Lucca is an ancient little town in the northwestern corner of Tuscany. It's well known for the medieval wall surrounding the old city center that has now become a lovely promenade perfect for walking, biking, and viewing the surrounding mountains. Lucca is beautiful and charming, comprised of narrow winding streets that open onto unexpected piazzas and cathedrals. I wish I had more time to explore this town, and I would definitely go back.
Saturday was a day trip to Pisa and Lucca, both to the west of Florence. Pisa of course is famous for its leaning tower, but it'd still be worth seeing even if it weren't for this ill-fated campanile.
Beginning my three months in Europe. An overnight layover in London. Stayed at a perfectly tiny capsule-style hotel in Heathrow and took the tube to Piccadilly Circus. After a long ride on the subway, it was nice to be greeted by a lovely lively square and these beautiful horses.
The plein air workshop at Natural Bridges State Beach with Robert Dvorák a few weeks ago went great. I've never painted landscapes outdoors before, and it was fun to paint these so quickly and spontaneously.
My current watercolor class has me doing a lot of really basic exercises. These are samples of many different ways to create texture: masking fluid, granular pigments, dropping in india ink, lifting, saran wrap, wax, dry brush, toothbrush, stippling, wax paper, salt, razor blade, tissue dabbing, and splattering. Experimenting with a lot of different techniques always yields interesting results. Above is an abstract painting utilizing a lot of texture. Here I laid down gesso and texture paste to create an unusual tactile quality.
Continuing with my watercolor studies, a few florals done in class.
I've been taking a watercolor class with Alisan Andrews. She's a terrific artist and has inspired me to do more painting.
I've decided on my next project - a modem quilt from “Quilting Line + Color” by Yoshiko Jinzenji.
When I found this pattern, Simplicity 2067, I was inspired to make a Black Swan costume based on the movie. Then the supplies ended up sitting around for a year or two before I got around to actually making it a month before Halloween. Pretty soon the project had expanded to include my boyfriend’s complete coordinating costume as well, all made in a few weeks in a burst of new-found determination.