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Positano mountain top view

A work in progress in my new concertina sketchbook, a gift from a visiting friend. (I tried to post on instagram, but it seems iMovie music is not copyright free, which is weird.)

Anyway, here is a short video with my inklines. This is the view from my terrace.  It starts north of Positano. Then Montepertuso, Nocelle and the city of Praiano is at the very end.

Note that the elevation difference required me to start at the top again towards the end!

Positano – first day solo – I spy a lizard

Here’s how I spent my first day alone here: woke up with grandiose plans to walk, sketch and organize. Instead, I woke up, had 2 pots of coffee while I “relaxed”, fed the creatures, relaxed some more, ate some lunch (yes, by then it was that late!) then showered, washed and hung out a few clothes, and moved my stuff to another room, where I will stay the rest of the month.

My plans to sketch any part of the fantastic view came to an abrupt stop when I spied this little guy on the living room ceiling! lizard

Since I kept staring at this lizard, I figured I might as well sketch him.

Will he stay up there? Will he jump down? Do I make friends with him (of course it could be a she) or do I gently assist his exit?

This is new to me, and I appreciate any ideas on what to do next. And no, leaving is not an option! I am caretaking a pair of furry friends, so I’m here for the duration.

Italy. Again.

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: Italy watercolor map

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. Holder for palette & sketchbook

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!

New striped bag

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…

Striped bag

 

Last one standing

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.

Pine tree

Recycling

You may have read about how to re-use various veggies.  After buying a few onions from the farmers market, one had already sprouted, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I typically don’t follow instructions well (surprise!), so after trimming some to sauté, I just sort of stuck it in the ground where it seemed happy, and gave it a good watering. It seems it may need separating after it grows a bit, because there might be more than one that will sprout from this.

We’ll see! Fingers are crossed!

Sprouted onion

What it looked like when I bought it

What it looked like after I “trimmed” it for planting.