TBT – Enjoying the warmth of the sun before the rain returns

“I want to remove my hat, close my eyes, and feel the sun, warm and intermittent, on my face.” ~ William Collins. Tilley hat (made in Canada) painted last year before our trip to Havana, Cuba.  Watercolour and ink in my journal. Intermittent is the key word this year as the sun teases us with […]

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TBT – Where has the sunshine gone?

My weather alert app keeps reminding me that it will rain in 15 minutes. It is 95% certain that rain will fall. I don’t doubt it. We have had so much rain this summer that our garden vegetables are rotting from the stems upward.  Some friends of ours have uprooted their whole garden and simply […]

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The rain in Spain results in adjusting my sails

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” Elizabeth Edwards. Not long after we arrived in Spain, we had two days of bad weather. All four of us accepted that there would be no long walks on the Paseo Maritimo in Torremolinos, no exploring other […]

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Sketches from my travel journal – the first days

“Find things beautiful as much as you can, most people find too little beautiful.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh. What an easy assignment it was to “find things beautiful” in Spain. I didn’t have to look very far to seek inspiration for my travel sketchbook. Just walking along the beach and selecting colourful seashells amongst the […]

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Sensuous hands of the flamenco dancers of Seville

The sensual hand gestures in flamenco dancing are mesmerizing to watch. Sometimes languid, sometimes frenetic and wild, the circular movements of the hands and the fanning of the fingers and the snapping, (either combined or separate) have a hypnotizing effect on the audience. I love the passion of the movements, the spiraling spine, the hip […]

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What my travel sketches will not reveal about me

“You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.” ~ John Singer Sargent. As you read this, I will be basking in the warm sun on the Costa del Sol. With all the rain we have had here lately, sunshine will be a pleasant change for us. My sketchbook and a few […]

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