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On to a new adventure!

2017 has been a heck of a year so far – a year of events that make you think about life and why we are here and for how long. That’s why I decided to not delay this next trip because, who knows what next year will bring?

Elephants are beautiful creatures, and it has been a longtime wish to see them in the wild. So when I saw that Art Safari had a trip named “Large, Grey and Unmistakeable”, I knew it was meant for me.

Very soon I will be headed for Zambia with Art Safari  to hopefully see some of these majestic creatures, as well as other wildlife.
I will guess that most of you do not know exactly where Zambia is.  I certainly didn’t, so I’ve made this map to help.

Thornicroft Lodge is where we will stay, traveling each day to South Luangwa Park, hoping to see big game like lions and elephants and so many other exotic creatures that I’ve only seen in zoos!
I’d hoped to have you join me on this adventure, but wifi will be very limited.  Stay tuned for updates!

Zambia adventure

Sneak calendar preview for 2018!

Hello!
I’m back from a respite in Italy. A whole month allowed me to relax, savor the food, enjoy the scenery, and focus on my art.

Some of that art has been incorporated into a new 2018 calendar! Instead the usual quotes, this calendar will have song lyrics with the images. I sincerely hope you don’t need to be “older” to know most of the songs, but if you don’t recognize any, let me know and I’ll happily sing one for you!  Just don’t laugh at my efforts, please!

Here’s a few selections from the calendar, drop me a line if you’d like to pre-order one:2018 calendar sample

2018 calendar sample

2018 calendar sample 1

da Ferdinando’s

Enjoyed several hours on several days at this welcoming, relaxing restaurant on Fornillo beach.
Visit Da Ferdinando’s on FB!

To have some fresh zucchini, maybe you can just pick it off the vine here!  ferdinandos

ferdinandos zucchini

 

While sitting here, we could watch the planes land on the sea to fill up with water, then leave to put out more wildfires in the mountains.

sea plane

Casa e Bottega = Yum!

Yesterday, we ate at a most delightful restaurant. On the main street, right on the way home, is Casa e Bottega. A restaurant/juice bar. A unique variety of accessories are displayed, and the color theme is white, with many shades of blue throughout. Although colorful ceramic planters like the one sketched here add a funky feel and keep you from being too calm with all the blues!
Our meals were a feast for the eyes and palate, and we each bought a juice to have for breakfast the next morning.
Pretty sure I’ll be sketching more of their decor to share!

casa e bottega

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.