Getting ready for another travel adventure! Soon I will be back in Italy, again on the Amalfi coast.
Here’s a map showing the location:
I also prepared something to help me hold a moleskine sketchbook with my palette.
It’s a simple piece of sturdy cardboard, covered with contact paper, using clips to hold the items.
My brush and pencil case can stand on its own, or can be clipped to the corner of the board.
So – I should be set to tackle some serious fun, making art, enjoying the Italian wine and food, and soaking up the sun and sea.
Stay tuned for updates!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you might notice I’m not so consistent in how often I create and post art. With art, inspiration will ebb and flow, so my timing can vary quite a bit.
Heres a quick sketch done while getting ready for bed. This new striped bag seems perfect to use as my ‘airplane’ bag for my upcoming travels. My carry-on, is of course, necessarily larger. This bag may hold almost all I’ll need during the flight. (Doesn’t everyone bring lots of food? In case.)
Ooh, next I should do a sketch of what will be put in here…
My Vespa scooter is so much fun! But on a rainy day, it’s best to let it rest inside. Unhappy with my previous sketches, I’ll keep trying until I “get it right”!
I started this sketch of my neighbors tree because I saw the tree cutters out there. I wanted to capture the magnificence before it was gone. This 70-80′ tree has been home and perch for many birds. Imagine my surprise when they left, and this one was still there! The other three were trimmed and cut down about half way.
Rumor has it that the neighbor decided that if/when this tree fell, it would not land in their yard, so therefore, it wouldn’t be their problem! Wow. I do hope that when/if it falls, it doesn’t hurt someone or damage a home.
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The imprint is of several wine corks, my original art.
Art size is approximately 8″x8″.
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The serviceberry, also known as Juneberry, seems like a perfect tree. It has clusters of lovely white flowers in the spring, ripening into deep red berries, followed by green foliage which ends up providing blazing color in the fall.
What I love the most are the birds that it has attracted this year! More than what I’ve sketched here, but these are the ones I could easily identify or get a photo of.
It was literally a berry party every day, until finally, the poor tree was bare!
My favorite sighting was a blur of brilliant yellows and oranges, an oriole!
Walking at Chenango Valley State Park a week ago, I was appreciating the beauty of nature. I know I should not take even a little souvenir, but this pine branch was on the ground, and since I didn’t have my sketchbook with me, I brought it home to sketch.
I hope you enjoy it!
This cedar waxwing, whose nickname “little bandit” is earned by the “mask” he wears, was trying to find a ripe berry in my serviceberry tree.
Alas, most of them are still green, probably not too delicious yet.
He thought he was well hidden, and he mostly was. I caught a decent photo of him by shooting through my bathroom window, and used it to sketch from. They’re way too fast to try and sketch live!
Maybe he’ll return when the berries are riper!
These gardening gloves have held up wonderfully for so many years, but nevertheless, it’s time to retire them!
Of course, a quick sketch is done before they’re gone.