Sunday, May 29, 2011

More School Kids

Our Groupies

One day, while painting on a shaded bench in Amalfi, we were joined by a group of school children. They were learning English and tried so hard to communicate. We ended up painting little pictures for each of them, per their requests. Snakes, bunnies, monsters, butterflies, etc. Some got smudged before they were dry, but they all seemed thrilled and we were happy to bring smiles to their beautiful faces. Their teacher gave us 7 euros and would not take it back, even though we protested.

More Amalfi Photos

Mules are still used to haul things through the narrow streets of towns on the Amalfi Coast.

Two photos of our patio. What a wonderful place to play my flute and paint. They are both the same photo because I don't know how to remove the duplicate. Sorry. Still in my learning curve.

More Amalfi Photos

Loved these antiques hanging outside an Amalfi shop.

Laundry is usually hanging on lines outside of balconies, or from balconies. I felt guilty putting so much in the dryer. Our little drying rack does not hold very much.

A couple of Kay's paintings.

The window scene was done during a sedate period, when I was paying attention to Janice. It is called Shadows of Bevagna. The other painting is when my expressionistic self (the wild side) came out to play. It is called Buona Notte Amalfi. I am such a Gemini....More paintings will follow, including Bob's, after we finish unpacking and settling into being home.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Amalfi Photos

Our apartment was in the town of Atrani. It overlooked the Tyrrhenian Sea, church towers and domes, houses on the hillside, and beautiful beaches. I have marked where our apartment was. Atrani is 2 km from Amalfi, 0along a winding road, through one vehicle and one pedestrian tunnel. Jerry, Janice, Bob and I walked to Atrani each morning and evening to catch up with the fellow artist who lived in Atrani.

The Atrani Coast is famous for growing lemons and making Lemoncello. The hillsides are peppered with lemon groves. The lemons are very large.

The beautiful blue boat is used in rowing regattas, popular along the Amalfi Coast.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Broken Promises

I promised to share our vacation with our friends who read our blog, but, alas, our computer is on the fritz and I can only share without pictures for now. We are staying in a darling apartment in Atrani, a 15 minute walk from Amalfi. Our first day of painting was in Amalfi. Bob and I sat on the pier and painted cityscapes from that vantage point. After lunch, we were sitting on a shaded bench when a group of school children gathered around and tried to communicate with their English and our minimal Italian. We ended up painting a miniature painting for each of them and the teacher gave us 12 euros. Butterflies, birds, and snakes were very popular. The took them before they dried, so some of them got smudged, but they seemed happy.

Yesterday, we painted in Atrani. I settled in at a restaurant and painted most of the day there. Bob painted on the beach. Last evening we had a pot luck with the other painters, in Amalfi.

Today, we took the ferry to Positano. What a beautiful town. Once again, I found a restaurant and the waiter, Luca, kept me in coffee and water until Bob joined me for lunch. Such a fun way to paint. Tomorrow, we go to Ravello. More when we get to internet cafe again. K