Monday, October 28, 2013


Yes! We are having fun in Italy! Lots of painting, good food and wonderful sights, sounds and tastes! 

The Opera insights each evening have been terrific! Last Saturday night, Italy had Daylight Savings. I find it odd that the Montana isn't setting the clocks back this year until November 3rd?? Isn't that crazy? I thought that everyone all over the world changed the time ( if they were going to ) at the same time, on the same day. Shows you what I know..... How confusing! 

So, we set out clocks back, then when we fly home we will set them forward and then two days later we will set them back again. Just seems funny. 

Yesterday we had a pumpkin decorating contest. I was on the team with Cynthia Hamilton and Sunny Livesay. Here is our creation all made from vegetables and fruit. The judges will announce the winners tonight. We were inspired to use vegetables and fruit to create a likeness of our wonderful chief Deno! 


Monday, October 21, 2013

We arrived in Tuscany!

Today we traveled by bus from Rome to Tuscany and arrived at Dievole 2 hours late. There was a wicked storm that flooded the road and a huge truck went over the rail, stopping traffic for over two hours.

But we arrived safely and ...

This place is amazing! Everyone in the painting holiday arrives tomorrow! 


Oops! This just happened to slip in with the other photos! I love this CAR!!!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ancient Ruins

Yesterday was amazing! We traveled down to the south west corner of Rome, to the ancient ruins of Ostia Antica. Built in the 1st and 2nd century AD.

The Romans have spent decades digging out this once famous and prosperous city on the mouth of the Tiber river. It was haunting to stroll down the streets, walk On the mosaic tiled floors and feel, just for a moment, like I was wearing a toga!

Tomorrow we head to Tuscany for the preliminary planning before the others arrive on Tuesday.

Big hugs,Susan

Friday, October 18, 2013


So today was the day for the Vatican tour and that included the Sistine Chapel. Wow! They now include the Vatican museum, amazingly beautiful! Here are a couple highlights from the day!

Here are a couple photo highlights from the day!

Weather continues to delight and food continues to be extremely tempting!  Just found some non dairy gelato !! I am in heaven!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rome is Magnificent!

Wouldn't this fine fellow make a great model! Giunluiggi was our very informative guide this morning on private tour of the major ruins in Rome.


I was here in 1969 and again in 1972. I was amazed at the ruins then and flabbergasted at them now. Between the early 70's and now, they have excavated much much more! The ruins have come to life, all of the many many layers and layers of history! I am amazed and dazzled!

Rome is incredible!

Fabulous weather! Incredible food, great people, tons and tons of history!

Did I mention that Rome is Wonderful!



This is a detail from our hotel here in Rome. And YES, it does have an elevator!

Monday, October 14, 2013

First Italy Post

Buon Giorono! 

Right now...Howard and I are in New York, on our way to teach painting and drawing in Italy, Tuscany to be exact. This is an artist's paradise. The light is heavenly, the little red roofs delightful and the food incredible. 17 artists and 6 non- artists will be meeting us in Siena for a 10 day painting workshop. We can't wait to share our joy of Italy.  For months Howard has been brushing up on his Italian!
First question for artists, even before we think of "what is the weather like there?" Is... "What do I pack for art supplies??"  I always suggest as little and light as possible.


This is a very simple watercolor set, complete with some drawing tools.
On our trip, Some will be painting in watercolors, some in oils  and some will be drawing.
Word to the wise....Always pack your tubes of paint in your checked luggage.

As for clothes, bring as little as possible, dress in layers and for me I bring lots of scarves to make me feel like I have variety.

So, here we go, I will attempt to keep you up dated as we explore the vineyard and villages of autumn in Tuscany! Thanks for coming along as readers on this adventure! 

Wish you were with us,

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