Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lake Garda 3

This is the beautiful little spot we walk to in the middle of Cassone on the lake shore. Under the trees is my spot to sit and work ever so slowly on my drawings
contemplating the effort on my creative brain or looking atthe surroundings  
There are loads of flowers out 
In the same spot
The bridge makes it possible for us to get across the inlet - the many cyclists have to hop off and walk in this area
You can never have anough views of the lake
Ian goes on a high walk while I sit and draw
This has been a holiday for getting lost whilst driving but we got to Campione - lovely spot with lots of people swiming etc for a day's outing.
The church at Campione
My little drawing and watercolour at Cassone - day 60 so well over half way  
I am making a book cover to hold allmy Lake Garda drawings. Background stitch is all done so now to the decoration stuff.
Inside our apartment. This really is a great spot

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lake Garda

Lake Garda 2 - Ian got up early and went for a walk - Cassone is a beautiful little place - lots of cobblestones and a great foreshore. the mountains of course are wonderful - so old. 
Lots of platforms like this but the seagulls - (lakegulls?) - seem to like this one - it's locked anyway and i haven't seen anyone using it. 
We have found a wine shop in Malcesine where we are allowed to park any time which is great because the parks are all full. SO of course we are frequenting it. lots of olive oil and balsamic vinegars for us to bring home in our suitcases.
i bought a great fruits of the forest balsamic vinegar - will get an unopened one to take home. 
Last night we had a bbq on our terrace looking over the lake - grilled peppers - made a salad and cooked meat which we had no idea what it was but it was lovely - turned out to be pork. Plus tomatoes and lovely fresh mozzarella and red wine.  
Cassone is really interesting - and there is a great little museum as well  
Little bridge - well worth the wander - we ate at one of the pizzerias on the first night right on the water's edge  
Tody we went exploring a little in Malcesine - lots of people and touristy stuff 
I like these little places
Grant was launching his moth
Then he was off in the distance on his foils to practise. There are over 250 Moths in this regatta - and highly unlikely that we will be able to distinguish anyone. But they look great racing along up on foils.  
Then to end a relaxing day we came home and had a swim - have to watch for the killer stones when you get in and out so just one in and a long swim and then out. And I did my today's little watercolour - day 59 now.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Trip to Lake Garda

    We are on a fortnight's holiday - Grant is sailing on Lake Garda next week (and last week as it happens) so we thought we would indulge and come as well. We have been before but not in the summer. 
We landed at 6am in Malpensa - had to wait until 9am to get the hire car and enjoyed 2 cups of coffee while we waited. Things are so much easier these days with the internet - way back on our first visit to London we had to buy sim cards and flap around trying to find somewhere to use the internet etc. Now we all get grumpy if there isn't wi-fi everywhere or if it is slow.   We endured a comedy of errors and it took us 5 hours to drive to Lake Garda - instead of 3. We drove south instead of north - then went to Lake Como instead of the road to Lake Garda - finally got back on track and got ourselves disorganised trying to drive around the wrong side of the lake.   
Here we are lost trying to work out why and where. Anyway we are here and showered and relaxing.  
This is the view from our apartment so it will be swimming in the morning - we have our own private platform if we so wished to sun bathe only we don't but all the way driving up the side of the lake, there were people perched by the water where ever there was a possible space. Hardly any in the water though.  
We have a little island off shore
And here is the view looking to the left.    Lucky us I say - as I am working away on the 100 days project I am planning my days here to be water colour on Khadi rag paper and i have a sitched cover about to be under way as well. Over the way on the other side of the lake there are many people kite surfing - a wonderful view actually. There are also lots of people sailing and kayaking 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Trip to Melbourne

At the end of January into February, we took ourselves off to Melbourne for a few days. We actually stayed at a great little hotel but this was the view from the window and below was a busy lane way - next time we will ask to be a few floors up so we can actually look out at a proper view! The main reason for going was to attend Nigel Kennedy concert. Of course it was wonderful as we knew it would be - we have been fans for many years. Nigel's interpretation of the Four Seasons was up to character!    
We enjoyed, as we always do, the foodie experiences in Melbourne - first day and I think this was possibly the best one. The Grain Store. Everything in Melbourne was either in walking distance or on the tram which was free. Flinders Lane all along - not too bad.  
Loved the David Hockney exhibition - he is a great artist 
Then a lovely meal at Chin Chin - i have the cookbook but never been before so it was wonderful. We sat up at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed watching the food staff cooking, preparing and all of that. So glad we went. The next night we went to Movida where we have been before and it was a great meal too.  
And we checked out the Victor and Rolf exhibition. Lots of very interesting and whacky stuff but I especially loved all the weaving - something I am pretty keen on myself except that I don't make art to wear these days but I do weave up lot of little bits and pieces in my work.  
We caught the tram to St Kilda one day - Ian is checking the area out.  
On our last night we ate at Mamak - another great meal. Always a great thing a visit to Melbourne. No shopping - no shoes - all okay.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Old Doors and Openings


 The second 2 day workshop I taught in Adelaide was Old Doors and Openings and once again I provided comprehensive notes and a kit. I was really thrilled at the results of this class. We spent day 1 creating heaps of textured pages ready to use on day 2 for constructing our pieces. Not just doors but surrounds and openings. Openings and the possibility of what is behind the opening is to me a great concept - the mysteries of what lies beyond. Karen's work at the top is so very effective - I loved it - but I loved them all. Some naughty people had packed up before we got to view - I am pretty hopeless and making them stop half hour early for compulsory look see but then - some people don't wish to take part in this exercise and I guess it is their right - they have paid the money. It was a very big class and a wee tad squashed so I was clearing my own desk as fast as I could for display.And my apologies for not knowing who owned which pieces but do enjoy them.

 We played with brown paper bags - paper napkins - kunin felt - water solouble (Romeo) - foils - abaca paper - and more

 loved this one - Sheana had some very old lace in tatters which she left for others to use

and this one

 and I do know this is Pam's

 and I am sorry I cannot remember her name but this lady was quietly super efficiently and creatively working away to create these beauties.

 The embossed kunin felt works a treat

 love Catherine's embossed supa foil

 Fran's - you can't see it so well but I coveted her melting fabric

 Can't remember her name and it had been packed away but I persuaded her to bring it out - loved it - there are steps to go at the bottom of the door

Sheana was busy

and I love the way this one is progressing

It was so lovely to catch up with Vicki who came from NSW (not just to see me though) and this is her work which is super wonderful

So - a great workshop - I was bowled over by the creative juices flowing - they seemed to be working early and late - I had lots of laughs at night and I am working on my offering for 2019 - shall it be Medieval - Paris - Morocco - or? and yes notes and a kit


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