Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sicilian garden art

Some details from a lovely Sicilian garden I got to hang out in this weekend. 

Stone heads are a common sight in doorways around here. 
This is a fun one I think.

Wisteria, beautiful wisteria is blooming all around us. 
Take a deep breath.
Smell that sweet loveliness.

Sweet glass birds hanging from a garden tree.
Would anyone notice if I took one home with me?
Just kidding of course, wouldn't think of it. But I do love these!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring inspiration. Beautiful marzamemi

What a long time it has been since I've stopped by to share on this special spot of mine.

There are lots of reasons why that has been, but I don't think now is the time to go into all that. 

I'd much rather talk about fun things like our recent day trip to beautiful Marzamemi.

I've written about Marzamemi before, but I can't resist adding my latest impressions. It is a a stunning old fishing village with a sweet port, full of those colorful wooden fishing boats that are so typically Sicilian. Just beside the port is a majestic piazza lined with beautiful old buildings, just begging to be photographed while sitting at a cafe sipping your beverage of choice. This is also the perfect spot for an impromptu soccer match with the kiddos, so (reminder to self) don't forget to bring a ball.

In the summer months the main reason to come here is to spend a day at one of the nearby beaches, all of which are of the fine white sand, limpid blue water variety.

You can also eat delicious food of course. Seafood and tomatoes are what it is best known for. Tomatoes are grown in fields all around the town and they just don't get any sweeter than this. 

We spent some time surrounded by such fields, in a peaceful countryside spot at a dear friend's house. I just love it when countryside comes with seaside views. They have chosen to cultivate olives rather than tomatoes, and we wandered through the rows of olive trees, picked wild daisies and hunted for ladybugs. The kids got lost in their own adventures so there was also time to sneak away and find a quiet place to sketch. 

Yes sketch! 

My beloved new phone has a little stylus and a Sketchbook app that has opened up a magical, colorful and whimsical world of digital art making. I have made a little challenge to myself to make a sketch a day, and so far I have been meeting the challenge pretty well. For some reason this technique just inspires me to create and has allowed me to embrace my love of being creative in a new way that is also really fun and easy to share. 

So as I snuck away with my phone I knew I was heading for a patch of those vibrant, happy, yellow daisies. 

And this is what they inspired me to create. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Louise Nevelson in Catania

There's a little piece of NYC here in Catania these days.
A Louise Nevelson exhibit.
Rooms full of small to enormous 
striking, inspiring, beautiful, relevant
makes you want to start hammering nails into wood
Painted all black - shadowy, the sum of all colors.
Or all white - purity.
Or all gold - shimmering like the sun.
A life story that's real and full of things to inspire
like hard work and dedication,
even during hard times,
being a woman in a man's world.
And then visionary things, 
the feeling that you are witness to 
something larger than life,
a creative  energy.
A feeling you get when experiencing the 
remains of a person
who has lived life doing what they love
creating objects that make you 
feel connected,
part of something beautiful and meaningful,
a gift to the world. 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Aci Castello in November

 Looking up at the castle
it's hard to tell where natural lava rock ends and man made bricks begin
I love how they blend together almost seamlessly
one fortress
surrounded by the sea
not just your average sea
but a gorgeous turquoise rocky bottomed sea
inviting you in for a swim - 
even in November!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The secret garden

It's hard to believe that behind this little door
on a busy street not far from where I live
is a little produce stand,
where two men sell seasonal fruits and veggies 
grown on  a lush piece of land right behind it.

Somehow had to tell me about it
otherwise I would never have looked twice.
Even hubby was impressed with this spot
so you know it is a good one.

A real secret garden Sicilian style.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A local favorite in Acitrezza

Mythos, Acitrezza.
 It's all about the location. 
And the good company.
Beautiful spot on a sunny day.
And the granita is good too.