It seems that this year was a year to get things done. Reaching December feels really good to me. My new book "Acrylic Color Explorations" is out and available. Working on a book takes the better part of a year and half. At this time last December I was in Cincinnati at F & W (North Light) shooting the photos for the pages. In between writing and editing and teaching, I traveled. All in all I was away from home for 14 weeks in 2015. I love to travel, don't get me wrong. When I travel I encounter visual delights that are amazing. This year we were in Cleveland visiting the Grand boys 4 times. We love them so much that we decided to buy a condo and spend part of the year beginning in 2016 closer to them. The condo is on Lake Erie and we look forward to our time there. Kids really keep your creativity in high gear. My first career was an early childhood educator and I so appreciate that it enabled me to stay in touch with the fluidty of childhood. Moving quickly, thinking on your feet, being silly, expressing creatively. We also visited Annapolis, Maryland for the first time. What a lovely old sea port. We took a long (almost 4 weeks) road trip up California, through Oregon and onto Washington visiting friends and family, teaching some, and getting to know the Pacific Northwest. My oldest lives in Seattle and we were there in the glory of spring. Trees were ablaze with color, the weather was lovely and crisp. We took some side roads, meandering through places we had never been. I saw more rhododendrons of various varieties than I could count. VIsiting an Iris farm was a highlight for sure. These regal flowers are just my favorites. Our "big" journey was a trip back to Italy to visit Rome, Florence, and Venice. I was enchanted with Venice, loved every bit of its meandering streets and canals. Florence is fraught with tourists, but the art is not to be missed. The food was spectacular too. Rome as always is never-ending in its possibilities. There is always more to discover. As I write this I'm heading off to Florida to see my family (sister,brother, and cousins, aunt and uncle, etc.), teach a couple of classes, and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean. By the time I return it will be time for the Rose Parade here in Pasadena and of course that means 2016 is right around the corner.
Before I close, I'd like to ask you to leave a comment on this page about the place you saw or visited this year that made an impression on you. I'll be picking one of you to send a little gifty to. Of course, I'd love for you to let me know if you liked my new book as well. (And please leave a review on Amazon if you liked it!)
Here's to the close of a fruitful and adventuresome 2015 and a artful and fulfilling 2016!