Monday, March 18, 2013

Ferry Art

Living on an island comes with strange things attached to it. One being of course that you are away from the main land in a very literal sense. To get anywhere takes at least the ferry ride that lasts an hour and a half. This means you don't just go somewhere on a whim, because anywhere you go will take a bigger part of day (that is if you want to return on the same day), you need to plan this stuff.


Where I used to leave my hometown practically every day just to get to work or for other things like socializing or shopping or whatever, now it's not uncommon to not leave the island for weeks at a time. You just don't get around to it. If you work full time the thought of spending the weekend traveling is not so appealing really (or maybe that's just me). I'd rather go on hikes and work in my studio or read a good book (or all three) than take a ferry at 7 am to get somewhere.


But I have to admit that even this island dweller gets restless after staying here too long without interruption and that's when I leave for a while to go see the big wide world. Sometimes this happens automatically because I have a meeting somewhere for work, sometimes it's to visit family or friends, sometimes it's to go on a vacation and sometimes it's just for a day to go shopping or visit a museum.


One good thing about taking the ferry to the main land is that you have at least three hours per trip with your hands free to do whatever you want. I usually take a book, a notebook, a small sketchbook and some simple art supplies. (Then again I take those things everywhere, so nothing special really!)


Last week I went shopping in Harlingen, the town where the ferry connects to the main land. And I really felt like playing in my small sketchbook. Today you see the results of a small box of watercolour and a drawing pen during one trip. Keeping thing simple can be really fun sometimes. It's just playful nonsense and who doesn't enjoy a bit of that every once in a while?

Hope you enjoyed this peek in my ferry art and wishing you a wonderful and artsy week!

19 comments:

  1. Oh it sounds lovely. Not leaving I mean. I live in a town where I don't leave for weeks on end. My own little island. Love the map drawing.

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    1. Well, I love living where I live, but after four to six weeks of not leaving I really have to go somewhere! The map is my favorite too.

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  2. Your ferry art is wonderful, Caatje. I really like them. Going on the ferry is a great way to get in some random artwork. an hour and a half. one way. I could definitely live like that - except the part where you get on the ferry at 7... a.m. UGH

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    1. I sort of hate that part with a passion. I'm so not a morning person! Luckily they have these seats you can put backward and rest on. I don't do that all the time, but it's nice to know it's possible.

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  3. I love imagining you on the ferry with your notebook and pen and watercolors, steaming along, enjoying the view! Thanks for sharing a peek into a different lifestyle--one I, a desert dweller in The Land of Ginormous SUVs, can't even imagine.

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    1. We really do live in different worlds Ricë! ;-)

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  4. FANTASTIC IDEA!!!
    Will have to remember this when I move to Whidbey Island.
    Love your pages, very colorful.
    I really like your map too, the watercolors are beautiful. :]
    Such a happy and inspiring post!! Thank you.

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    1. Of course I immediately googled Whidbey Island. Wow! Looks gorgeous. Lucky you! It seems to be at least four times as big as Vlieland with almost 60 times as many people living there. The photo's I saw on the web were stunning.

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  5. Your playful nonsense is fabulous! Creative and great use of your time.

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  6. Ah, the romance. It all sounds like a wonderful movie! Funny, I dream of taking a month's vacation to an island somewhere.... a place where I'm almost forced to stay put and not run off somewhere. You live in such beauty! Oh, and your sketching time! How perfect is that! Love the simplicity and magical watercolors.
    Thank you for posting your journey with us!
    hugs, Chris

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    1. It is a lovely place to live indeed, I'm a lucky girl!

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  7. I love your pages in this little book, Caatje! So much loveliness, and what a great way to use your commuting time.

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