Friday, October 17, 2014

Next on my 'to do' list..

                                and next week: Create - a lovely art retreat in Seattle
                                         where I will be teaching two collage classes

November 9 Gelli printing workshop (full, but let me know if you are interested -
 there will be  a second one)

Monday, October 13, 2014

color and texture in Italy (part III)

This last post about my trip to Italy has photos of rich color and texture from
Milan, Florence and the island of Burano.

                                I have to start with my first roommate in Milan...

      On the top of the Milan Duomo - the tallest Duomo in Europe I believe..

 The Duomo in Florence - a favorite spot of mine since my "History of Art" in college days

                                                     reflections on the Arno river in Florence

                                         17th century Jewish cemetery on the Lido island near Venice

                 Burano - the most colorful island I have ever seen! According to the story the reason for each house being in a different color was to help the fishermen recognize their own home
from the sea.

Of course with all this inspiration much more art will be created and posted in the next couple of weeks!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Finding inspiration in Italy (part II)

During my recent trip to Italy I spent a week in the International School of Graphic Design in Venice Italy. I also spent a day in Florence and a couple of days in Milan.
I took hundreds of pictures that will be a source of inspiration and memories for a life time. It is hard to pick just a few for this post but I'll do my best.
What I loved seeing the most was the decay of the buildings, the peeling paint and the graffiti. Those made the cities I visited more human and less tourist attractions. And many of these became just beautiful abstract art that I could happily hang on the walls of my home. I was attracted to these more than to the classical art, although I have an endless appreciation and respect to the work of the masters. As an artist who loves color and texture this city was the perfect destination!
My next post will include impressions from Milan, Florence and the colorful island of Burano.

                                    one of many shops with Carnival theme display

                             beautiful combination of modern art with old architecture

   this unique book store was apparently under water a few times during the 'Acqua Alta'
   that Venice is famous for. The owner took advantage of the water soaked books and created walls, stairs and a patio from book bundles. There is also a Gondola inside the store and other boats full of books.

                                                 one of the many galleries displays