This is the first day of our two week European tour. How exciting since it is our first ever trip to Europe. Our first stop is Rome. After settling in our apartment which is just a stone throw away from the railway station, Sarah navigated our way to the ancient Roman ruin in the drizzle of the rain in the evening.
After submitting my answer to this week's CBC Radio 2 Sunday music quiz, I stopped by this church with Ukrainian heritage. I am pretty sure one of the three possible former Soviet destinations immortalized by the music in the clue is Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, which used to be part of USSR.
Came back from working overnight at 7 and looking out of the window, I saw the first light of the day breaking into the silence of the morning, and did this quick oil sketch before lying down to catch a few hours of sleep.
After the rain stopped , there was a glimmer of light on the wet street. The baby kid from across the street ventured out onto the edge of the street under the watchful eyes of the mother from their doorsteps.
This is my last painting class at the painting studio of the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. The five students have been very productive right to the last class. I did this quick oil sketch of them painting to the last minute of the class.
Drove to Ron and Sally's place to paint from their property of the two blossoming trees around 5 p.m when the full afternoon sunlight was shining on them and on the small church steeple in the distance.
Heavy rain started to pour with the gust of wind late in the afternoon. Around 9 p.m the rain stopped and there is a flash of warm wash of sunlight spreading across the evening sky for just a few minutes before darkness of the night took over the sky again. I grabbed my pochade box , and standing by the window I did this quick oil sketch in 10 minutes.
Against the strong gust of wind I set up my easel after supper on Maureen's driveway to paint the view of the other side of Balmoral Bay looking west where the lone shrub was in full bloom against the setting sunlight.
With the intense sunlight on John Gross's fence where his crab apple tree is ready to bloom I set up my easel to paint in the afternoon on the path leading from Balmoral Bay to McLeod Drive when two young kids with their dog walked past me into my view.
Missed the sight of the super moon due to rainy and cloudy sky for the last two nights. However early in the morning I had the fortune to witness the full moon in the sky, and hence this quick oil sketch at 5 a.m.