My husband and I have been married since 2006, and we love living in Raleigh, NC.. Sam is a great writer, photographer, sailor, and a technical guru. Without him, there would be no blog. I’m a landscape oil painter and enjoy working outdoors, beginning most of my paintings on-location.
In Sept. of 2013, we set out on a two week adventure to Italy. The following pages describe our travels and showcases some of the paintings I began in Florence, Siena, and along the western coast of Liguria. What an amazingly beautiful country. I hope you enjoy our posts – please share your comments! And for additional info about my work and availability please visit my web site at http://www.sharonbass.com.
Plans changed this morning: Instead of driving to Portofino first thing, I walked my painting gear down to the Recco harbor to catch a ferry to points south along the coastline. I’m especially interested to see the San Fruttuoso harbor, and today … Continue reading →
It poured rain today, but I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to be ‘stuck’ than Hotel Elena. Set up laptop in Cafe & FINALLY answered some business & personal emails while the wind howled & the waves crashed. Amazing views … Continue reading →
A gorgeous day on the Ligurian coast! Although my Hotel Elena in Recco offers a wonderful breakfast & terrific views of the Recco Harbor, I wanted to get OUT early this morning and walk to the nearby plaza to experience the people and … Continue reading →
Story by Sam Q. Bass, Thurs., Sept. 12th: YESTERDAY, while Sharon was out painting, I spent the afternoon walking around old Siena. I was fortunate to join the last VIP tour to the very TOP of the Siena Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Siena). The … Continue reading →
Sadly, Sam began his return trip to Raleigh early this morning. He will fly from Florence to Paris to Detroit, and finally Raleigh. I will be lonely without him the next few days. I’m especially grateful for his sacrifice of time … Continue reading →
First day plans were slightly altered by rain, but we still had a great day touring the countryside for some good painting spots. We have a few shots to share of old Siena from motoring thorough and stopping between rain showers.