use the word 'exhausting' just about now.

keep those colors and words coming. you do it like noone else...

xo

cactus petunia said...

Have fun on your trip! And when you get back, stop by my blog...I've nominated you for an award!

http://campcactus.blogspot.com

Thanks for being such a creative inspiration. I love your blog!

oneartistjournal said...

Views seen from the moving box are crucial to a GOOD ride...I like the artwork accompanied.

oneartistjournal said...

Views seen from the moving box are crucial to a GOOD ride...I like the artwork accompanied.

ninainvorm said...

I know what you mean... I'm a poor driver, but at long distances on a quiet highway with my favorite music I feel completely at ease...

Lynn Fisher said...

I love driving...especially AWAY FROM WORK!!!!
Have a wonderful time!

peggyfussell said...

I am preparing for a big road trip myself! We'll start in El Paso, zig east to Marfa, then west 'til we hit the sea.

Have a great time on your trip!

Asja said...

i love this piece , it looks so inviting, makes me want to go to a road trip too!

Megan Coyle said...

Sounds good to me :) Summertime is the perfect time for a road trip. I love the colors in this one - it's so up beat.

BT said...

I used to love driving anywhere but since I take my current medication, it makes me sleepy and I can't drive for too long without my eyes starting to close. A real nuisance. Loved your post, I'll share your drive instead!