Adventures in Italy

Today, and Italy in May

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Adventures in Italy, Orvieto in May | 0 comments

Today, and Italy in May

Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine, I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine. A million tomorrow shall all pass away, ‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine, today. John Denver   Today my book is #1 on Amazon. That is huge for me.   I am also planning my trip to Orvieto in May. You can join me, and you should. A week of wonder, May 5-11, 2013. This is my second time teaching there, and my seventh time visiting there. I adore Italy. Italy is one of the most sumptuous and sensuous places I have ever been. When I arrived in Florence for...

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Back from the Dead and San Diego

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Adventures in Italy, Journaling, Orvieto Workshop, Workshops and Classes | 2 comments

Back from the Dead and San Diego

My website and this blog have been down for ten days. It has been horrendous. My host, StartLogic, took the site down without even sending me an email. Needless to say, I would tell you not to do business with them. Last week I taught a class in San Diego, and it was magnificent. We painted pages based on the work of Hundertwasser and Wayne Thiebaud, then deconstructed the page and fit it into a hard cover with a small shadow box at the fore edge. Here is the class. Some important classes are coming up. October 1-7, 2012 Portland, Art & Soul retreat. Journal texting and painting class,...

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Two Portraits of Brava

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 in Adventures in Italy, Visual Inspiration | 1 comment

Two Portraits of Brava

While in Italy in September, I was thinking about mythology, the gods and goddesses who were fodder for fanciful and elaborate stories. There was a goddess missing, and she needed to be invented. Her name is Brava. Brava is brave under fire. She is sturdy, and feminine. It is not that she is never scared, she often is, but she does not allow fear to dictate her life. Here are two portraits of Brava. I am going to be working with her for a while, honing in on her stories. Any ideas? Her Motto: Courage Takes Practice. Begin...

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Italy, Part 3: The Class

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in Adventures in Italy, Orvieto Workshop | 2 comments

Italy, Part 3: The Class

Our classroom was in the corner of the convent, overlooking the garden. I gave each of the participants a book with the “cast of Characters”, the mythological and religious figures that have to do with the history of Orvieto. During the week, the students were asked to search the town for signs that the characters were there. A scavenger hunt to add fodder to our stories. We then painted landscapes, drew sketches around town, took photos, did wax rubbings, and use photo transfer techniques to make the story pages having to do with our cast of characters. Here are the pages. Drank...

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Italy Part 2: Rome to Orvieto

Posted by on Oct 28, 2011 in Adventures in Italy, Orvieto Workshop | 3 comments

Italy Part 2: Rome to Orvieto

We took a train from Rome to Orvieto. Not nearly as simple as that, but suffice it to say we did finally arrive and walked across the street to take the funicular up the side of the very steep hill to the medieval town of Orvieto, where I would be teaching for seven days (and will again, in May 2013). What is more fun than starting the week with a funicular ride??? We stayed at San Lodovico, a convent run by the most efficient and friendly nuns ever. Sister Giovanna spoke little English, which was great for me. I got to practice my Italian every day. It was simple, beautiful and very...

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Italy, part 1: Rome

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Adventures in Italy | 3 comments

Italy, part 1: Rome

Last month I went to Italy with my friends Marcia and Nancy. We all met up in Chicago, where this doozie of a passageway separates Terminals B &  C. Nancy and I romped up and down this place until Marcia arrived. Like kids. We arrived in Rome late in the afternoon, and took a taxi to our little hotel downtown. Our room at Mr. Frills (no joke) B&B had a balcony that overlooked Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. It was a fine place, other than the shower fell off the wall. A small price for its charm and location. Rome was spectaular—in its history, its constant ability to amaze, and the...

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