Sunday, August 28, 2016

Day 6 Verona

Today's plan is to see Verona.  The bus left us off and we saw a beautiful church together, "The Basilica di Zeno Maggiore". Then we were on our own from 10:30 to 4:00.  There was some confusion because the icon of the church on the map was not the church we thought it was but we finally got straightened out--no wonder none of the street names were right. When I got to the main attraction, the arena or colloseum, I jumped on a small tour trolley and saw the town, then checked out the coleseum, shopping area and returned to the bus stop in a nice shady park and had an aperitif. 
We are back to the agritourisimo at 6 and supper is at 7:30. 
Sandi brought proseco to our room and we had a little appetizer.  No time now for the pool. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Days 4 & 5 - Asolo, Bassano di Grappa, Marostica and a painting day

This post really should be titled "the big lunch"!  Heading to the foothills of the Dolomite mountains, we first visited the city of Bassano di Grappa, famous for ceramics, grappa and the Palladio designed bridge over the Brenta River.  Before heading to the center of Marostica we stopped at a somewhat unassuming restaurant called 'I Rusteghi', Via Stroppari,8-36063.  It was a feast of gigantic proportions.  We thought it was just for pizza.  None of us knew it was a 5-course feast with all the wine, etc. you could drink and part of our package. The quality as well as the quantity was surperlitive! This may be the most memorable part of the trip.  I have to say it was a little too early in the day for me to eat so much.  After a quick stop to the town to see where the  bi-ennial human chess match takes place, we were off to the beautiful medieval hillside town of Asolo where 5 of us climbed a mountain to the top.  
The first painting day.  After breakfast most of the painters disbursed around the grounds and painted, some did one before lunch and one after lunch, others relaxed, read, swam in the pool.  I'm in the relaxed group.  There was a crit before dinner and there was a good number of paintings presented. I love the fresh food we eat here in Italy. 

Days 1, 2,& 3 - Venice 2016

Getting here - the flight
Day 1 - arriving in Venice
Day 2 - full day on my own 
Day 3 - leaving Venice, meeting the group

I tried to be brief when I wrote the first (one hour) version of this post at the airport (a draft which I didn't save) and I hate to write things twice, so here is a very brief version:
Getting here
The plane trip was FULL of delays, and I got here about 6 hours later than I should have.  
Day 1- Arriving in Venice
I carefully planned to stay at a hotel located on all the water stops, but it was closed for the first two days of my stay and I had to drag my 50 lb. bag a distance from where the airport boat landed, up over and down several bridges.  That felt really great after a horrible plane trip.  And I was advised at the airport upon finding out that my stop was closed to take the wrong boat that goes all over creation.    The good news is that I got the right boat back to the airport from right at the hotel. 
I arrived at the hotel that first day at 5:30 pm, repacked, showered, and went out to traipse around and get my bearings for the next day's activities.
Day 2- full day in Venice
Ate a great breakfast at hotel the Accademia Museum, took the BEST walking food tour, visited the GoggenheIm Museum boat to S. Marco Sq. and walked all over that district.
I'll add pictures and links to this post at a later time and edit it most likely to add lots of details. 
Day -3 Leaving Venice, meeting the group
Returning to Marco Polo Airport was a breeze since the boat stop was opened, got there early, their plane was on time, but they had a hang up with their luggage and it took 2 hours to be on our way to our hotel.  It was truly "old home week" seeing everyone again! 
We had our Apero (cocktail hour) at 4 and dinner at 7:30.  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Italy Trip, 2016

Hello again, I'm leaving soon for another exciting and wonderful trip to Italy-- this time to the small town, San Martino Di Venezze, near Venice.  I'll arrive at the Venice airport on the morning of August 23rd and stay at the 4-star Hotel Palazzo Stern on the Grand Canal.
I'm in Venice until the morning of the 25th when I meet up with my favorite painting friends in the whole world!!!
"CORTE CAREZZABELLA" is the agritourisimo where we are staying with our hosts Margaret and Arwed.  It's an OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP WITH MARGARET EGLI--FIVE DAY BIG SKIES WORKSHOP AT CORTE CAREZZABELLA, ITALY 2016. We are there for 14 days with tours and painting days and lots of wonderful fun and food.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Art Reception for "The Merrimacians"

Invitation to the portrait show, please share and pass along.
My portraits in my show at the library are also viewable here on an online photo book.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Come to the Reception-Saturday 21st at noon

The Merrimac Public Library show of "The Merrimacians" will be having its reception, open to the public, on Saturday from noon to 2:00 on the 21st.  If you are local, I hope you can make it.  Come and meet the artists and the models and have a good time, we might even have music!

Please forward this invitation to anyone who might want to come or know about it.  We'll have finger foods and non-alcoholic beverages.

Here is a newspaper article about the show and project.  The show is there until March 30th.

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Merrimacians portrait show installation day

30 portraits of people of Merrimac MA - see now at Merrimac Public Library
ends March 30, 2015.
The Facebook page for this project is and there are lots of stories and photos there to see.

The installation is not completely finished, it will take me another day or two to finish collecting entries because of the blizzard, and I'll label the paintings of other contributors and take photos of all the work and put them up on the facebook page.

There were a dozen people who painted models during the almost 30 sitting opportunities and the results are amazing.  There are many many wonderful depictions of those models, try to find the time to view the facebook page over the coming month as it will take a while to post all the photos.

For lots of detailed information about my part in this project, see my daily blog listed here on the sidebar or click here

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hello from the Blizzard of 2015 - The Merrimacians portrait project

We've been advised to stay inside today and there are another maybe 12 hours of this snow coming down.  The snow bank is only about 5 feet high and the snow is light and fluffy.

What about the People Painting People project?  Well, it's now done and ready for the installation which has been postponed three times now because of snow--but any day now!  I started to post here during the period of time when we were painting the portraits and switched over to my daily blog after that when I was doing the daily work on them.  I did reach my goal of 30 portraits.  It has been a great journey.  Now it will be installed at the library for 2 months.
If you only see one page at a time, click on older posts or refer to the information in the right hand margin.

To see these portraits click here:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jeff Watts videos

There are some nice videos on you tube that are like taking a full length class--3 hours long.  Here is one and if you go there, you'll see other choices.  This one is for guache, which I have wanted to experiment with.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Portrait Project update - 33 days to go.

I'm working on all the portraits, and maybe even have a couple more new ones to do.  I do want to get to my goal of 30 paintings, but I'm short on both people and time.  I'm also waiting to hear from the director of art at the library about hanging requirements.  I have decided on how I want to present them, and if the library won't agree, I'll have to put this project up somewhere else.  I hope not.
Each time I pick up a portrait that was painted during the 3-hour sitting, I end up entirely repainting it--Sometimes for days.  It will be embarrassing to have to put one up in the show that I'm not pleased with, but I guess it is going to happen.  I also have a lot of other things, like flyers, etc. that have to be printed.
I can't even imagine now how good this has been for me, to try many ways of mixing paint combinations, and experiment with various methods and styles--I have made very close friends (these portrait people's faces) and they are all lined up in my studio waiting for me to arrive every day.
Here is today's' setup, ready to go.  Joel Babb would approve somewhat as he taught me to always mix tints before starting out.
Here is the previous
one over a couple of days--still needs work. At the last minute, I redrew and repainted the bottom half because the neck was and maybe still is too long.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Charles Piecewic, Model #23

Charles was an excellent model.  We had our doubts that he would last, BUT HE DID!
Charles Piecewicz, Model #23

Aiden Tierney, Model #24

Another People Painting People person:  Aiden Tierney.  Four of us painted him.
Aiden Tierney, Model

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cameron Piecewicz, Model, #21

Cameron did a super job of modeling.  She is 13 and listened to her 'tunes'.  We may have the pleasure of painting her brother soon.  Her mother, Becky, has brought us two more models!

Cameron Piecewicz, Model

Deanna Baumert, Model, #20

On Saturday, October 26th, at the church in Bradford MA the group painted Deanna.  She enjoyed visiting with those artists who were painting and seeing all the versions of herself.  I particularly enjoyed the day as I haven't seen her for years and she is a very special friend.
Deanna Beamert,Model

Father George, Model, #19

Friday, October 24th--It was a fun day indeed working with Father George.  We had lots of jokes and I learned so much more about my new iPhone as he got the same model and was very proficient in its operation, everyone learned more about taking photos with his phone.  He was interested in the process of painting as he has an interest in art, and it seems like he studied up before he arrived.

Fr. George, Model

Ann Murphy, Model, #18

On Friday, October 17th, our model was Ann Murphy.  It is so much fun to work with our models and talk with them while painting and taking our breaks.  The models always enjoy the process and visiting with the artists while the work is in progress.
Ann Murphy, Model

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 25, Cyclorama, Art and Antiques

Roof of Cyclorama



Me at the Vose booth

My friend, Ed LeMay, and I almost always go to the Cyclorama for two shows a year, this one is the art and antiques show.  It was a warm day in Boston, unusual for this time of year, and I saw some of the renovations he has made to his urban inn, a marvelous job, great roof deck with view of Boston.  I was happy to be able to get out as my husband needs constant supervision.  Thank you Ed for a great day.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Paul Strisik Show at Rockport Art Association, October 2014

A favorite artist's works are on display now until November 16th at the Rockport Art Association. There are 120 paintings on display of his and 104 paintings he and Nancy collected from other artists.  Today, Ron Straka did a gallery walk highlighting many works of Strisik's and discussing some technical points as well as giving many personal anecdotes from having been a friend as well as a painting mate of Paul's.
It was a warm autumn day and the 50-mile drive to the quaint village of Rockport was gorgeous here in New England with the leaves about 1/2 way towards their peak.  I was glad that another painting buddy, Ann Shadrake, could come along to enjoy the show.  I saw a few people there I hadn't seen in a while, and in the 2 1/2 hours I was there, I didn't get to see everything well enough so I'll have to go again before it closes.  Next week on the 22nd there is another gallery walk with David P. Curtis, so that will be a good time to see it again.  You can see many of the works by clicking here.
Ron Straka speaking at Paul Strisik show in Rockport MA
There is a very nice soft cover book that accompanies the show for only $19.95.

Monday, October 13, 2014

#17 Mary Ann Mikson, model

On Friday, Oct. 10th, we had the pleasure and confusion of painting Mary Ann.  She had business to conduct while modeling so it was a little unusual.  I will have to do quite a lot more on my painting.  Four of us painted her.

This is the only part of my painting that I liked.

#16 Judy Kimber

On October 5th Judy Kimber was our model for the People Painting People portrait project.
Judy Kimber, model

Friends from the Egli Thomson Umbria trip.

Me with Carol (hello people, if you have pictures of me, please send)
It has been two weeks since returning from Italy and I'm finally settling into my everyday routines.  I enjoyed going through all the photos and remembering all the good times, good friends and good food so here are some snaps:

Bernie and Joan



Buzzy and Carol

Carol Pike Webb

Karen and Charles

Dave and Gail


Host Family at Agriturismo Camiano Piccolo, Montefalco, Italy

Pat and Jim

Marge and Sandi

Maury and Nancy

Fran and Mickie


Peg and Pat



Margaret and Arwed, Trip Hosts








Dave and Vickie

Dave and Vickie
29 Names, please let me know if I need corrections.
Arwed and Margaret
Mickie and Fran
Gail and Dave
Bernie and Joan
Me and Carol
Peg and Pat
Jim and Pat
Buzzy and Carol
Vickie and Dave
Marge and Andrea
Charles and Karen
2 sisters, Edith and ?
Maury and Nancy