C H I C - T R A V E L S
To all those who love beauty, I invite you to join me at Chic Travels on a journey around this gorgeous globe. Here we can be dazzled together by discoveries found in locales near and far. I'm drawn to culture, art, nature and design and will feature these, along with other ephemera, in the destination section. My paintings and photography, inspired by travel, are available through the shop, along with a curated selection of clothing and home goods.
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Walking into Beth Hammack’s studio is like stepping into the outdoors. Artistic energy reverberates around this bright room. Her gallery-like space is awash in sunlight that pours in from huge windows and skylights. With books opened to inspiring images, paint brushes spilling out of giant containers and large, half-painted canvases hanging on the wall, I feel like I am in the middle of a brainstorm.
Every now and then serendipity strikes. Earlier this year I was looking for a space to do my creative work. Painting struck my fancy and I felt the need to find a studio in which to hone my skills. I considered purchasing a small space but wasn't sure I could make it work. Then, as if almost by design, I happened upon The Studio Gallery.
Bert Seabourn is a legend. His work revolves around identity and the universality of the human face and story. His greatest achievement is having one of his paintings displayed at the modern wing of the Vatican Museum of Modern Realistic Art. He is a living Oklahoma treasure.
Our world is becoming more and more a visual experience. With social media leading a visual revolution (Instagram, I'm looking at you) it seems that our form of communication is changing. We are developing a global language, not of words, but of images. These images communicate feelings and experiences in a common form cross border and boundaries. In other words, imagery is dissolving the barrier of words thanks to the proliferation of the internet.
Before I travel anywhere I enjoy reading about the destination as a way to orient myself. I'll read travel guides, biographies, fiction, style guides, history, cookbooks and even children's books that discuss my desired destination. After reading a selection of works I feel better prepared to really appreciate the location I am visiting.
Drenched with all the requisite colonial era charm, this gorgeous city offers eye candy at every corner. Monasteries, churches, cobblestone pathways, colonnades with lovely arches, and a fountain in the central park earn this destination props for seemingly having it all. Add the fact that the city is populated by roaming locals, craftspeople, artists and visitors from around the world and the recipe for sophisticated bohemian dreams has come true.
If you find yourself planning a trip to Tikal, here are eleven helpful tips to make the visit comfortable:
The big pull of El Remate is Lake Petén Itza that sits like a shining swan in the middle of the rainforest. Its crystalline waters beckon swimmers to dive in without fear of crocodiles or other dangerous animals.
Our time at Tikal was limited. We spent around 6 hours in the park admiring the grand ruins. Had we given more time to our visit I would have spent my extra hours exploring the plants in this dense jungle.