Venice, what can I say, but amazing.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Now the Italian flag is flying, the sun is out and the old cliche' the sky is Blue and there really is nothing to spoil this view' We've had two lovely painting days in Lake Iseo, it is quite a magical place to paint.The locals are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. It helps that the ice cream and pasta oh and of course the Franciacorta wine is delightful!Today the trusty artists are making their way by treno to the fishing town of Pisogne about 25 minutes from Sulzano at the head of the lake. The train follows alongside the lake edge and into the mountains so it should be a pretty ride.
So will the England flag be flying today, and will they make it into the next leg!! This is of course not the trusty artists, but the calcio team.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
With Heavy skies full of more Italian rain, the enthusiatic watercolour party set off, with Umbrello's at the ready and sketchbooks to hand. Latte Macciato's helped the days first pen and ink sketch in Piazza Garibaldi, then moving on swiftly between the prolonged showers we found an undercover place on the front. Skies of grey, with low cloud adding to the damp atmosphere, but plenty of stripped turquoise posts to brighten up the painting. A glass of red helped the afternoon along and watercolours all came out to play.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Well what can I say? I hear the weather in Keswick is HOT HOT HOT, and here in Lake Iseo it is RAIN, THUNDER, RAIN, but I have faith in the Italian met office which tells me that we will have sunshine for my Watercolour course starting Saturday.And so cucked up in the van, with luckily 2 pints of Milk for Coffee,with the kettle plugged in, it is kind of fun watching the storm! It must be the English in me! ' We are on holiday and we will enjoy it, whatever the weather' But I should have brought some boots, instead of sandals and flip flops, but on the positive side we are in Italy home of leather footwear.
Low Cloud over Lake Iseo
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Three days of driving, with overnight stops in 'Sandwich' a pretty village near to Dover, 'Sempach' a small pretty lakeside town near Basel in Switzerland. On arriving in Lake Iseo the 1st thing that is needed after 1100 miles is 'Una Gelateria' Italian Ice cream!. The river and Lake seem high and driving through Switzerland the waterfalls were so dramatic gushing water down the steep Ravines, it a stunning country, near perfect dramtic scenery, snowy mountain peaks peaking through swirling soft cloud, lush green pastures, cows with bells and pretty wooden chalets. But on reaching Italy, the Landscape softens, colourful Pinks, soft Yellows and Terracotta buidings sit on mountain edges, vineyards slope down the mountain, and the petrol stations are full of people talking, smoking and eating off picnic tables set with cloths and full baskets overflowing with food.
And so what is next after an Ice Cream of course a Pizza.
Friday, 11 June 2010
Sensole, Monte Isola
It's that time of year again, the paints, camera, novels, hammer and this time kitchen sink is packed. Checked the weather, the euro, web cam see link below and google mapped, it's amazing what you can do on the internet preparing for a trip. Now there's just 1100 miles to drive from Keswick to Iseo Town, this year we've got a camper van. So It' Thunderbirds are go!!
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
A few raindrops fell today on my pretty little Viola's. We've amazingly not had much rain in the last 3 months! Dare I say! You can see better with the shot Itook tonight of Friars Crag. Often where the people are stood on the right of the picture is where the Lake comes to!
Monday, 7 June 2010
I've not felt like posting a blog with everything that's has gone on in Cumbria. Seeing places that you know so well in terrible situations, I can't believe what happened, it's been shocking.Cumbria is a special place, and seeing how local people react and support each other makes it so.