The Artist's Journey: The Perfumed Pilgrim Tackles the Camino de Santiago Paperback – 4 Apr 2018
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About the Author
Frequently moving throughout Oregon as a child, Marcia Shaver developed an outgoing personality, an appreciation for different environments and the ability to feel comfortable in any situation—the perfect background for traveling and capturing new landscapes. Her family spent every vacation and summer on their ranches in northeastern Oregon, tending to farm activities, working the cattle, and riding the wide-open range. As a result, the land is often the subject of Marcia’s art. Whether she’s using pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, or oil, her bold use of color reflects her cheerful and upbeat nature. Regardless of the medium, her strong sense of the graphic keeps her art grounded. Her unique interpretive application brings out a spiritual connection that is also present in her writing. In recent years, Marcia has walked 2500 miles on 4 different routes of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, France, and Portugal with sketchbook and camera in hand. She has spent several years painting the imagery encountered along the way. Now everyone has access to her deep and personal discovery along the Camino, in her book “The Artist’s Journey: the Perfumed Pilgrim Tackles the Camino de Santiago”. It contains the 57 pen and ink drawings she created while on the Camino in Spain. Marcia married her husband, Craig Shaver, when she when she was eighteen. They have a son, Justin, and live in Redmond, Washington. Marcia earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon in art education, with masters and travel studies in Europe and Asia. More recently she attended the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, graduating from the landscape atelier immersion program. She taught art at the high school level and now instructs adults within the art community. Her prints and original paintings are featured in private and corporate collections internationally. Please see www.theartistsjourney.com or www.marciashaver.com to view her artwork.
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I find that action sad, irresponsible, and potentially dangerous. Also cruel. Not in any way hilarious. That is not the spirit of a pilgrim on the Camino.
She could easily yelled to the group, but I guess it was just too hilarious. Shame on you ,Ms. Shaver.
I threw the book in the garbage.
I am planning my Camino, I pray that I am not victim to someones' hilarious behavior.
I have read fifteen peoples' accounts of their Camino, and although they all experienced the Camino in their own, unique way, each book was a treasure and a joy to read. I cannot say the same about this book.
This is the journey of two friends, both artist who decide to walk this pilgrimage together, not rushing but enjoying their time on the trail, quite often stopping to do a couple of hours sketching of what ever catches their eyes. Marcia includes a lot of her wonderful pen and ink drawings throughout the book and it was fun to see pieces of what she saw. She has a creative and strong bold look to her drawing. She definitely has an artistic eye in describing things around her as well, from the flowers, pastures, colors even the smells and her feelings, of a scene. What ever it may be she makes it sound wonderful.
The art work, is what made me really want to read this book, as I thought it was a different perspective from other journeys I have read about on the Camino de Santiago. She also included one of her friends pieces of art (Tannis Moore). They are both great artist, but very different in styles.
While this book is a soulful memoir of a personal Camino journey, it's also a lot of fun! Be prepared to laugh out loud while reading about the challenges and predicaments the author and her walking companion experience along the way.
A bonus: the ink drawings in the book--a nice touch to this enjoyable memoir.