Traveling Things

I have arrived in Istanbul, the last station of my journey before I come back to Berlin, and it occurred to me to take stock of my stuff. Not a packing list, but an incomplete record of changes in my baggage:

Things lost

  • 1 Jumper
  • 4 Waterbrushes
  • 1 Rotring Art Pen
  • 1 Pentel Brushpen
  • 2 Pentel Graphgear Propeller Pencils
  • 1 Swim Suit
  • 2 Hats
  • 1 Umbrella
  • 2 Squirrel Mop Brushes
  • 1 Kajal
  • Unknown number of Pencils
  • 1 MP3 Player

Things broken/worn out

  • 1 Folding Chair
  • 1 T-Shirt
  • 1 Pair of Trousers
  • 1 Camera Case
  • 1 Pair of Headphones (repairable, I think)
  • 2 Jumpers
  • 1 Utility belt

Things stolen

  • 1 lightweight hammock

Things left behind

  • 1 Camping Stool
  • 1 Backpack that didn’t fit well
  • 1 Eric Newby, A Short Walk to the Hindukush

Things I sent home

  • 2 Full Sketchbooks
  • 1 Towel (replaced by a tıny camping towel)
  • 1 Leather Bag (replaced by Urban Sketchers Symposıum freeby bag, taking up much less space and much lighter)
  • 1 “Turner in Venice”
  • 1 Alain de Botton, “The Art of Travel”
  • 1 Karl Marx, “Kapital 1.1”
  • 1 Bill Bryson, forgot the title
  • 1 Book with sketches and drawings by Charles Rennie Mcintosh
  • 1 (wrecked) T-Shirt, only useful as padding for the books
  • x empty sketchbooks and art supplies I decided I didn’t need after all

Gifts received

  • The Bryson Book
  • Freebies at the Symposium
  • Some money
  • Lots of food and some weeks’ worth of lodging
  • Most of the transport between Scotland and Venice

Things bought

  • 2 Squirrel mop brushes
  • 2 Sketchbooks
  • 2 Propellerpencils
  • 1 Folding chair
  • 1 Backpack
  • 1 Camera case
  • 1 Pairs of shorts
  • 1 Top
  • 1 Blouse
  • 1 Dress
  • 1 Belt
  • 1 Scarf
  • 3 Hats
  • 1 Pair of shades
  • >4 Books
  • 2 Tubes of Acrylic paınt
  • 2 Tubes of gouache
  • 1 Fabriano Journal (sadly, as I noticed when it was too late, not one of the “Artists'” journals)
  • 1 Lighter (to light a fire in a fireplace in Scotland)
  • 1 Raincoat/jacket
  • 4 Pads of watercolor paper
  • 1 Umbrella
  • x art supplies: nib pen, nibs, ink
  • 4 waterbrushes
  • Pigma Micron pens: 02, 035
  • Copic Fineliner 01

To my surprise still with me are my trainers, worn literally every day since  19 July, and my phone, 8 years old and already partially broken when I started out.

4 Responses to “Traveling Things”

  1. I love how you exaggerated the perspective in the buildings. The flow of your contour lines in the people sketches are just beautiful and fluid.

  2. Thank you, Marlene!

  3. Hi Oona- great that you are back home and all the best for the big scanning job. Love all sketch sketches/ paintings and really enjoyed reading your lists!!!!

  4. Thank you, Liz! I admire how you seem to get these things done so quickly, the sketching and finishing of pages as well as the scanning…

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