Since our world turned upside down this year, I have had the opportunity to pick up a long-lost hobby…drawing and painting. I’ve been brushing up on my basic skills by taking online courses via Sktchy, Skillshare, RTY Art and miscellaneous tutorials. Most of the pieces I’m including here are digital: drawn and painted using the Procreate app. With the exception of a few family members, the portrait models are from tutorials or Unsplash photographs.
A spectacular 12-day Mediterranean cruise! Departed from Barcelona, Spain and made stops in Cannes/Nice/Monaco/Monte Carlo Casino in France. Then on to Italy with stops in Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Next up was Rome, Italy where we toured the Colosseum and Vatican City. Then on to the Acropolis in Athens Greece. Another stop in Mykonos, Greece for great food and ouzo. Up next was Santorini, Greece (Mamma Mia!). Our last stop was Valetta, Malta with a special trip to Mdna or Città Vecchia- the Silent City, a fortified medieval city.
Greece: Athens, the Acropolis. Mykonos. Santorini
I would like to thank Amy Uthus Ceramics for nominating my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award! Amy is an artist and works with ceramics. I recommend you check out her post Images from my project in Denmark.
The rules of accepting this award are pretty simple to follow. First, you must thank the person who nominated you; secondly, tell seven random things about yourself; then nominate up to fifteen other bloggers for this award, and let them know you’ve nominated them. Ok, so here goes…
7 random things about me:
- I can’t carry a tune.
- Stories about people achieving their dreams make me all teary.
- Watching youtube videos about fluffy kittens and/or cute little kids is fun.
- I love finding images in pouffy clouds.
- Coloring inside the lines was always important to me.
- Green used to be my favorite color, but now I think I like blue better.
- I believe in angels.
The blogs I would like to nominate for this award are…
Meanwhile, back at the ranch. http://veederranch.com/
Michigan in pictures. http://michpics.wordpress.com/
This, that and whatever else I can think of. http://thisthatandwhateverelseicanthinkof.wordpress.com/
Bill Chance. http://billchance.org/
Sanctuary Home. http://sanctuaryhome.wordpress.com/
rona black photography. http://ronablackphotography.wordpress.com/
Mattie Bryant Photograpy. http://mattiebryant.wordpress.com/
I’m sure there are many more amazing and lovely blogs that I’ve left off my list.
Bringing a camera along on a mountain hike can be a double-edged sword. For me, the day will either be a 1). focused hike up a rocky, mountain trail with a breathtaking vista at an alpine lake as my reward and I may or may not remember to take a picture at the top, or 2.) a photographic safari that requires stopping every five feet along the trail to get low to the ground to notice something unusual at point blank range with the lens of my camera. They are both great reasons to get up into the mountains, to be sure. But I can’t do both at the same time. So yesterday, I went point blank hiking.
The other day I noticed signs of summer underway…hot temps? Yes. 91 degrees in my living room (no joke). Pavement too hot to step upon? For sure – no more going barefoot on the driveway. The newly planted blooms already thirsting for water? Sadly, yes.
I see signs of a HOT summer…
Peeling paint…didn’t we just paint that last year?
A lawn chair dusted off and sitting in the sun…
The perfect summery strappy sandals…
And alas…the ubiquitous coals that won’t light.
How will you keep your cool?