Another little sketch from San Remo, Italy. We are actually sitting by the waters edge. While everyone else was painting boats I decided to do the hillside across from the water. Below is a painting of some morning glories. We were walking to the beach and these babies were growing along a fence. I stopped and took a pic and painted them later that night in our hotel room. This is my last post for awhile. I'm off to France today!! Oh boy!!!
This is another beach town on the coast of Southern Italy. The downtown area was pretty active with good food and shopping, so we picked a spot (in the shade of course) and I did a little street scene. Another beautiful day!
I am sitting on set of steps in the shade of another big church looking at this scene. While I was painting they had a church service. Everyone nicely walked right by me, some stopped to comment and say HI and then went along their business. They didn't speak English and I didn't speak Italian, but it really didn't make any difference. We communicated just fine.
We are sitting inside a covered tunnel like structure looking at an outside cafe that hasn't opened yet. This location not only provided a unique view in this medieval city, but also protected us from the hot sun.
We also stopped and had lunch at a wonderful cafe. These paintings show the cover of their menu as well as the steps leading up to the cafe. Once we were up the steps and down a little hallway, we were surprised to see a tree covered patio with a view of the ocean. Delightful place.
We visited a medieval city in Cervo where many painters in our group set up in areas along the streets. I think so many artists paint in France and Italy, the locals just take us in stride. While I'm painting in this direction, there were 3 other painters on the other side of the street painting behind me. It was a fun day.
Wow, it's been too long since I posted and here I am ready to head back to France in just over a week. I've still got journal paintings to share from the last trip, so I'm going to blast them out before I leave again. This was a morning plein air painting of a little beach area in Imperial, Italy. We about fried our brains out sitting in the hot sun painting. (Forgot my hat - and got a pretty good sunburn.) Right before I finished my sketch, the beach was covered with people swimming and sunbathing.
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After a lifetime of doing everything but art, I have now put my love of painting as a first priority. I wanted to major in art in college, but was quickly talked out of it by my father who said I'd never make a living with an art degree. So, scared that I might starve, I majored in business but squeezed in as many art electives as possible. Upon graduation I immediately went to work and never stopped. Never painted either!!
I now devote several days per week to pure painting time and enjoy the company of many local painters. Current art memberships include: Austin Plein Air, Waterloo Watercolor Group and Austin Pastel Society.
Juried Exhibitions include:
AUSTIN PASTEL SOCIETY Minature Show (2009) Won First in Show, Juror: Susan Kemner Reed
WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY-HOUSTON 31st International Exhibition - Juror: Stephen Quiller (2008); WATERLOO WATERCOLOR GROUP FALL EXHIBITION - Juror: Christopher Shinck (2008);
WATERLOO WATERCOLOR GROUP ANNUAL EXHIBITION - Juror: Joe Fettingis (2007)
1ST PLACE WINNER - Waterloo Watercolor Society Fall Challenge (2007)