Friday, May 30, 2008
Now you purple shutters on a grey wall, we are in France. Here the walls are mostly the grey of the stone, or in some places in this part ofFrance they are a sienna colored adobe, and the shutters and doors are of all colors of the rainbow.
Sorry I must sign off now and take the connection back to the neighbors. More tomorrow hopefully, Sandy
Monday, May 26, 2008
I will continue to add to this blog. Remember the blog posts the last one first, so scroll down to "Older Posts" twice now to get to day one of this trip, May 22, 2008. Please leave a comment for me so I know you are getting this.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Enjoy my journey.....
As I write this journal intended for family, friends, my artist friends and student friends I wonder if anyone is actually reading it......
Please send me a comment on the blog and let me know. It is faster for me to read comments on the blog as I am already in the blog, than emails and since I am paying for minutes here I would appreciate you use the comment feature on this blog instead of email. Its easy, just click where it says comment. Are you out there?
For those who like to paint scenes of vineyards from the top of the hill, I am thinking of Deborah and SusanH, this is a great destination. The vineyards are terraced with dry rock walls and interlaced with tiny gardens and flowers. As for me, I love to paint the ancient lanes, doors and windows, and I found a feast of them here. Unfortunately the sky was grey most of the day so I will have to imagine the shadow patterns that would have been there had the sun been shining.
I am posting this particular view as I was all set up to paint it when the heavens opened and it began to pour. So I quickly packed up and looked for a sheltered spot with a view I could paint.
I found steps leading off the main street of Corniglia (street is too big a word, it is only 5 feet wide at the most) up to a doorway that looked too old to be used. The best part was the view across the "street" was lovely and their was a roof over my head.
I began to draw with my ink pen when the door opened and out came an Italian lady with a cigarette in her mouth, "Prego, Prego" she said never loosing the cigarette as she squeezed past me. "Prego" seems to mean Please do, or its OK or something like that. I hear it all the time. By the time I decided to take a break and take more photos and have a bite to eat, 4 people had come out of the doorway, all smiling and saying "Prego, Prego" to me as I took over their front porch. The painting is not finished yet, but I will post it when I complete it.
The fun part about my perch was I could overhear everyone, tourists and locals alike, as they strolled down the lane and very few noticed me. Some tourists need to watch what they say! Of course I understand only a few words of German and Italian so most of the people that past me I could not understand, but the English was spoken by as many Brits and Ausies, as Canadians and Americans, and at times their comments and impressions of Italy were pretty funny.
If the twenty something American and Canadian guys are wondering where the girls are, they are all backpacking in Italy!
There are 5 villages in the Cinque Terre, I chose to stay in Riomaggorie (village number 1 in Rick Steve's bood) this time as it is the quietest of the 4 beach villages (the train goes through the bottom of the village and I have a room at the top of the village). But of course the only wy-fy access is in Vernazza, village number 4. Regional trains run a couple of times an hour all day long and cost 1euro,40cents for a ticket that lasts 6 hours, so no big deal to travel among the villages. With so much to paint, photograph, and see however, I choose to spend my time out in it all instead of the Internet cafe, so that is why you have not had many updates to this blog. It is sprinkling at the moment so perfect time to catch up on the blog. This cute photo was caught when the sun was out a few days ago in Vernazza, a painting waiting to be done for sure! Vernazza is the most popular village so many tourists to try to see around to paint. I'll paint from my photos here when I get home.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
My journey here was long, long, and longer! 3 airplanes a shuttle bus and two trains. A very big and confusing train station in Milan. Note to self, next time fly to Genoa, I know that train station well!
The only hitch was the first train trip. I bought my ticket form the nice lady that spoke English in the travel agency 365 in Milan train station like Rick Steve's book says, got on a very nice fast train to La Spezia (the end of the line). Then I was to catch a frequent regional train to Riomaggorie. Well, I fell asleep on the train, not surprising since I had not slept on all the airplanes. When I awoke everyone was getting off the train so I assumed it was the end of the line and hurried off. It was a very crowded station and as I searched for the posted train schedule to find the track to be on for the train to Riomaggorie I began to feel like I had been there before. Oh yeah, this is Genoa! Susan and I missed our train here two years ago! Well at least I knew where to find the Information Office where they speak English, been there done that! I swear it was the same white haired man that helped me locate a train to get me to Riomaggorie and assured me that my ticket would still work. Anyway I made it, and after a very deep sleep last night in my cute little room, I am out exploring today. Its overcast, spits a bit of rain now and then but comfortable around 72 degrees I think.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
This is a news video about the recent violence in Eldoret Kenya. Brother Paul Brennan is interviewed in this piece. He founded and runs the Patrician Primary School at Kabongo near Eldoret. I am pleased to announce that Cay Drachnik, Kathy Young Ross and I are working with Barton Gallery in Sacramento on an art show of our paintings of Africa to raise badly needed funds for the Patrician Primary School at Kabongo. The show will open with an Artist Reception August 8 and run through September 8, 2009 at Barton Gallery, 1723 I Street, Sacramento, California. More details to come...
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Now I am racing around trying to get ready to leave for a painting trip to Italy and then to teach a painting workshop put on by the wonderful small group tour company called "French Escapade" in the French Alps.
I plan to blog as I travel, posting photos and paintings as go, so stay tuned here!
This painting is called "Radient" it is a watercolor image size 18" x 24" princed at $850. framed.
Inquiries to Elliott Fouts Gallery 916-736-1429.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Hope to see you tomorrow, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. We would love to see Mom on her special day.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
The curator Rosie Stillwell invited the top artists in the County to be in this show and the artists stepped up to the plate big time. Their work is wonderful!
But the public has been slow in discovering this show, only two pieces have sold so far. The Red Barn is still waiting to go home with someone. It is framed in a very cute shadow box frame (the image is 6' x 6") and is priced at $250.00. To purchase the Red Barn email Rosie Stillwell at rosie@PlacerArts.org of call her at 530-885-5670.
I really do hope that you will visit Latitudes and see the show, as there are so many good pieces there just waiting for you. If you go, there is parking next to the restaurant in a lot, and you can enter through the Bistro, see the art there, and then come up stairs to the restaurant to view the rest of the show.
This darling window with the cute pot collection drew many of my students to paint it during a painting trip to the French Riviera a couple of years ago. In fact so many were crowded around the window, that I painted a door further down the square. I took some photos and knew that sooner or later I would get around to painting that darling French window with the pots. The original is only 6" x 6" and I am saving it for a future show.
Don't forget the Open Studio Tour called the Loomis Art Loop is this coming weekend, Saturday May 10 and Sunday May 11, 10:00 - 5:00 each day. Free maps can be downloaded from com/">http://www.loomisartloop>com.