Category: art

Artistic Inspiration: Mike Barr’s Beautiful Australian Cityscapes

I love featuring artists from around the world on this blog who do beautiful works that inspire me to travel. Today, as I was looking around online as I usually do, I discovered an awesome artist by the name of Mike Barr. His specialty is beautiful cityscapes of Australia in the rain (as well as some non-rain landscapes and paintings as well) in the impressionist style. What could be more lovely? As both an art lover (and a huge fan of impressionism) and a travel lover, I can’t stop looking at these beautiful paintings and imagining myself in the scene. I had such an amazing time in Australia and these paintings are definitely making me want to go back for another visit. Check out some of his beautiful work.


L.A.’s Norton Simon Museum is an Underrated Gem!

Located in downtown Pasadena on Colorado Blvd., the Norton Simon is a smaller, often overlooked museum. However, step inside and you’ll discover that although they are small, they pack quite the punch with an impressive collection. It’s actually one of my favorite museums in Los Angeles!

Following in the Footsteps of Constable

I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about Following in the Footsteps of Constable, a famous painter. I hope you enjoy her article!

Inspiring Artist Alert: Shell Sherree

I love art, and I love travel, so when I find out about an artist who does beautiful art that fuels my wanderlust, I’m in love. Today I want to introduce you to an artist who I have been following on Instagram for some time: Shell Sherree. This Brisbane, Australia-based artist does beautiful, whimsical drawings of delightful women (and French bulldogs!) in various situations, but I think my favorites are the sketches that feature Paris! I want to share with you a few of the pieces that I have loved…

On Keeping a Travel “Art” Journal

One thing I love doing when I travel is to keep a travel journal where I write, sketch, and glue keepsakes like train ticket stubs, pressed flowers, postcards, and anything else of interest I find along the way. I find an 8.5 x 11 hard cover sketchbook works really well for this purpose, and when I get home from a trip I have an awesome keepsake item to remember my travels by. Much better than any tourist shop nic-nac!

Illustrations of the Frustrations of Travel

I’ve mentioned on this blog a lot that I work as a graphic designer and I also do a lot of my own artwork on the side. I was going through some old sketches recently when I came across these great illustrations I did a while back for a freelance job for a travel company. They were really fun to do, and I wanted to share them here with you. Each illustration depicts a different travel frustration or situation. I really hope you enjoy them!

American Tourists in the 1970s- In Photos

I recently discovered the photography of Roger Minick, who went on a road trip around the Western United States with his wife in the late 1970s and took pictures of sightseers along the way. He is well known for his series in which he documented tourists in the National Parks around the United States and his photographs have been featured in exhibits around the world and have published in many different books. These photos do a lovely job of demonstrating the tourist fashions du jour of the period, and I would love to share a few of my favorites with you here!