Odd Bits

There have been a few things I meant to post but forgot or didn’t have time. Here they are…

The first morning I woke up in Viareggio, I opened the window and leaned out for a look. Much to my surprise I was looking down on a very quirky garden patio like I had never seen before. I can’t tell which of the plants are real but they are on every surface. It was arresting to see!

When I went down to the lobby I stopped at the desk and asked if it was some sort of art installation. The clerk said no, that particular property is a private suite where someone lives. How intriquing! I would love to know who laid out this whimsical garden… and why!

A second odd bit is this little turtle…

ImageIt is not something I sought out – it was foisted on me by an African street vendor. The Africans, usually from Senegal, are very very bold. In Costa Rica the street vendors are not allowed into hotel or restaurant properties, but that isn’t true here. Everywhere I’ve been, they approach on the street and even in the cafes. They come right up to the table and nudge you with their goods if you don’t look at them. They even try to hand you things and force you to take them so you will feel obligated to buy. One lady laid a bracelet beside my plate and I just shoved it back. Then she walked away. I’ve noticed others completely ignoring them, too, but they will actually stand in your way as you get up from your table to block you. I don’t like it, even though I know they are very poor. But this vendor set this little turtle right next to my glass of wine and I had a bit of homesick moment. Turtles always make me think of Colin (whose first word was “turtle”) and I liked the looks of the little thing. So I gave the vendor a few Euros and this will be my Italian Colin turtle to set on a shelf back home.

Third odd bit… sketches!

ImageImageHere I am calling this blog The Sketchy Life and there have been no sketches posted! Well, I haven’t done a lot yet, but a few.. And I can’t scan them in nice and flat so a photo will have to do. So here’s a couple drawings with more to come. And when I looked at these I thought to myself, daggone it, they are my usual tight little drawings that I always do. I want to loosen up! So I’ll be experimenting with that and we’ll see how it goes.

Ciao for now…

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellyn
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 09:59:14

    I read Colin the turtle bit and he jumped up and down in excitement!


  2. MaryBeth Tipton
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 22:08:53

    The sketches are beautiful!!!! You are so talented!


  3. Billy D
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 06:42:20

    Random acts of shrubery and turtles. I like it!


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