Sunday, November 9, 2014

Re-Working a Non-Working piece



When I was in Italy with Brenda Swenson we were working on doing a negative space painting. Unfortunately, the paper I was working on had very little sizing and turned into a blotter making it impossible for me to move the paint around.  So I started over on another paper but of course I couldn't just throw out the work I had already done.

Hmmmm?…..what could I do with the first set of leaves?



Zentangle to the rescue!  My ZenFriend, Linda liked the fuzzy edges of the leaves so I outlined them just inside the shape of leaves to leave a little glow around them.  I used some variations of fescu to fill in some of the back ground.  It was fun to re-work a non-working piece into something I like.

6" x 6" bad Watercolor paper
Watercolor with Pen

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting and waiting and…..




What do I do when in Amsterdam waiting for a plane to Pisa?  Whip out my little 5 inch handbook and play with Zentangles.  It sure makes the time go faster.





And then what do you do when your flight 10 days later from Pisa to Amsterdam is delayed and delayed and delayed?  More pen and ink and little calming voice in my head.




And hours later when all the Italians and students are yelling at airport personnel…….of course another Zentangle!  This one I finished up waiting for my plane from Amsterdam to home.  Ahhh…….thank you Zentangle for filling the waiting.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Last day at Abbondanza


Finished the chestnuts today.

Page done a little at home and a little in town.

Breakfast brioche and cappuccino in Lucca.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A day in Lucca, Italy


Grid page from the gardens in Lucca, Italy.

Page in the works of some chestnuts and leaves.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sketches from Italy

Today we practiced vignette drawings. The pig weather wave is up the road from here.
Bits from Lerici........
And pieces too!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More from the sea at Lerici


House on the way to Lerici.

On the way back from Lerici.

At the sea side town of Lerici.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Morning in Abbondanza


Kitchen and dining room

Drive up to small house

Side of kitchen house with two bedrooms down on back side

La Selva the main guest house

Sketches from the Museo in Volterra

Friday, October 10, 2014

First days at Abbondanza

Here's a sample of our first few days at Abbondanza in Tuscany Italy.  A little rain but lots of fun!
We worked on contour drawings, painted ceramic plates and have eaten a lot of very good food.
Views of the valley.
Not to mention the cappuccinos!!