Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pink Berries

It is so lovely to be amongst family, there is so much to catch up on when you haven't seen them for awhile.  We've been in Australia now for a week and it seems that we haven't had a minute to scratch ourselves.  The children recovered well from jet-lag, it took only a few days. The fresh sea air, long walks in the sand, and plenty of fresh baked bread helped a lot.

The thing that has struck me the most about my return is the intensity of light.  Travelers the world over talk about how bright the colors are in Australia, how brilliant the blue sky, how deep the greens.  It's true!  I'm not sure why, perhaps it's because the hole in the ozone layer sits here, but the colors are stunning.  My artists' eye is in overdrive.  Everywhere I turn there is some brilliant scene full of color that just begs to be captured in my sketchbook.

Of course, finding the time to sketch, paint, and blog has been challenging, what with so much to catch up on, so many sights to share with my family, so many friends to hug.  I'm not sitting in front of the computer as much as I should.  But I know you'll all understand!

A daily ritual seems to be a visit to the local bakery/cafe.  They have a lovely outdoor area with a play set and after our morning walk along the beach, we've been dropping in for fresh espresso coffee and bread. The garden is it is everywhere in Australia since the drought broke.  But sadly there are many people being forced from their homes right now due to flood.   I'd like to send my thoughts and wishes to all the people in NSW and QLD who are affected by these floods.

Last week as we drank our coffee, I noticed that the table we sat at was under a beautiful tree.  I have no idea what it was called but it was filled with pink berries and beautiful green leaves.  I don't recall having ever seen it before, but my mother assures me we had plenty of it in our garden growing up.  I don't remember but this tree was huge, and beautiful, with little pink diamonds dripping down the branches.

Of course I bought my Twinkling H2O's with me, they were the first things to go into my suitcase.  So when I got home, I happy scribbled and splashed away in my sketchbook. And, for those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the next run of "Mastering Twinks", I am extremely thrilled to announce that it will be running again on April 13th.  Luminarte, the makers of Twinkling H2O's have invited me to run it on their site and I am so honored.  They are offering a $25 gift certificate for $10 when you register for this class.  For more information click here.

Thanks for checking in. xx