Monday, December 16, 2013

Baby, it's cold outside

...dear me....is it already december 16th? i recently read something a good friend of mine posted where she said that her days passed like weeks, and i'm afraid that the same goes for me too. i, honestly, can't believe how much time has passed since my last post. i probably say this more often than i should. i'm sorry for being out of touch lately.

well, first of all, it certainly feels like winter. i'm in a place where everyday there's a 
blanket of snow outside. and no, it's not italy. :-). i'm in the middle of wheat fields and cows and yet you can't see them because of the enormous layers of snow everywhere. it's beautiful, but somehow feels imprisoning. i have yet to go outside for a walk due to the biting frost and cold air. it's been one week since i've stepped outside. i realize it's because i'm not used to it and 
growing up on the west coast makes me a bit of baby.

while i'm here my husband is in italy wrapping the packages and dealing with the shop. i feel torn because i want to be there but i am here and this is where i will be for the holidays. a few paintings i've been working on are finished and so here they are.


i leave you with this wonderful quote.....

"i love you just the way you are."

the world would have much happier people if they loved this way.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Early Christmas Sale - 30% OFF on all original paintings, jewelry and prints!

does christmas seem like it's just around the corner? well….it certainly feels like it, so i'm celebrating christmas early with a sale of 
30% off on all art and jewellery! 

i feel like i'm already behind on getting prepared for this season. i've been a super busy bee updating the website and etsy shop with new art and behind the scenes shots, which has left me little time to peruse my favourite blogs and pinterest - sigh. also, i'm getting ready for a big trip and there's just never enough time in a day. my advice to myself and anyone who is in a similar situation is to remember to "breathe". it's the best reminder to ourselves to take it one step at a time and 
enjoy the present moment.

here are a few paintings that i've finished which are now available on the website and the etsy shop which i will be adding to daily. 






i painted these on 300gsm fine art paper with acrylic paint.

leaving with you some inspiration - "leave a little sparkle wherever you go."

Reese

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Abstract and Birds add vibrancy and colour to Autumn


i hope you are enjoying a lovely autumn as i am here in southern italy…the weather is not too hot and it's not cold yet to complain, and i've been going out for regular bike rides and enjoying the silence of the sea. i'm currently working on a newsletter which i hope to get out to you all soon. lately, i've started a routine of listening to my favourite stand-up comedians while i'm working, instead of the usual pop, rock or classical music. ricky gervais, russell brand, chris rock, jerry seinfeld and russell peters have been cracking me up that i have to stop with the brush so that i don't get paint in the wrong place….hence, it's making me a slower painter but a more amused one. i truly recommend these guys only if you understand true comedic genius!

a few paintings i've been working on are now finally finished and are available on my website now; and will be available soon on etsy as well. for the moment, all art on the website includes shipping and insurance, whereas, the etsy shop prices do not include shipping and insurance. i will be uploading regular artwork to www.reesecarrozzini.com and the etsy shop in time for christmas shipping.

i've aptly titled this painting - 
the universe - spherical abstract (20 x 28 inch).

also, continuing with my love of birds and nature, below 
a white throated bee-eater and an orange breasted sunbird below. 

to see some behind the studio shots, visit my website in behind the scenes  or click on art gallery.



white throated bee-eater (merops albicollis)
pencil, ink, acrylic


orange breasted sunbird
pencil, ink, acrylic


"you can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have." 
maya angelou

Reese 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Motorcycle Travels through Italy, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia - Part 2

i've been a bad blogger, however, in my defense my blog is not a commercial one, nor is it about any one particular subject nor on any regular schedule. it really is just for me to share my travels, talk about art and jewellery, and for those of you who are interested in reading it. so, then....why do i always feel guilty when i don't write for a while? can anyone shed some light on this irrational feeling of guilt that i get when i don't write for some time?

as promised a while back, here are some more photos of the motorcycle trip i took in the summer. we're still in italy in this post as it took us almost 5 days to traverse through italy before arriving in austria. grab a coffee. lean back. and enjoy the visual tour. :-)

 the basilica di san luca is a bologna landmark - popular with joggers, runners and pilgrims.
 (on the bottom right - my husband walking up the steep path with some of our heavy gear)
extraordinary view of the bologna valley from the basilica.
 portrait of me and my helmet.
 man exercising on the church grounds (one of many)

 the ongoing stairs of the church property

and going....
beautiful view of the dolomites from our hotel window.
 view of the valley below.
our dependable motorcycle sheltered from the rain.
fog and shadow in the dolomites.
quaint, faded yellow building.
  buildings falling into decay... which is common to see in all parts of italy.
i adore seeing owls in the window.
it's common to find a tower clock in almost every piazza in italy.
love our nikon - took this miniature shot of myself.
 
i look like a hobbit (minus the ears) standing on this block.
to be honest, i was surprised to see so many decaying buildings as i had thought the north
 had fewer than the south.
 gorgeous view of the river and the peaks below.
view from our window.
 
 horse carriage rides in n.italy
 a local fair in n.italy
  mini-beerfest in n. italy.
 people in traditional outfits in n.italy.

if you got to the bottom here, you definitely deserve another cup of joe. .-)

next post - Austria, Slovenia, and Croatia.
xo Reese

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