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Still Learning

I've been painting since our LAST Italy trip, and now it is time to PACK the paints and leave again!

We will start our vacation in Varenna, on Lake Como.


We hope to see some of the beautiful villas on the lake.


I'm working on a view of the Gulf of Poets right now, as we will be in Lerici for 5 days.

Then a week in Piemonte, where we will see the grapes just before the harvest.



I haven't painted anything that reminds me of Bologna (FOOD is what always comes to mind), but I'm sure we'll see a church or two! I plan to take lots of photos of porticos to paint when we return.


Yesterday, I tried to paint my own back yard!


I think I learn one tiny new thing with each painting I do. I'm learning about water, reflections, layers of leaves, what to paint first or last in a scene, or different uses for different brushes. My paintings aren't much better yet, but I really relax when I paint, and it keeps me out of the shops and the fridge! Lessons are definitely in the works for this winter!

Comments (16)

My goodness, these are lovely. You must continue and build on your innate ability. If for no other reason, the sense of wholeness and relaxation would make your endeavors worthwhile!

and...happy travels. Be sure to visit the extraordinary setting of Villa Balbianello (from the Lenno boat stop) along with Villa Carlotta, Melzi and the other slightly less famous but engaging villas.

Hugs to you both,

WOW, those are beautiful! Have a great time...eat lots of gelato. I love Lerici, we went there a couple of summers ago. Beautiful beach. Ciao!


Palma, your paintings are so colorful and bright. They reflect the person that you are. They're beautiful!


Lovely, Palma -- I'm excited for you and Brad and I'll be interested to see more of your work after your trip. (Is it 2 more sleeps?)


I second seeing Villa Balbianello - it was our favorite Lakes villa.

I see lots of new paintings in your future . . .


Ciao sorella e fratello...tanti auguri per un Felice Anniversario!!

I really like the painting of your backyard.

Tanti baci...Ida


I am in awe of anyone who paints. I paint about as well as I sing.... or cook!

Palma as much as you enjoy company I know that your trips to Italy with just Brad are very special - so I know you will have a wonderful time.

Safe travels and hugs to you both.

Nancy L:

Palma, have a fabulous trip and know that we'll all be looking forward to news from you.

Buon viaggio, Nancy


The backyard scene is my favorite... maybe because it is one scene that I have witnessed.

All of the paintings look terrific! Enjoy your trip and are you going to be there for your anniversary? Have an awesome celebration!

Shelagh (SJ):

I hope you both have a lovely holiday; and I too am in awe of your happy paintings!! They cheer me up!!!
What a wonderful talent!
Safe journey.

I also recommend Villa Balbianello! Have a fantastic trip!!


Palma, I had now idea. How did you start painting like this? Oh, and have a great trip!

Barb Cabot:

These are lovely paintings,delicate and sweet. I am truly amazed at how you can capture perspective at such an early stage in your paintings. That is so difficult and you are really gaining on your skills. I particularly love
the second painting with the steps but each one has such a charm. You do not shy away from challenge and to take on a drawing/painting of porticos leaves me in awe. I know this is just the beginning. Have fun in Italy Palma! I'll be reading your blog as you travel.


Wonderful paintings, Palma! What a neat hobby.

Ann M:

My goodness Palma, do your talents never end! The paintings are FABULOUS. I can see them as little note cards someday - there's another little business for you! Sorry to hear about your laptop - hope it's returned soon.

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