Hello, hello for Day two of my 2015 end of year recap and giveaway!!
So grateful to have you all along for the ride!
Today I'm sharing my year with you all through the lens of color!
These pics are not in any particular order but this one taken of me at the very beginning of the tour in Palm Desert California pretty much sums up my love of color ( ahem and pattern!)
The whole way along I found myself surrounded by fellow color afficionados, like here in my friend and hosts Dakri's gorgeous studio where I stayed on the banks of the Ohio in Newburgh, Indiana. It always helps having fluffy friends to cuddle with when you're far from home too. I could do a whole other blog post on that!
In Albuquerque I took a stroll around the neighbourhood where I was staying with my wonderful friends Annie and Ed Hooten who will be hosting me again in 2017. This fab truck caught my eye. i wonder why? ;p
In Coconut Grove Florida we spent a wonderful few days with my sweet Aunty Robyn and family and she took us to see the Chihuly exhibition which was truly mesmerising!
Of course color was the main ingredient in my demo paintings along the way. This incarnation of my demo at Whidbey Island Washington, I loved very much. Of course it turned into several different paintings after this before deciding to be an underwater scene ;)
The welcoming and picturesque town of Coupeville on Whidbey was filled with colorful characters and scenes!
In Dallas these two lovelies and twenty or so others filled my weekend with color and smiles :)
While back on Whidbey my other demo painting decided it was time for a bit of burlesque!
and a different golden light surrounded us at Gaudis extraordinary Basilica de Familia Sagrada in Barcelona!
Cooler colors in beautiful Ireland with a pop of red in some fun boots I picked up along the way!
Similar scenes of color in two very different places! Outside Buckingham Palace
and strolling the streets of Oaxaca City where I am planning a Paint mojo retreat in 2017!
Color was EVERYWHERE in Oaxaca!
and also in Porto, Portugal. This city delighted us in every aspect!
In the South of Portugal we cruised the turquoise sea in Lagos in abright red boat!
While San Sebastian, Spain offered a different beach experience (!!) in the height of Summer for my birthday week in July.
Color popped up in scrumptious street art, this one was one of my favorites in Porto.
while the Uk offered a more muted palette with pops of vibrancy punctuating the landscape here and there.
In Wales we fell in love with the wild history...
the quirky villages
and their attempts to color coordinate with my wardrobe!
In Oaxaca we learnt about the cochineal bug and the incredible array of red dyes that can be obtained from it.
and we feasted our eyes on the colorful animalitos made locally. Several of them jumped into our suitcases and emigrated to Australia!
Mexico is always a feast for my senses whether I'm in the desert in Baja or the marketplace in any town or city!
and of course my sweet students are a constant source of color inspiration, the lovely and talented Tracey Creighton in France!
and the vibrant and passionate Clare Campbell of Big Love Sista in Brighton, UK....
wishing you all rainbows of possibility every day!
and lots of luck in my end of year giveaway!
Remember to leave a comment below to be in the draw AND let me know if you share on FB, Instagram. Twitter etc for more chances to win!
Be sure to visit each of the nine posts for extra chances:)
All winners will be drawn on Jan 11th!
Today's giveaway is this original painting on paper which featured in the March, April 2015 edition of Cloth Paper Scissors and is valued at $250