In exactly 16 days I will be quitting my council house in Ardgour and moving back in with my mother in Blaich, which will considerably reduce my outgoings. My aim is to save as much money as possible for a planned trip to Samarkand in Uzbekistan, taking in - along the way - a side trip to Auschwitz in Poland and to Odessa in the Ukraine (where some of my relatives hail from). I also hope to spend time in Moscow and, if I can raise and save enough money, to go on to Beijing in China, down to Lhasa in Tibet, crossing over the Himalayas to Kathmandu in Nepal and then down to Varanasi in India. These journeys will be made by train and bus and boat. At no point will I enter an airport. I want to feel the size of the world I live on and travel overland!
This trip is unusual enough in itself, but what makes it unique is that I intend to go as far as Samarkand with my mother, Anne, who will be 81 years old when we set off. She is also considering the possibility of going as far as Beijing and possibly even Lhasa, but we will have to see how things go. She is, after all, in her eighties... and yes, she is not in the best of health, but those of you who know my Mum will know that she is adventurous, spirited and determined, so will not be surprised if she does indeed make it as far as the ancient kingdom of Tibet.
One of my intentions for this journey is to document it. I will be taking my camera and several notebooks. I will also, if I can raise sufficient cash, be buying a broadcast quality video camera, because the raw footage I shoot might make an interesting documentary, with the aid of a decent editor... or at least it will make an interesting family film, with my very basic editing skills.
My Mum has wanted to go to Samarkand ever since I remember. I remember her writing "Anne Samarkand" in one of her many sketchbooks, when I was still a young boy. I remember asking her about it, and she told me of this magical place in the East which fired up my imagination. She talked about wanting to go there often. And now, finally, at the age of 81, she is going to go!
She has the savings to go... only just! As yet, I don't, but I am certain I will get there, and I intend to raise enough money to go on to Lhasa, Kathmandu and Varanasi... and to buy a broadcast quality video camera too.
For the next eight months, until the date of our departure, I am going to work as much as I can. I am also going to try to sell as much of my art as I can.
I have already sold a few pieces through eBay, and have another 10 artworks that I am selling for between £20 and £40... or, at least, those are the starting bids. You also have the opportunity to bid on what I consider to be my most accomplished drawing ever, "Kali's Playground" (bids starting at £75). These drawings will be available for bidding on eBay for until 25th August. This is, quite literally, a one off chance to buy one of my drawings for less than a quarter of its market value.
You can see the links to all eleven drawings on my Facebook page, which is at: www.facebook.com/sunshine.tant…
This is a grand adventure I am going on with my mother. It is the trip of a lifetime, and it will probably be the last ever trip of a lifetime for my mother... though who knows anything for sure with Anne Rowan... maybe she will go skiing in the Andes on her 90th birthday... but yeah, seriously, even she anticipates it will be her last big trip.
I really want to go with her, and on a serious note, considering that she has angina, I feel I should go with her, that she should have a travelling companion, in case anything goes wrong. So, raising the cash to accompany her is pretty important to me... and for that reason, I am asking for your support. Even if you cannot afford to support me by buying one of my artworks, you could help by sharing my art on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumbler, Pintrest etc.
Your support for this mad project is gratefully received...
If you actually read this far, thank you! I will keep you posted about how it develops... and closer to the time, I will set up social media outlets to document it.
(aka Dee Rimbaud)
|I trained in Sculpture at Edinburgh College Of Art to post-graduate level, from 1986-1991 and became more interested in 2-D work in my post-graduate year.|