Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Warm enough for a dip!



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It gets warm early here in Sicily.  In April it's possible to go to the beach.  We did just that for Easter and travelled to the small island of Favignana.



Favignana is just off the Sicilian coast, about 30 mins on the hydrofoil from Trapani.  It's one of the Aegadian islands...Marettimo and Levanzo are the other two.
Beautiful beaches and rocky coves and so much nicer 'out of season'. Bikes or a boat are the best way to get around!




 There is only one little town but good for food and a glass of wine or two in the evening.
The other two islands are even more smaller and i'm saving those for next time....


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Lemons and a blue bowl



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Last of the lemons, all are gathered for this year. Painted here in my favourite blue bowl...or at least favourite for the lemons. The afternoon sun filtering into the shadows lit up the lemons but it was sooo hard to capture.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Big Fat Tomato






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This was a fun one to do....it just shows there is always some inspiration to be had in the fridge!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Venice in Winter


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Earlier this year we had a short break in the North of Italy. We were based in Verona but happily for me Venice was only an hour away by train.





The weather was sunny with blue skies but sooooo cold (compared to Sicily anyway!)
Visiting somewhere like Venice in winter is one way to avoid the crowds although it was still quite busy.





An easy way to see Venice without spending sackfuls of money is to take the vaporetto or water bus. If you make sure you get a seat at the front you get fantastic views. We took one all the way down the Grand Canal... freezing but beautiful!






Sunday, 2 April 2017

Bags of Apples





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One of my favourite subjects..apples!  These were still in their bag from the market and the colours glowed against the white so I painted them just how they were.


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Painting all year









Some of the paintings I've enjoyed painting this year, I hope you have enjoyed them too.
One of my aims was to paint more in 2016 and I think I managed to do that, although I'm sorry to all my friends and family who have had to put up with me shutting myself off and just doing what I love. Sometimes you just have to.
Happy 2017 to all blog friends, thank you for dropping in ....see you all next year!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

It may be cold outside....



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We're into winter now and it's getting a bit chilly,. So just to remind us of how warm it was in the summer here's a young boy sitting on a wall looking out over the sea.  I think he was actually looking for a fish to catch with his net and he reminded me of my own son when he was that age.

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