When an artist decides to take a vacation the choice of locale is often decided upon in coordination with their artistic pursuits. Even though they are on vacation many artists choose to work during their supposed time off. Artists often choose to vacation near large bodies of water as well as in rural settings that are picturesque because of the creative inspiration they receive in such settings.
For painters in particular the choice of a vacation destination can provide them with a wealth of sights and scenes that can be replicated on canvas. Sometimes an artist will take photographs of specific things to use later in replicating the image. At other times an artist will decide to paint an image onto canvas while they are viewing it. This method of painting is known as the “en plein air” method and is usually practiced outdoors.
An ambitious artist could chronicle his or her entire vacation artistically in a variety of ways. If he or she sketches an artistic journal of sorts can be created with pencil, pen, chalk or markers. A similar yet more time-consuming artistic journal can also be done with paintings.
While on vacation an artist could assemble a kit of sorts wherein basic supplies needed for their craft could be carried. By keeping a portable supply of basic art equipment on hand an artist can create new work whenever or wherever they happen to be while on vacation.
A productive type of vacation for some artists is to spend the time either learning something new or teaching art to other people. Sometimes an artist might take a trip to the birthplace or home of a favorite historical figure or to a museum that houses some of their favorite works.
Some artists might choose to take a vacation that has nothing to do with art. This can help to provide a sense of balance and relaxation that is often lacking when they are working.