From the Hotel Bar...

I love hotel bars.

It's not for the 'bar' part necessarily, (though it certainly doesn't hurt) it's for the ebb and flow of the people, the interactions and steady buzz of excitement that permeates the room. 

EH Sherman Hotel bar

It's a slightly different vibe than a dedicated 'bar' bar. Most of these people are on holiday, they ask the desk attendants for dinner ideas, where the nearest park is, what they should see in the city.  It's a wonderful place to sit, think, write and of course, people watch.

If I'm still feeling the effects of a long flight or time change, this is where you'll find me. Too tired/discombobulated to go out and explore, I'll order a glass of wine, latte or occasional whiskey and open my notebook and just sort of freeform write. Soaking up the aura of adventure and excitement cuts right through the fog of jet lag.

I like to imagine where the other patrons might be headed to; a museum, boat tour, train to the next town. Or maybe they are just killing time with a margarita before they can check into their room and nap. Channeling that energy into ideas, some of my favorite passages were written in similar situations, just trying to stave off sleep and get a feel for the area.

Every so often someone will comment on my notebook or the tickets taped into pages. I'm a bit of an introvert, so sometimes the conversations can be a little strained - but I do generally enjoy talking to people about their vacation (and mine.)

This particular hotel bar was no different, I nursed a glass of wine for about an hour as I wrote about our time in Miami, plans for Ireland and brainstormed for a few new projects. A nice family from Morocco sat in the both next to me and asked if I knew where the train station was. Thankfully, it was about the only landmark I did actually know and we got to talking about their travels. Turns out they're headed to Miami in a few weeks for a wedding and I was able to give them some restaurant ideas.

Successfully dodging the afternoon jetlag slump, I returned to our room fresh with ideas, awash in excitement and ready for dinner.

Onto more adventure tomorrow.





Making art in Copenhagen

We arrived in Copenhagen a few days ago. It's been mostly gray, rainy and relatively cold - but that hasn't stopped us from exploring the city. Our hostel has umbrellas, so that helps.

EH Sherman - En Route to Copenhagen





Miami --> Copenhagen

Part 1 of a series about making art abroad.

We both really like Copenhagen. It's our first time in Denmark, and I am absolutely in love with the vibe of the area; modern, minimalist design and architecture - with a dash of fishing village and viking thrown in. And everyone we seem to meet is just. so. stylish. (I would say more so than Paris even!)

After taking a day to adjust to the time change, I settled into the usual pattern I adopt while away for extended periods of time.

- Wakeup. 
Eat breakfast and check on work -- make a plan for what needs to be accomplished.
-Go out and explore. Sketch, make plans, write.
- Grab a bite of lunch and head back to the hotel/hostel/airbnb.
- Work until dinner.
- Head out to find dinner and enjoy the nightlife.

This schedule seems to suit me fairly well, though I'll usually tack on one day for pure exploration, and one day devoted to just my work. It's important for me to make sure I'm not skimping on either side.

Another necessary part of me being able to work successfully abroad, is finding an art store. I tend not to bring all my paints with me on the plane, so when we get to our first destination I'll lookup the neighborhood artstore and make a little pilgrimage out.

EH Sherman Art - Copenhagen
EH SHerman Art - Brushes

Eh, I might have gone a little bit overboard. But their selection of brushes was just fantastic. In addition to these new friends I also picked up a few tubes of acrylics and a small drop cloth to protect the surfaces of our accommodations.

EH Sherman art in Copenhagen - working on the floor

The first few days are normally devoted to just soaking up the feelings of the city, learning the history, practicing some basic words in their language (or languages - I'm looking at you Brussels!) and scouting out places to paint. It's a nice way to acclimate to a new place and I'm really grateful our schedule allows us to be able to take it a bit slower, experience traveling without the rush.

Tomorrow we're headed to a few galleries and museums, and I am craving some pastries - so hopefully we can work in a bakery (or three) as well.

Do you make art while traveling? Any rules or schedule you try to stick to? (Also, anyone have any suggestions for places to eat tonight?)





#artistonvacation -- Chile!

The husband and I are on our second week here in Chile and it's safe to say I'm in love. The country is breathtaking, the food is delicious (avocado on a hotdog is pure brilliance...), the people warm and friendly and the scenery is absolutely awe-inspiring. 

I don't want to ever leave, but I am also so, SO excited to get back into the studio and paint all these mountain and sea inspired feelings.

Oh! And if you placed an order this week or last, do not fret - my lovely studio assistant is sending them all out right on schedule :)

Happy Friday friends!

Ellen Sherman abstract watercolor landscape
EH Sherman at Osorno volcano
Ellen Sherman watercolor palette
EH Sherman landscape watercolor