Italian Vacation

On Sunday I will be leaving for a two week vacation in sunny (I hope) Italy. I will probably not be blogging from there; I will not have much free time. However, I will be sketching and casing out some future paintings. This painting is of the door that used to be on the house that my great grandfather built many years ago. My grandfather came from a small hill town in Calabria, Sersale. You can see Calabria on the map below. The house is still occupied and owned by family members. The last time I visited, this door was gone, a new modern sturdy door was in its place. At least they painted it green. (Painting is in my own personal collection)

Map of Calabria

This visit to Italy will take me from Milan to Calabria and back again. I will be traveling via train, plane, bus and automobile. I’ll be back with lots of fresh ideas, thanks for reading!

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12 thoughts on “Italian Vacation”

  1. Oh Mimi, this picture is so wonderful! I want to talk to you more about it when you are home.

    Have a wonderful trip and let me know when you’ve back home.


  2. How beautiful! And how lovely to have a history behind the painting.

    The colour of the stone puts in mind of John Singer Sargent’s watercolours of Venice, where he would paint just the bottom row of stones of a huge palazzo, just where they disappeared into the turquoise waters of the lagoon. Every time I see one of those watercolours I’m overcome big a huge fit of “WANT” – and this painting has done exactly the same!!

    Bon Voyage!

  3. I’ll miss you while you’re gone, sweetie. I’m looking forward to the stories, sketches, paintings and goodies that you always manage to bring home. Hugs to all my friends.

  4. Have a fabulous trip Mimi. The village is in a part of Calabria I haven’t explored yet – my flat is in Pollino National Park in the north of Calabria.

    This is a lovely watercolour. I hope to see lots of sketches & finished paintings on your return.

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