Sunday, 8 April 2018

Eggs in a Basket



30x40cms oil on wrapped canvas Available on Etsy

All my eggs in one basket...eggs is eggs..love and eggs are best when fresh...I could go on forever!
Here's my basket of fresh local eggs on a sunny morning in Sicily. Sadly I don't have my own hens (yet) but I can get a good supply of really nice free range eggs in the village.

We don't keep our eggs in the fridge here but I know that's not the same for everyone, so where do you keep yours?



Sunday, 25 March 2018

Walking in Turin


'Walking in Turin'  oil on canvas 40x40 cms


I recently flew back to Italy via Turin and spent a day there before continuing my journey.  A day is by no means long enough to see a city but I  walked until my feet were dropping off! 
Turin is a very elegant city, one beautiful square leading to another. 



Piazza del Castello looking towards the Royal Palace




A quick sketch is a  good excuse for a rest as well as a nice lunch and glass of wine!

Buddah head from Pakistan IV-V Century AD


There are plenty of museums in Turin, I chose to visit the Musem of Oriental Art (MAO)...I lost count of the rooms and floors of this museum, housed in a 17th century palazzo. It's a well organised museum and there is every thing from Samurai armour to ancient Chinese pottery. 

I always like to save some places to visit on any future trip, so the Eygptian musuem would be next on my list...just to say hello to the mummies!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Getting bigger




Oil on wood 40x54cms


I have been painting.... I paint most days, but recently I've been dedicating my time to some bigger paintings. (I'll post those at a later date).  I got a bit bored with the small 20x20cms format so I decided to change everything around for a while.

This cherry painting is somewhere in between, it's long and narrow and the cherries are really big. I enjoyed painting this one...I love the colours. The background is roughly painted in gold, it took quite a few layers to get a reasonably compact colour.

This painting is available from my Etsy shop if you've got place for it on one of your walls!
Etsy shop DustyLane Studio

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The 'orange' season



oil on wood, 20x20cms SOLD

Time flies...! We are nearing the end of February and I still feel as the year has just begun.
I've been painting some larger works and have yet to finish them off and photograph them.  For now here's a painting from last year that happily sold straightaway.
We are well into the 'orange ' season and the trees here are heavy with fruit, the lemons are nearly ready so the drive down the dusty lane is quite colourful!


Monday, 1 January 2018

Happy 2018 !!






Wishing everyone who takes the time to view or comment on my blog a very, very happy and serene 2018.
Who know what this year will bring? 
Thank you for your continuing  support, it's very much appreciated.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

It's all about Summer




Sold


I don't think it's a secret that I love to paint fruit!?  Here is a couple from this summer, apricots, strawberries and cherries.  All my favourite colours.




Available on Etsy

Monday, 11 September 2017

Fireworks and Toffee apples



'Toffee apples' oil on wood 20x20cms, available on Etsy


The summer holidays are over and it's back to school this week.  I'm not a big fan of extremely hot weather and spend most of August at home so now  the worst of the heat has gone it's time to get moving again.

During the summer months the evenings are the best time to take a walk or socialise and you often find young children playing on the seafront up until midnight.  It's that time of year when each village or town has it's annual festival or  'feste' to honour their patron saint.



These are busy occasions with funfairs, stalls and fireworks.


People come from all over to enjoy special traditions to each town and to see the free concerts or sit out and eat on the streets. 



Even the horses get dressed up ready to pull their Sicilian carts!


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