2013 has got off to a rapid start, and whilst I'm still coming to grips with it, I felt the need to have a rerun through 2012. Take a peek on my main blogsite .......
2012 has disappeared in a fog of Italian cities, French villages and Greek tavernas, with yet another trip to Barcelona and France upon us this week - visa things to sort out!
To follow us on some of our travels, visit my main blog at www.jackiesinfrance.blogspot.com.
I have so many beautiful photos to work through and put online........a small sample below...
And plenty of sketches to add too - yes, they have actually been happening, but slowly; some locally......
and others, working on completing my travel sketchbook from earlier in the year.
AND I've even donned a 'teaching' hat in conjunction with my friend and fellow artist, Gill........ check out the link! http://artistswindow.com/new/2012/12/acrylic-paintingweek-four/
Last but not least, my Art Weekly has been coming along rather nicely, and regularly, as well.
I look forward to getting back into the painting, sketching and collage big time over the Xmas period and throughout January.
Yes, it has been a while since my last post, apart from my previous bid to get organised post - but that's the downside of travelling I guess. Once we return home too after such a long stint away, its always a little hard to get back into the swing of things.
Whilst we were on the road though, I did manage to keep up a sketch journal, which I am currently finishing. It is hard to sketch and be sociable at the same time, and I do have some blank pages to fill, but I'm working on it! A small sample of some sketches below....
Part of my time away was my special Art Retreat on the lovely Greek island of Skiathos. Here, I did actually 'work' very hard, along with cooling off in the pool, and spending time eating and chatting with Yvonne. The two of us painted very harmoniously in her studio, and I managed to complete quite a few small paintings, with other larger ones underway. It was wonderful to actually paint with someone again after all these years, and surprisingly, we were quiet most of the time too!
Now its time to buckle under and work on getting my portfolio updated with lots of new paintings.......
I'm currently reading this delightful little book (I doubt I've ever used the word 'delightful' before, but its somehow perfect here). I became aware of it some time ago and finally managed to obtain a copy from Christopher Lambert, the author and artist himself, so I do feel rather privileged to have a copy. Its a tiny book, with very small and fairly hard to read handwriting. When the author started out on his solitary trek from Le Havre to Rome, he kept this journal of his daily progress intermingled with beautiful coloured sketches. At that stage publishing it was probably the furtherest thing from his mind, so you can certainly excuse the size of his handwriting! He manages in this small space though, to capture the essence of the countryside, towns and villages of France, Switzerland and Italy along the way. You can almost feel the hardships (like the aching feet), but then also the pure joy when the simplest and unexpected things occur.
He walks through some of the places from our recent travels and I've jotted down some interesting sounding villages for us to take a look at! Anyway, if this book does 'cross your path' at any stage, (pun intended), it is well worth a look.
I'm posting these two collages on a beachy theme, though I must say I'm not too sure whether they're finished yet. I really wanted to keep the second one as simple as possible, especially since the first one would have been better done on paper twice as large! I suspect the second is a little too simple though.
We're off in the morning on the start of our trip to Sydney (details here http://jackiesinfrance.blogspot.com/) so the collages will take a back seat for a while, though I would like to try some New Zealand and Australian versions.