Locating Writing And Painting Subjects


Even if you aren’t hitting the road for a summer vacation, there is an unlimited source of material for both writing and painting thanks to Google Maps. The 360° view makes finding just the right scene easy.

Googles Images is another source for inspiration.

Yesterday, I went to Glencoe, Scotland.

Tomorrow it will be Provence.

I think it will be Fiji at the weekend.

Not only can I paint these locations, but I can write about them even if only to practice my use of descriptive language. A travel journal might be a good combination of the two. A little prose next to a watercolor sketch sounds like a great way to fill a Stillman & Birn journal. So those are my travel plans for summer. What are yours?


  1. Another one of your brilliant ideas, dear Inkophile. Thanks to the Legrees I work for, I’ll have exactly two long weekends this summer: the Maine coast and… Hartford! Sitting on my roof deck writing about a week in Provence, glass of pastis nearby for verisimilitude, sounds like an excellent idea.


    • Using a writer’s eye from your deck allows for limitless adventures. Provence could be just the beginning.


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