Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This month the Art League Show was juried by Berthold Schmutzhart who is a professor at the Corcoran School of Art. It was an all-media show and my painting Ellen was accepted.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Trip to Italy

I went to Italy in August with my husband and daughters for about 10 days. We started by staying outside of Florence in the Raffaello Family suite at the Villa Poggo Merili. It was so beautiful. There was a pool right up the hill from our patio that was surrounded by olive trees. We went into Florence usually twice each day and parked outside one of the main walls. We saw the Duomo (see photo of the ceiling), Uffizi, Boboli Gardens and Ponte Vecchio Bridge. I loved seeing the Birth of Venus by Botticelli in the Uffizi.

One day we went to Cinque Terre which is five coastal towns linked by a walking path and a train. We started in Monterosso al Mare and walked to the next town of Vernazza. It was a stunning view. We ate lunch there, swam for a few hours and then took the train back.

We spent the last part of the trip in Rome. We stayed at the Kolbe Hotel in Rome which had a contemporary interior and was located in the heart of ancient Rome. People can tell you about Rome, but you just have to go and see it yourself. There is no way to describe how enriched you feel after seeing all of the history and art. My favorite day was when we went over to the Vatican. In the Vatican musuem we went through the Raphael rooms and saw the School of Athens. Then we saw Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel which was for me the best part of the trip. Afterwards we walked over to St. Peter's Square and then over to the Castel St. Angelo. When we walked across the bridge with all of the angels on it, Ponte S'Angelo, they were filming a movie so we had to walk through all of the paparazzi to get across. On the way back to the hotel we stopped by the Pantheon and we just sat inside for a while.