Santa Monica Beach

I went to Santa Monica Beach today after the last two days being stuck at home a bit sick and coughing. I was feeling better today, thank god! I have to travel to NYC again tomorrow for the weekend. All this moving and traveling is starting to exhaust me =( Hopefully things will simmer down when I get back next week. I’ve been all over the place even in NYC before I moved out to LA. I’m hoping for a sense of feeling more grounded in one place for once. It was really nice going to the beach today and sitting on the sand and painting! I have a little travel watercolor set and a small watercolor sketchbook from Italy. These sketches I do are fairly small and takes less than an hour, but for me it brings me back to that sense of peace again when I create. Happy =)

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Lucca watercolor sketch.

Last night’s watercolor sketch on a 7 x10 watercolor sketchbook I purchased in Florence. This is a scene from Lucca I painted from one of my many pictures of Italy. I’ve been experimenting with different colors… I loved this view from the tower that we climbed! I can’t go a day without painting a background! I’m hooked.

Summer Pleinair studies from Italy.

It’s been almost a week now since I’ve gotten back to New York from Florence, Italy. I spent two months this summer from June to August in Florence and did a summer study abroad program in Pleinair Painting. It was an amazing and life changing experience that I still am having a hard time putting into words. I’ve also been blogging about the places I’ve gone to in Italy, you could read about them here at my other blog www.awakebutstilldreaming.com¬†and you can find posts directly related to my experiences in Pleinair Painting as a sport and My last week Pleinair Painting in Florence, Italy.

Here are some of my few favorite quick studies from this summer that I wanted to share. Most of them were done on location, except for a few that I did inside the studio.