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2018 calendars are here!

Hello!
A month respite in Italy this year 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 order one, or visit my Etsy page:
2018 calendar cover  2018 calendar February

 

2018 calendar back

 

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

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!

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!

Positano 2014…and 2015 trip clues for you

Back in March 2014, I was in Positano, you may have seen my post before.
But, I just went through my sketchbook and found several sketches that weren’t scanned in.

On a different subject and a different trip:
A little clue about an upcoming trip I’ll be taking – it is titled “Blue boats beneath golden ramparts.”
And, surprise – one of my Italy sketches last year was of their blue boats! Coincidence?
Clue #2 – the trip won’t be in Europe! Hehe, more clues will follow!

Meanwhile, enjoy these from Positano…

Positano At the bar

View from the bar

Positano view from the beach

Positano view from the beach

Positano - charming street view

Positano – charming street view

Positano - mountain profile

Positano – mountain profile

Positano laundry

Positano laundry

Positano blue boats

Positano blue boats

Starting to catch up

My recent trip kept me very busy, as well as completely revising my website and blog.
As it is a work-in-progress, I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions for improvement!
Meanwhile, here are a few sketches I was able to fit in – the rest are not yet fit for posting, but stay tuned for more as I finish!

Snail on my door!

A snail on my door! At home, a snail on my door would have freaked me out, and called for immediate removal! Oh, but a Positano snail? He can stay as long as he likes!

 

Plane at airport

At PHL, waiting to go to Italy. Snapped a photo of a different point of view of this plane. I’m usually inside one before I think to take a good look!

PS – So…don’t go to my old blog (artbybernadette.blogspot.com) as I won’t be visiting there! Stop by here artbybernadette.com for the latest news!

Forgotten, but not gone!

Here are several sketches I completed in Italy earlier this year. They were forgotten in my post-trip blues!  Or maybe because I was so busy riding my new scooter during the summer!
Anyway, I’m posting them together – there may be more, but they will be sketched from photos, which, as you may know, are not as much fun as sketching in person. Some of the “joie de vie” may be missing.
There is so much beauty in this tiny little corner of Italy – I’m sure I need to return as soon as possible!
Oh, I just noticed – the art quote for today is:
“Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love. “-Alfred Sisley
How true is that for this post? Hmm?

Capri doorway
Capri view
Hotel Margherita as seen from my balcony
Boat docked during our lunch at La Siren
Positano abandoned church
Positano beach cabanas
Positano mountains as viewed from my balcony

When in Rome…

My second and last night in Rome (last month) was at the Hotel Forum.  If you’re there, be sure to stop at the American bar on the rooftop for fantastic views of nearby buildings and ruins. Also, the roses were blooming so I couldn’t resist sketching them too!