Sorry you did not hear from me last week! Malcolm and I were in Italy
and having problems trying to send photos on strange computers.
I have come back much fitter after two weeks of walking up and down
the steep slopes of Tuscany. I have shed several pounds but, for those
of you in the weight challenge, I have to admit I will not make the
10 pound loss target by June 30th.
Working with Becky in Cortona, Italy
Every day, after an early morning walk around the outside of the city
walls, I worked on etchings in my daughter Becky's studio. Becky is
an experienced print maker. When she lived in Washington, she taught
print making at GW University and the Corcoran School of Art. Working
along side her is a joy. She knows me so well and understands what I
am seeking to achieve as we develop the images together.
Pat's new home in the hills of Italy (orange roof in center of photo)
This was my fourth stay in Cortona. I enjoy being there so much that
I bought a house in partnership with Becky and her husband Roberto.
Becky and family will be living in a large apartment on the top floor
and Malcolm and I will have a smaller one on the lower floor. Becky
and I will share a spacious studio in the basement.
The house is high on a hillside overlooking glorious countryside. I
expect to make three visits a year, combining family time, etching time
and time spent walking to keep this aging body active.
Pat with Sophie and Michaela and their Italian Muscovy ducks.
Next week I fly to Panama for another session of uninterrupted painting
before heading for Waynesboro and the Open House at the Barn on July
1921. I am looking forward to that weekend and once again being
with those of you who are able to be there.