Last month I mentioned my trademark, Luv This Place®. With September knocking on the door, summer coming to an end, and vacations now just a memory, my mind wanders to a very special place I have had the privilege of visiting. It’s Tuscany. Italy.
I’ve been twice. Both times with a group of artists studying under Vermont woodblock print maker Sabra Field. And, both times to a very special place called Spannocchia near Siena.
For 2 weeks, we made that slice of heaven our base and traveled to Florence, Arezzo, Pisa, Pienza, and Siena. We made art, saw and studied art, savored fresh food and wine, danced at a country fair, hiked through fields of rapeseed and sunflowers, saw ancient Etruscan artifacts and learned to cook in a way I’ve tried to exemplify in every meal since.
While there, I sketched and made small croquis (an old design term) using watercolors. I am not a painter, but I enjoyed using paint to quickly show the essence of a place. I see things in terms of shapes and color, and my sketches are quite simple.
Just this month, during FunDay Monday experimentation, I turned 3 of those little paintings into textile collages. I enjoyed so much, going back to Italy in my mind, as I re-created those places I loved.
In our North Carolina backyard, my husband and I have a wood fired pizza oven – one similar to those in Italian homes. We love to have crowds of friends over for pizza parties. It’s been so hot this summer that we haven’t fired it up as much as we’d like – we’re hoping to invite friends and family for a fall festival to celebrate cooler temperatures a bit later this Fall.
School starts tomorrow for many students, college is already in gear! For years, I have had so many requests from people wanting to learn my techniques and asking if I might consider teaching classes. The answer is finally, YES! I am planning to hold a few workshops very soon. I’ll talk more about the details in my next newsletter. If you are interested in attending, please send me a quick email.
Until next time, Arrivederci!