Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2555 Villa Benedetta and 2556 Toast and Top Sheets

 sold #2556 Toast and Top Sheets still life, acrylic, 6" x 6" 
Tuesday, May 24th, #2556 Toast and Top Sheets - We headed down to the marketplace in Greve after lunch to paint, draw in our travel sketchbooks and to partake in a photo safari in which we took photos that we could paint from later from our ipads or iphones (I have a few tricks I shared for that). The villa was about a mile outside of the town square, up a steep, dirt hill that wound through vineyards - (the hill justified the extra scoop of gelato). I hitched a ride to town that day, so I was lucky to join my car cohorts on an impromptu trip to a cashmere farm about 45 minutes away. The farm is owned by a former painter from Long Island. She has about 300 goats and 8 dogs. I discovered I don't really want cashmere, just a baby cashmere goat, specifically one named Jellybean. 

#2555 Villa Benedetta still life, acrylic, 6" x 6" $100 click here to purchase

Monday, May 23rd, #2555 Villa Benedetta - We were slated to paint at the outdoor marketplace in the village of Greve, but we woke up to dark skies which quickly turned into torrential downpours, lightening and wind that blew open the windows and drove the rain inside - thank goodness we opted to paint interiors instead. We were not short on inspiration, every corner of the villa had something to paint, like large windows and winding staircases. The rain ended just as we finished up our morning painting session, so we all headed downtown for lunch at Mangiando Mangiando. We ended the afternoon with a short lesson on painting values.

Monday, May 30, 2016

2550 thru 2554

Ciao! The best spot to get wifi at the Villa in Greve is the front yard at night which is also the best place to see wild boar at night. I'm home now and catching up on scanning and blogging (sans the wild boar). 

 Placeholder, paintings coming soon!

Saturday, May 21st, We left Rome and headed for Greve, Italy. My traveling companion, Catherine (Catarina for this trip) and I thought we'd rent a car from Rome and take a coastal route to our destination. On our way to the rental shop, we discovered most of the roads were closed and our native Rome taxi driver, Anna-Lisa was having trouble navigating through her own city. As they say, the best laid plans - so we made a last minute decision to be dropped at the train station, we got the next train out with minutes to spare and enjoyed a high speed train ride to Florence. The train cut two hours off our total traveling time and the porter had a nice sense of humor regarding one of our suitcases that took three grown men to lift, "Are the children inside, Madame?"

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2549 Departure

I'm off to Italy and not a moment too soon, there's no more room in my suitcases to pack anything else. I'm not sure how the blogging or daily emails will work there, I think my instagram account will be the most cooperative @lisa_daria_kennedy and/or #lisadaria In the meantime if you run into me at the airport or in Italy, do ask me to practice my Italian - I'm 8% fluent, I can state useful things like,
"I am an apple."


sold still life, acrylic 6" x 6"

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016