A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen” -Leonardo da Vinci     Ten Years of Oil Painting on Canvas Just over ten years ago, I bought my first handful of oil paint tubes, trio of brushes, and a big white canvas. I didn’tContinue reading “A Year of Oil Painting on Canvas”

10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy

“From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.” -Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869   The Great Love Affair with Italy Out of the twenty-six countriesContinue reading “10 Favorite Places to Visit in Italy”

My Favorite Italian Hideaways

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” -Giuseppe Verdi When my family and I moved to Europe 3 1/2 years ago, one of our first travel goals was to explore Italy. Everything we had ever seen or read about Italy made it the destination that topped our travel wish list. We wereContinue reading “My Favorite Italian Hideaways”

7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal

A tavola non si invecchia. – Italian proverb. Translation: At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.   I love Italy. There is so much to love, especially for enjoying the values of good food and wine, and the wealth of family. Last week, my husband and I and ourContinue reading “7 Days in Tuscany: A Photojournal”

Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. -Rabindranath Tagore When we travel to the beach, my favorite part of the day is at the end. I love to be at the edge of the shore and stand rapt at theContinue reading “Beauty and Color in a Mediterranean Sunset Sky”

EAT, STRAY, LOVE: Italy, Tuscany, and the Maremma

Posted on August 11, 2010 With the release of another popular film set in Italy, people worldwide know of the country’s most luscious region: Tuscany. But few realize the Mediterranean Sea skims along the classic wine and olive region, and combines sensational flavors with unforgettable views. Here, find three ways to enhance the Italian culinaryContinue reading “EAT, STRAY, LOVE: Italy, Tuscany, and the Maremma”

Italy: Tuscany and Rome, a photojournal

Our October vacation in Tuscany, in the Maremma region in sight of the Argentario peninsula, was spectacularly refreshing. Not only was the beach completely deserted, but we were so far out of civilization we were without television or internet during our stay. The silence felt deafening, at first. But soon, the hum of modern noiseContinue reading “Italy: Tuscany and Rome, a photojournal”

Eight Days under the Tuscan Sun

When I saw the movie Under the Tuscan Sun years ago, Tuscany became a place I yearned to visit. The cinematography in the movie was beautiful, and the lure of a slower pace of life combined with the elements of great Italian foods and wines only accented the gentle beauty of the Tuscan land. We’veContinue reading “Eight Days under the Tuscan Sun”