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6 04, 2017

Works in Progress at Topsail Beach


Paintings in Progress at Topsail Beach Sometimes we decide to create art, other times art decides to be created. Today was a day that a beautiful coastal cottage called to me. I started out my day working from the Jolly Roger Pier, but the sea breeze proved to be a bit too strong. Instead, I walked Read more

Works in Progress at Topsail Beach2017-09-25T10:18:36-04:00
16 09, 2013

Day 12 – Painting in Portofino!


Plans changed this morning: Instead of driving to Portofino first thing, I walked my painting gear down to the Recco harbor to catch a ferry to points south along the coastline. I'm especially interested to see the San Fruttuoso harbor, and today is the LAST day the ferry runs this season. Unfortunately, because of the heavy rains Read more

Day 12 – Painting in Portofino!2017-06-08T09:59:33-04:00
15 09, 2013

Day 11 – Thunderstorms in Recco; Sightseeing in Camogli


It poured rain today, but I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to be ‘stuck’ than Hotel Elena. Set up laptop in Cafe & FINALLY answered some business & personal emails while the wind howled & the waves crashed. Amazing views out the big windows of the Cafe. Read more

Day 11 – Thunderstorms in Recco; Sightseeing in Camogli2017-06-08T10:02:36-04:00
14 09, 2013

Day 10 – Downtown and Harbor Views in Recco


A gorgeous day on the Ligurian coast! Although my Hotel Elena in Recco offers a wonderful breakfast & terrific views of the Recco Harbor, I wanted to get OUT early this morning and walk to the nearby plaza to experience the people and local color. At La Perla Cafe I ordered a double cappuccino and Read more

Day 10 – Downtown and Harbor Views in Recco2017-06-08T10:03:17-04:00
12 09, 2013

Oops, wrong train . . .


Story by Sam Q. Bass, Thurs., Sept. 12th: YESTERDAY, while Sharon was out painting, I spent the afternoon walking around old Siena. I was fortunate to join the last VIP tour to the very TOP of the Siena Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Siena). The cathedral is a medieval church, dedicated from its earliest days Read more

Oops, wrong train . . .2017-06-08T10:04:05-04:00
11 09, 2013

Day 7 – A Bright Clear Painting Day in Tuscany


Sadly, Sam began his return trip to Raleigh early this morning. He will fly from Florence to Paris to Detroit, and finally Raleigh. I will be lonely without him the next few days. I'm especially grateful for his sacrifice of time to create content for this blog almost every night! While I readied my canvas Read more

Day 7 – A Bright Clear Painting Day in Tuscany2017-06-08T10:05:00-04:00
11 09, 2013

It must rain to keep Italy green


First day plans were slightly altered by rain, but we still had a great day touring the countryside for some good painting spots. We have a few shots to share of old Siena from motoring thorough and stopping between rain showers. Read more<