One warm beautifully sunny day, Doris and I were invited to visit our Flickr friend, Gabi, who lived about 30 minutes from Doris. The ride there - through fields filled with lupines - was magnificent. We just couldn't get enough of those beautiful blues!
At Gabi's - we toured her fairy garden (see below) and awesome paintings, enjoyed some delicious cake and coffee, and then sat down for a quick, 30 minute group painting ....
Here we are on Gabi's deck overlooking the fairy garden and town ....
Thank you again, Gabi!
See more of Gabi's and Doris' work here:
for accompanying photographs.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I am posting two paintings -- one done using a traditional approach and painted prior to visiting San Gimignano, and this one painted during Karlyn Holman's workshop with a method taught by Australian artist, Pauline Hailwood. I like both for different reasons ... what do you think?
Being away from home, visiting new places, immersing oneself in different cultures, taking new workshops, learning new approaches, all can be incredible stimulating, spark new ideas, methods, colors and more.
In the weeks of my time away, all of this newness kept me thinking and dreaming and clicking away with my camera as I tried to internalize what I was seeing and experiencing. The result was that I found it mighty difficult to paint while all of the experiences slowly worked their way through the process of things to try, things to reject, things to emulate ...
I painted some and I'll be posting these as I catch up ... but I find the process of assimilation still going on. I spent several hours downloading my photographs -- all 6,000 of them!! LOL -- and finding that each image of a particular experience seemed so long ago ... and yet remains so vivid in my psyche ...
Further, all of this 'newness' requires, at least for me, a bit of time to make my own ... to learn how to adapt new painting techniques and ideas into my own 'voice' ... and so for a while yet, the weeks ahead will be a time of incubation, trial and error, while I become comfortable again with my own way of working.
I'd love to hear of your experiences too after you've been exposed to new ideas and methods ...
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Home ... after an incredible trip and time. I owe my host and hostess for this journey - Doris and Stefano - a tremendous amount of gratitude and thanks ... for opening their home, hearts, lives, and family to me ... for spending weeks speaking a language other than their own, for delicious food, a comfortable bed, Internet access, trips to jaw-dropping sights, events and activities, gelato, expresso, my beloved brotchen, painting, a drive to Italy and back, a blessed hot water bottle during the unexpected cold temperatures, walks along the rivers and fields, visits to and from Flickr friends, and more ... so much more.
I find 'thank you' so darn inadequate ... but I know you know, Doris, how deeply grateful I am for all you and Stefano have done for me over the last two months....
My heart is full, as is my camera, and my mind and heart return again and again to a family, landscapes, and friends across 'the pond' that are now as much my own as my family and friends here in the US.
A hundred million thank you's ....
And both C and I are eager to share our world with you ..... come on over!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
On the last few days of our visit to Tuscany we visited Portovenere and Cinque Terre as well as some of the five villages of Cinque Terre. The views, the food, the sea ... absolutely incredible!!! Memories in the making!