Monday, June 29, 2009
Flowered Steps, San Gemini, Italy
Traveling in Car
San Gemini, Italy
Funny thing about traveling - I love visiting new places, seeing new things, learning new ways -- but once I get home, I often find that I'm so very tired! C and I spent yesterday resting, doing some chores, and watering the wilting plants. The heat was high again, so we waited a while before venturing outdoors. We took our ususal walk and picked our own blueberries, caught up with a few neighbors ... but mostly caught up with ourselves! LOL
This was sketched and painted again in the car over the weekend. The trickiest part of sketching in a moving vehicle is getting one's lines fairly straight! LOL Fortunately, we were on open road during that part of our trip home - so sketching was a bit 'smoother' than dealing with the jerkiness of stop and go traffic.
The photo I used for reference was from the small town of San Gemini, Italy. The pinky/blue/lavender blossoms of hydrangea match those just blooming at home in North Carolina. Our soils tend to be pretty acidic - and so my hydrangea tend to be more blue than pink. I wish I had kept the steps a bit lighter in this - but I certainly learned a lot about wet in wet (and balancing a vial of water) during this painting! LOL
Off to a busy week and lots of sunshine. I heard the rain late last night - unfortunately it didn't last long enough to refresh the drying soils and thirsty plants. We're already 2" down from our ususal rainfall.
Hope your week is terrific!