hola. summer blisscation has officially begun. the children were bade farewell, their cums were closed, the classroom was packed, the report cards were issued, and on the final day after culmination when i only had 3 children left who had not gone home, i forced them to pose for me while i drew them with markers while we listened to v v loud music. i wish i had a soundtrack of their squeals and giggles. now summer is here and i’m writing extra long run-on sentences and throwing my cares to the wind.
the weekend was spent in a languorous stupor. i sat i stared i napped.
monday. i made a glassful of carrot, orange, ginger, lime juice and woke up in a heavenly state.
here are a few car sketches done in the last couple of weeks. by that i mean made IN the car. if i draw any cars in germany i’m going to try v.v. hard to NOT give them faces. but of course whatever shall be shall be.
the jacaranda trees are blooming. see. i captured one below.
i mailed carol her travel journal(left) and added some dates to mine.
luckily, i didn’t paint THESE incorrect dates!
i’ve been sorting through my travel palettes and trying to decide on the best one. this one is lightweight, and has served me well, but i don’t like closing it when wet for obvious reasons.
so i’ve filled this one. it’s very inexpensive. i’ll give the watercolors it came with to one of my students next year. 3 of the full pans i’m putting in the middle section will contain white gouache for mixing with the watercolor – i like the resulting gouache-like tints. since i mix directly in the pans things get messy quickly. those 3 full pans replace a full tin (smallest altoid size) of white gouache i usually carry with me.
i haven’t touched my watercolors in a while and i was completely out of some of my tubes, so i consulted these handy daniel smith sample cards pam gave me several years ago. they are really terrific for knowing exactly what the color will look like on the paper. i can’t recommend enough if you are a daniel smith fan.
i found it was much faster to order on amazon than go through dickblick, which can be so slow.
my new doll-size carry-on (not checking any luggage this time) is frightfully small so i’m limiting my art supplies to the watercolor palette, 3 brushes, 2 colored pencils, dry adhesive runner for collage bits, travel journal, and a tiny bit of paper. i’m also experimenting with packing cubes, but so far the jury is out on those.
when we land in munich we’re going to pick up the keys to the car and head off to the wilds of the bavarian alps.
neither carol nor i will be blogging this trip. we want to focus all of our home time on resting, reading, travel journaling, cooking, strolling into the village for dinner some nights.
when i get back to LA i’m going to enjoy about a week of uninterrupted time to upload photos from my nikon, blog, and make a blurb book (goals!) before i’m on the road again.
yesterday, i visited my chic friend susan who lives across the street. she gave me a cutting of this hoya which looks exactly like a green extension cord when it’s all massed together. it was too strange to resist. if you know the name of this variety please share!
susan has an effortless way of setting up her cottage with panache!
okay i’m off to bask in the sunshine of my fresh & new summer vacation. right here in my most favorite place (when i’m not on the move) in the universe.
i’m going to do a rough watercolory sketch diagram thang of the contents of my suitcase. that should put an end for once and for all to the notion that one can fit 19 outfits into one of these ultra slim suitcases. my underpants alone take up 25% of the case.
quick! lift your face to the sky. wyatt’s blowing you a kiss. xo