september is a great month to be a teacher in los angeles. nearly every week in the classroom is only 4 days long. today is rosh hashanah. happy jewish new years friends!
how nice to be home tending to various things.
i found a giant pickle jar at an art from scrap store in arcata when i was up north. wish i would have gotten all 3 of them now. they were only $2 each! the smaller bottle was in a box on the sidewalk in ferndale last spring. the sign said “free” so i helped myself. it’s perfect for the smaller shells. i’m trying to corral my beach treasure into a few containers instead of scattered across every surface.
i finally got around to bottling up the water i brought back from bavaria. in case you’re wondering how i got it in my carry-on, i didn’t. it was mailed back from germany along with some other odds and ends i collected on my summer rambles in bavaria. that handsome bottle was found on etsy along with 2 more for future.
i’ll seal with with wax soon.
i spotted this blossom during a breakfast outing in silverlake yesterday…
On my bookshelf
this first one is new. a print-on-demand paperback that arrived in very poor shape with some of the pages falling out, but the watercolor sketches are incredible. if you get it, don’t get the one that says, “diary”. it’s a lot cheaper, but very poor quality. the art is just fantastic though. filled to the brim with watercolor images from venice.
these next 2 were found on my dusty bookshelves.
this is my favorite of the 3 venice artist sketchbooks i have. i’m very drawn to her looser, more painterly style.
you can’t help but want to try to copy what you see. as i’ve mentioned before, i think it’s a valid and useful form of play and study.
seeing how others approach shadows, perspective, water, boats, is illuminating.
so to speak.
venice is jam packed with scene after scene to paint. i’m going to take a smaller sketchbook i think. we’ll see.
in the meantime i’ll just be here flipping through sketchbooks of mine and others. trying to figure out what my next travel journal wants to be.
i hope you’re not in the path of hurricane florence! keep me posted of your ongoing adventures. see you soon!
before i go check out my sister’s travel journal from our summer trip to bavaria. i am crazy about her self-portraits…and everything else!