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-- 02 April, 2005 --

IF 'Travel' Challenge

Wat Jet Lod
Lead pencil on cartridge paper
During a trip to Thailand in January 2001 I took up drawing. I had been going to Thailand for a number of years and become interested in the teachings of the Buddhist belief system, particularly the concept of living in the moment. During this trip I realised that I had seen and done a lot in this country but had never taken the opportunity to sit and contemplate.

The Poet and I went shopping at a stationary shop and purchased some paper and pencils and set out for the temples. This time, instead of rushing around with the rest of the tourists, we stopped and sat. We breathed the hot, dry air and listened to the quiet tinkle of the temple bells. We tried to see the images around us by putting them down on our paper.

This pencil sketch, made in the grounds of Wat Jet Lod - the Temple of Seven Spires - represents the beginning of my journey as an artist. It is a record of my travels to Thailand and my journey to an inner peace, which has a very long way to go.

On the first page of the album in which I have stored photographs, journal entries and drawings from this particular trip I have the following quote. Foolishly, I have forgotten to record where I found it but it most likely from a book of buddhist teachings.

As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.

Posted by robynls at April 2, 2005 6:03 PM

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Great place to have started your journey as an artist. Very auspicious. I love the quote too.

Keep an eye on blue sky studio for Buddhas appearing over the coming weeks, it looks like you might enjoy them. There will even be the odd quote too. A strange case of synchronicity, as I also posted on Illustration Friday immediately after you today.

Posted by: Blue at April 2, 2005 7:37 PM

The writting and the picture complement each other so well making it more than one or the other by itself. Very glad you started an artists journey. Your post was a very good joice for IF theme this week.

Posted by: Jacque Davis at April 2, 2005 8:11 PM

Beautiful drawing, Robyn. You've made so much of a few lines and shapes and I love seeing the first step on your journey.
Thank you for posting this.

Posted by: Laura at April 2, 2005 9:25 PM

If only we all took a minute to sit and reflect on our surroundings. Your description placed me there.

Posted by: Bonnie at April 2, 2005 10:23 PM

Kind of another "grow where you are planted" theme. Thank you Robyn for sharing your talents.

Posted by: Bex at April 2, 2005 10:44 PM


I love this quote and will place it in my journal so my daughter can find it and enjoy it years from now. It is a great reminder to us all.


Posted by: Kathleen at April 2, 2005 11:13 PM

Oh! This is really beautiful. Such a gentle tenderness is present here. It's very peaceful. Thank you for sharing this part of yourself here, Robyn. :-)

Posted by: kymberlee at April 3, 2005 1:00 AM

You inspired me to dig up a journal drawing from one of my trips that touches on the idea of taking a moment and really seeing where I am.
I really like your Buddha art!
;~) Sharon

Posted by: sharon at April 3, 2005 5:29 AM

Beautiful drawing and the quote is perfect.

Posted by: janey at April 5, 2005 10:40 AM

Great sketch ! I like the detail on the brickwork in the background. :-)

Posted by: steve at April 5, 2005 1:03 PM

Everyone has said it all ... thanks for reminding me about 'here and now'.

Posted by: Anonymous at April 5, 2005 8:41 PM

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