Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
I came across these photos this morning, and they brought back so many random memories! Do you recognize yourself? (Please leave me a Comment today and tell me what you're up to!)
Brand new workshops are lined up for this fall, starting August 27 for Beginners and more intermediate or advanced classes running through October. Check them out HERE!
|2009 Florals and Landscapes Workshop|
|2009 Art Camp for budding artists.|
|2009 Skies, Water and Reflections Workshop|
|2010 Nature's Textures (Mixed Media)|
|2010 Beginners' workshop (through Sculpture in the South)|
|2011 Yupo workshop|
|2012 Beginners' Workshop|
|2012 Acrylics Workshop|
|2012 Florals and Landscapes|
|2012 Watercolor and Acrylics|
|2012 Watercolor Explorations|
|2013 Charleston Plein air|
|2013 Venice Workshop|
|2013 Venice Workshop|
|2013 Beginners' Watercolor Workshop|
|2014 Yupo Workshop|
|2014 Magnolia Plantation Plein air workshop|
|2014 Beginners' workshop|
|2014 Charleston Garden Plein air|
|2014 Beacham Boot Camp|
|2015 Florals Workshop|
|2015 The Art of Architecture|
|2015 Venice 8-day workshop|
|2015 Charleston Plein air|
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Alexander Graham Bell - (Scotland)
Joseph Pulitzer - (Hungary)...yes, of Pulitzer Prize fame.
Albert Einstein - (Germany). Easy one.
Irving Berlin - (Russia)
Frank Capra - (Italy)
Marlene Dietrich - (Germany)
Bob Hope - (Great Britain)
Igor Stravinsky - (Russia). He's buried in Venice, on the cemetery island of Isola di San Michele!
|Igor Stravinsky is buried here, on the cemetery island of San Michele, right across the lagoon from Venice. This was my 20 minute sketch (created during my 2013 trip to Venice) in my Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook (8.5" x 5.5", which I opened up to paint an 8.5 x 11 sketch). The paper takes very well to water, paint and ink lines.|
Monday, July 25, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
Saturday, July 2, 2016
My dilemma!?? Do I use it for all kinds of everyday sketches...or do I SAVE it for Venice drawings? I'm so torn! (What should I do? I won't be back in Venice till spring of 2017...do I / can I wait that long?)
|The Lion is the symbol of St. Mark who is the patron saint of Venice.|
The sketchbook measures 7"h x 5"w and is bound with the softest Venetian leather.
|The paper is handmade and each page seems to have a texture of its own. As Kim cautioned me "you won't know what you get (as a result) until you give it a try". That's going to be the fun of it!|
|As you can see, the sheets of paper are bound into the book with this string!|
Believe it or not, there are 64 single sided sheets to sketch on!
Friday, June 24, 2016
|Grand Canal, right in front of the Santa Maria della Salute church |
and near the Peggy Guggenheim.
But here's also an opportunity for Non-Painters to come with me! I've set aside a separate 8 days just for you! I'll be your Escort and show you the sights and sounds of my most favorite City! Click here for THOSE DETAILS!
Hopefully, you've already LIKE'd my Facebook art page (find it HERE). If you did, I know you saw all of the pictures I posted every day on this last trip. That was just a hint of the beauty that is Venice. I can't wait to show it to you in person too!
SEE MY LATEST POST HERE.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
How did we accomplish our successful event?
|From left: Susan Baughman, Anne Peterson, Donna Boerema, and moi.|
2. We created postcards and mailed them to our own mailing lists (again, about 3-4 weeks before the event). BTW, we agreed on the front end to share in all costs involved with setting up the event.
|Front of our postcard.|
|Sharing in the work of pricing and packaging their art.|
|Calories do NOT count on days like this!|
|We hung work in all the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms as well. These were small originals that we put in clear envelopes and we then taped them to the wall with 5 pieces of blue painters tape on the backs.|
|Supplement existing lighting with floor lamps or spot lights.|
|Our checkout station.|
Friday, April 29, 2016
I've really wanted to post stories and pics while I'm here in Paris and Venice but one small glitch has surfaced! I don't know how to rez down my pics so that Blogger displays them ok.
I promise to share both with you when I can manage to do so! Catch me on Facebook in the meantime! I'm in Venice now, partway into the workshop I'm teaching.... I have SO much to share! P. S. If anyone has tips to give me for rez'ing down those pics (on an Android), send them my way pls!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
|Photo courtesy of: http://opvakantienaartoscane.info/praktische-info-een-postkaart-versturen/|
Inside these Tabacchi, in addition to buying stamps, you can buy tobacco products, lottery tickets, shampoo and other toiletries and sometimes they even have a corner that's devoted to a bar and all that that offers! You've gotta love these people!
p.s. be aware that they're likely to close down for their afternoon "siesta" (although I'm not sure what the Italian word for that is....does anyone know?)
Monday, April 11, 2016
Despite its small size, I was surprised to learn that there are different dialects spoken throughout the six different districts ( or "sistieri" as they're called...sistiere for the singular).
I remember, one day, standing in line to board one of the vaporetto (water bus or boat). I was talking to a very distinguished-looking Italian gentleman, telling him we were headed to the Fondamente Nuove at the northern end of Venice, where we would grab another vaporetto to go to Burano (a fabulous fishing village).
Well, he immediately let me know it was called Fondamente Nove, NOT NUove. "But...", I stammered in broken Italian, "it says Nuove on the map."
"Ugh", he replied, "we locals pronounce it Nove. It is only called Nuove by those outside our sistiere and by those who created the map!" He kind of lectured me for a few minutes until I assured him I would now and forevermore call it Nove. I was rewarded with a big Italian smile!
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Did you know...
1) The name for their little neighborhood grocery stores is Coop (but pronounced COPE). Bring your own bag or they'll charge for plastic bags. Or, bring your granny shopping cart with you (who...me?)
2) DO NOT try to pick up the produce with your bare hands! They will impart the wrath of the Produce Police upon you (and the glares of all the little mamas in the Coop at the time). They provide you with plastic gloves to put on, so grab one!
3) Each fruit & vegetable has a price next to it, along with a code or number. Go to the little weighy-thingy and key in that code after you lay your produce on the scale. The machine prints out a price label to stick on your bag (try to avoid sticking it on your plastic glove...just sayin').
4) Oh...and if you need eggs, don't bother looking in the fridge area. They're stocked on some out-of-the-way shelf, in room temperature. It works.
Cannot wait to be glared at again! I've been waiting a year!!!
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
|"Sweet Balm" - Award Winner 2014|
I'm hoarding it in my dining room, but it is still available.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
|This one's going to need a title. Any ideas???|