The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is the oldest and most important pilgrimage in Europe. All Camino routes ultimately lead to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela located in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain, the final resting place of apostle Santiago (St. James, the Great).
For JOURNEYMAN, his 500-mile journey (The French Way route) began with a blank canvas in Saint Pied de Port, a small village located in the Pyrenees mountains of southwestern France.
From there his Camino took him through the northeastern part of Spain (Roncesvalles and Pamplona) and westward across northern Spain (Burgos, León, and Meseta plateau) until veering to the northwest towards the final destination - the city of Santiago de Compostela.
And what experiences and life lessons did JOURNEYMAN garner from his journey on the Camino and arrival at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela?
ANSWER: Listen to JOURNEYMAN's songs and you'll find out! Click on "THE ALBUM" tab to begin your soulful journey.
Prior to JOUREYMAN's Camino, he felt that life changing transformation was in the air and color would play a major role in his journey. Thus, he felt as if he was looking at a blank canvas at the beginning of his Camino and the Camino, in turn, would help provide the appropriate color - words, pictures, and song - to fill his blank canvas.
Before derparting to Spain, JOURNEYMAN painted numerous 4-inch x 4-inch canvases a variety of colors, stuck them in his luggage, and carried them along with him on the Camino.
On the eve of his Camino group's arrival in Santiago de Compostela, the fellow travelers celebrated in song and dance. JOURNEYMAN broke out his stash of blank canvases and requested each Pilgrim in his group to write a simple expression or phrase describing what their personal Camino meant to them.
After a 500-mile journey, JOURNEYMAN finds it fascinating that travelers can convey the essence of their Camino journey in a few simple words. Examples include "Be kind" and "Live in the moment."
If you have a favorite expression or phrase from your Camino or life journey and would like to have it added to this collection of canvases, please contact JOURNEYMAN.
Want to hear some of this canvas artwork expressed in song? Well, click on "THE ALBUM" tab and listen to/ download "Color My Camino," "Personal Camino," "Signs" and "Along The Way."