Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Boboli Gardens, Sketch Crawl

On Saturday I took my University of Connecticut art students on a "sketch crawl" at the Boboli Gardens in Florence, Italy. For the uninitiated, a sketch crawl is a group of artists getting together and drawing on location. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time. We even enjoyed lunch afterward, courtesy of Palazzo Rucellai (where the students are currently enrolled). What's better than a morning of drawing? A morning of drawing followed by as much pizza and salad as you can eat.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pre-Holiday Dinner

Just a little visual record of the recent pre-holiday dinner celebrated with friends (and artists) Patti Argoff and Deborah Dancy. Good food, good times, good friends. This is what the holidays are all about!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Merlot. A Bit of Sanity.

When in doubt, a small glass of merlot seems helpful. Just a small glass, in all its ruby-red deliciousness.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving I celebrated in a non-traditional way... but it did include this fabulous CAO cigar! Well worth it. Hope your Thanksgiving was just as enjoyable.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

More Adventures in Gastronomia

Recently I had the opportunity to try the "Selezione Salumi de Cinghiale" (Wild Boar Salami Selection) at Il Santino, a nice little wine bar on Via Santo Spirito, 60R, in Florence, Italy. My recommendation? Yes!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chianti! Chianti! Chianti!

Chianti Festival! What a time! Held at the Palazzo della Repubblica in Florence, there was no shortage of delicious chiantis and olive oils to taste and covet. Though it was hard to choose, I ended up with a great organic chianti for my very own. If you are ever in Italy, check out the Fattoria Sant'Andrea vintners. Good stuff!

Chestnuts, All Kinds of Ways

It's truly fall- here in Florence and at home in the U.S., chestnuts roasting on the street smell great and taste even better. Here's a sketchbook page dedicated to the humble chestnut and the joy it brings!