Monday, September 22, 2014

Getting to know the Local Artists

Local shoemakers,  Federico and Hannah, are a lovely couple and very talented.  They design and make shoes as well as purses and other leather goods. After Kristi showed me her zippered pen pouch that they made for her, I thought I would see if they would design and make a leather watercolor brush holder for me  "No problem!" was the answer.  We spent several days measuring and working out the kinks and here it is!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Painting and Mixed Media in Orvieto, Italy

It is very scenic here in Orvieto. Every view could be a painting. We have been enjoying some mixed media art too.  It is a fun treasure hunt to look for and collect wine bottle labels, restaurant cards, napkins and other creative things to add to our journals.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fun Itailian Pens

There is just something about pens. I love them, collect them, and I am always on the search for the perfect pen.   Do you like pens? I found some fabulously pen stores in Italy. Do you collect pens hoping to find a new favorite pen? 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Singing in the Rain

Oh what a wonderful feeling!  80% chance of rain and the Italians were serious about that. When it rains in Orvieto,  the heavens just open up and dump a whole bunch of water with a large splash of lighting and thunder.  It was market day in Orvieto and the lucky people owned umbrellas. There were no umbrellas for the dogs but this cute one found a dry spot under a table at the market.  Eventually we had to take refuge in a pastry shop. OH darn!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Roaming around Roma

Rome is a lovely city to roam around. It is even fun to get lost in the tangled web of cobblestone streets. I found a cute restaurant in a pedestrian area, Vitti, enjoying an aperol spritz while I painted the scene before me in my watercolor art journal.  I was shadded by giant umbrellas and entertained by charming Italian waiters eagerly watching the evolution of my painting.

Friday, August 22, 2014

What's Inside?

In a couple weeks I will be painting in Italy.  My last post was about my new cool pencil bag.

It is a perfect size for holding just about everything I need to do some paintings-on-the-go in my watercolor travel journal.  Now I want to show you what I put inside it.  I have three miniature palettes and a set of travel brushes that are great for traveling.  I like these mini palettes because they each hold 12 colors and have removable 1/2 pans.  That means that I can put whatever colors I desire in on my palette.  If I find I no longer and using a certain color, then I can easily switch it out for another color.

The brushes are from Jackson's Art Supplies.  It is hard to find good travel brushes and this is a great set!  If you just order brushes you will get free shipping.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Great Idea!

I got this nice pencil case from  It's large enough to put a ton of pens in.  It also holds 2 of my mini palettes and my set of traveling watercolor brushes. There are three pockets and it comes in lots of fun colors. It is definitely going to Italy will me for my Colors of Umbria workshop.  It will be perfect for painting in the town.

Here I am using my new bag in Maine

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Online Watercolor Class

Join me for Watercolor Fun - an online workshop with Artful Gathering Online Retreat.  We just got started!  You can paint along beside me from the comfort of your own home.  Creating texture, colorful whites, and how to get a range of values are just a few of the techniques I will cover in this workshop.  Here is an example of one of the paintings we will do:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Looking for Inspiration

Hi Guys, I am in Maine, in the fog, enjoying family vacation and the beautiful scenery.  The fog has rolled in and it has been pouring down rain.  So it is a good day to play board games and catch up on computer stuff.  I have been organizing my upcoming fun classes at Art Unraveled starting in just 1 week!  Here are a few photos I wanted to share with you.  I love traveling to new places and getting inspiration for fun watercolor paintings.  What kinds of things do you take photos of for painting inspiration?  Please share what inspires you...
I hope you are all enjoying your summer!