Friday, July 21, 2017

Italy off the beaten track...

Recent pet portrait I gifted to Nancy Medina., image by Carlos Medina
 I am back from a wonderful three week trip to Europe with my hubby. We had a fabulous time exploring Amsterdam, plus Florence, Saint'Angelo in Vado & Bologna, Italy. It's great to be home but my goodness I miss the foods & beauty of Italy! Amsterdam was a blast as well.  I saw so much amazing art along the way.

It all started because I wanted to take a class in Italy with artist Nancy Medina.  I had watched her postings when she did this trip last summer and it looked like a blast. It was.  Organized by Piero Pagliardini and Katherine Cohen of Italiana tours (click this to see details of Nancy's 2018 workshop during TRUFFLE season) - the entire week was amazing. It was truly a case of #deathbyitalianfood - the worst meal we had was wonderful.  Once our group arrive in Bologna we were whisked off to LeMarche and Saint'Angelo in Vado - a truly under appreciated region of Italy.  We had a terrific schedule of painting classes, activities and trips to wonderful spots in the region. If you'd like to explore a truly unique Italy, contact Itlaiana tours!

Sigh.  Where to next?

We were drunk on Sunflowers!

Vista at Terra Cruda Winery

Even the tiny grocery was fodder for a painting!

Nancy Medina (Carlos in the background)

Fresh Figs & Proscutto

My new favorite pasta: Tagliatelle!
I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Redesigning my website...

My husband & I in Monet's Garden, 2011
I am updating my website! I had every intention to join in the January "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge but have instead focused on bringing my site up to day with new painting images and Pet Portrait commission information.  Pets by Marion and Marion Corbin Mayer Fine Art all go to the same site, so I only have to update one.  I am pondering moving my blog to Weebly, but that just might be too darn much change for me to stand at once!

To do this I signed up for Leslie Saeta's "Webinarts" class.  I had used her online class several years ago to create my site originally with Weebly. This new class covers the recent changes that Weebly offers and I have to say it is impressive to discover just how seamlessly it handles videos and Paypal.  Since I had used Weebly I was able to simply change the format but all my info transferred to the new design easily. Whew!  I am grateful to have this blessing in my life.  Now to enter the wonderful world of Keywords, Search Engine Optimization and Product placement.  Feel free to click on my links and let me know if anything bounces.

I've also been exploring Instagram recently. You can find me there by clicking here. Instagram is a visual feast.  PLUS no political posts!  (Love that!) I also got a commission for a pet portrait from Texas through my Instagram posts! Here's a screen shot:

"Aggie" with her portrait & proud pappa!
Stay tuned for more adventures in painting. Tomorrow I start an abstract painting class with Jacqueline Sullivan at our local Plaza Art Supply. I am looking forward to PLAYing with art supplies. OI have decided to declare 2017 the year of PLAY!  Sometimes I get too darn serious with my art, especially commissions.  I love painting pets and really stress out on creating that perfect likeness.  Tomorrow I simply play with mark making and color. Yea!

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can