Going Away

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Going Away ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on board

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It’s getting colder…and colder…the frost hasn’t left my yard in three days, and the wood stove has been burning furiously, trying to keep the chill off my new home.  Did I tell you we moved? It is a lovely house that my husband built with his dad about 35 years ago. It’s big and solid and cozy with three bedrooms and two fireplaces and lots of quirky artistic details. I think his dad was a closet artist 😉 Much too manly to admit it, but when I look at some of the love and attention to detail in this house, I can tell, although I never knew him.
Nevertheless, when the weather gets colder, all I can think about is travelling. Years ago I found this image on flickr and fell in love…I promptly emailed the photographer HaoJan Chang, who graciously gave me permission. When I see this, I’m filled with longing, expectation, excitement…all of the emotions that an upcoming trip can bring…it’s a perfect image for how I’m feeling lately and I just had to capture it in paint. 

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New Travel Sketchbook Started

“On the Road” 
Here’s my first spread of my Ireland, UK, and Italy themed travel sketchbook. I am so annoyed with  myself for not actually keeping one while I was there and experiencing it all fresh, but I just had NO TIME to sketch. I was at a flat out run almost all day every day with no time to stop. I sure learned a lesson in travelling…so next time I’ll plan an itinerary that gives me time to stop, sketch, and actually experience the places I go. But for now, you’ll have to be happy with my impressions, memories, and sketches from photos. 
I’m excited! I love beginnings!