I doubt that's how the farmers call their cows to the barn in the Azores, Portugal, but that's how my grampa called his cows in at night. I came across this straggler on a back road on the island of Angra do Heroismo, Portugal, when the night birds were flying.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
I began the Virtual Paintout month in Lido a little discouraged, thinking I would not find anything interesting enough to paint there. It's pretty touristy, which is unappealing to me. But it forced me to look a little harder and I found subject matter away from the towns. On the same country lane where I found my fruit picker, below, I discovered a long row of morning glories on a wire fence. I should have remembered, paradise is everywhere!
Monday, May 20, 2013
I discovered this girl pedaling down a country lane in Lido Di Jesolo and stopped to take a closer look. Garbed in her yellow kitchen gloves and with a full bike basket and bucket of fruit, it seems she's been picking her neighbors' fruit. The bucket appears to hold mangoes.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
This bit of weirdness was painted from a tiny, pixelated screen grab from Google Street View in Lido Di Jesolo, Italy, May's Virtual Paintout location. I've spent many hours looking for inspiration there but it wasn't working for me, until I saw these ladies loaded up with beach gear. Because I could barely see them in the screen shot, I was free to make up a lot of stuff, including their backstory. I accidentally gave "Sandy" big hair and since the location's only commerce is tourism, I decided she's a hard working waitress on her day off, taking her old mum to the beach. Margie the mom doesn't get out much, so I gave her some bright red lipstick and fresh hennaed curls for the outing. It was fun but I suspect I need to get out more myself or next you know, I could be dolling up like Margie. ;)