Monday, May 24, 2010

Duomo View

6 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.

This subject is a warm-up for a workshop I am taking in Italy in June. For a year now I’ve been talking about Greg LaRock’s week-long plein air painting workshop in Tuscany. My sweet husband volunteered to stay at home with the kids and told me that I should go this year. While, I am torn about leaving the baby (they change so much in a week), one of the things I’ve learned during this awful recession is to seize an opportunity like this when it comes along because it might not come around again.

So, I leave the first week in June. We are staying in a renovated monastery in the Chianti region in Tuscany. There are only 2 other artists going along which means lots of feedback from Greg. He tells us that because our group is so small we can go anywhere we want to paint. He has several exciting locations planned and I hope the weather is good. Honestly, I don’t have the words to express how much I am looking forward to this trip!

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Forgotten Path

8 X 6 inch oil painting on canvas panel.
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Painted at the same location as my last post. I think the lack of attention paid to this spot makes it interesting. Recently, I’ve seen heavy equipment parked next to the eucalyptus tree and soon this lovely spot may be filled with homes. I’ve been trying to capture several views of this place before it’s changed forever.

Our baby girl is growing and doing well. She is still tiny, about half the size of other babies her age. She is hitting all the normal milestones, sitting up, rolling over and using her hands to grab things. And of course she is making the cutest baby sounds, da da and ga ga with lots of smile and giggles during the day. I can’t believe she’ll be 7 months old on the 14th! Her first year is speeding by so much faster than my son’s did.

Happy Mother’s Day to all my mom friends out there!

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