Thursday, September 16, 2010

Art of the Day

I had so much fun painting this!
'Sunflowers in Pinkness'
For my 3Day Susan G. Komen Team: Babes for Boobs
Its a silent auction item fro tonite's fundraiser... $350 
12 x 12" An Original Acrylic on canvas.


Inspired by.........  You guessed it!!!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunflowers!!!! ..." Les Tournesols" ....They heal the soul...

Just outside of Esperaza...Southern France
"Stop the car!"



This one looks a little sad......



Down the road... we'll look for more.......coming just around the corner.



Friday, September 10, 2010

2010 Tour de France

Waiting, waiting... for the 2010 Tour de France coming through the village of Esperaza...

Charming man who gave up his seat for me...
Laureen, Me and Cindy...

Plus our nice new friends....
That had many opinions about life and love and bicycles....


But FIRST!  a parade!!!!!!









huh?




Oh yea?

.. an on wheels...

.. HOW niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.....

Still waiting.............



Reminded me of TRON...
But where's the race?
Oh- but wait- is THAT them?


Getting towards the end....all pix where shot just over the same blue hat...
It was simply a quick breeze in the wind...


et VOILA!  (the support team)

"A Bientot!"

Monday, September 6, 2010

Shall we skip to Peru my darling?




Peru by Pen and Paints  By Cherry Sweig  April 29- May 14, 2009
   I have traveled my life as an artist. Even as a young child, I sketched during family vacations to remember it all in my own voice, capturing much more than a camera. This impulse unfolded into the  ‘en plein air’ technique- starting with small portfolios that developed into larger artworks.  Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Egypt, Africa and the California coastline have inspired me into taking every chance to create, from wherever I am.
   So, when I saw a brochure from Flying Colors Workshops, I didnt hesitate to sign up for Linda Doll’s  sketch booking in Peru.   Vibrant colors far and wide, ladies wearing marvelous hats, dancers with scissors, a spiritual mountain top city, Inca stone carvings, homes on floating islands and the highest navigational lake in the world –these tempting images drew me to my first adventure below the equator in un-charted waters for a watercolorist.
   Our sketchbooks followed Linda’s course of quick drawings using pencil, permanent pens and watercolors. As we traveled through Peru at a swift pace, it became a delicate contest for me to record the sites from an artist’s viewpoint. As our bus, train, airplane and feet carried us through this country of extremes, I recorded the scenes from wavering stances, windows and seats. The pages of my book began to summarize once-in-a lifetime memories in a way only a quick sketch can.
   Peru is as rich in themes for an artist as it is brimming with history and staggering heights to climb. In just two short weeks that seemed like two months, we saw more than I ever anticipated. From a homemade lunch with 30 Peruvian women and their distinguishing hats, Machu Piccu at sunset and sunrise, Ollantaytambo’s Incan rock face, our guide’s beloved tortilla potato dish, a little girl with her llama, a shaman’s gentle smile, sunrise over Lake Titicaca and dancers with sizzling costumes to my backwards view from the last seat of the train through the Sacred Valley and finally to the snow-capped Andes from my window on the plane, we experienced Peru.
   Overcoming the altitudes of 9- 14,000 feet was an immeasurable test- yet I didn’t miss one stride of the trip. My sketchbook always beckoned me to continue one more page.   Here’s an itinerary review…
Days 1-3:  Lima
Days 3-6  The Sacred Valley
Days 6& 7 Machu Picchu
Days 7-9  Cusco
Days 10-14 Lake Titicaca…




Days 6& 7 Machu Picchu
Where people kind of looked like chickens.. or visa versa...



From the Cusco-Lima Airplane..

Lake Titicaca... we threw our leis into the lake...
frm this boat from the floating reed islands...

Machu Piccu Michi Paccuuuuu...
Cusco

Where men are the knitters...

And the women cant get anymore colorful...


Sunday, September 5, 2010

'The Blue Button'

         This story appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on Sunday, August 29, 2010:


This is a better 'bloggie' version ...

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Injury Enlightens While IT Challenges

(original title: THE BLUE BUTTON)
Rescue Your Vacation If Injured Abroad  By Cherry Sweig


   What happens when you misjudge a step on a cobblestone stairway while traveling abroad?             Your independence will vanish if you injure yourself badly and cannot walk.  Your plans will change in ways you would never imagine.
   As an experienced traveler and artist, walking has been my favorite approach to the European culture. The traditions, flavors, colors and people can be observed in vibrant detail.  They are the inspiration behind my series of painted journals.
   Last July, my adventures were curtailed in the French Mediterranean city of Collioure.                          I slipped on an ancient step and my right foot hit the stones sounding like potato chips breaking.  My camera took flight and I found myself on the ground in disbelief.                 Fellow travelers recruited two strong German tourists to carry me to our van.  At the hospital, x-rays confirmed a fracture.  The doctors ordered no walking on my right foot for six to eight weeks. It was the eighth day of my twenty-five day vacation including a week in Paris to follow.
   Coming home early was not an option for me.  The immediate test was how to mend an itinerary and overcome the logistics of life on one leg.  It was not about recovering costs through insurance, as French medical care was impressive and reasonable. My time became focused on finding wheelchair friendly taxis, fundamental aid, restroom accessibility, disabled compliant tourist attractions and a new creative attitude.                 I discovered the value of painting memoirs from a wheelchair’s perspective.
   A good example is The Blue Button.  Airport wheelchair assistance informed me that I would be met at the check-in counter only.  This left a 100-200 foot gap from the curbside for me to manage luggage and crutches on one good leg.  Numerous calls later, one taxi driver remembered a help kiosk with a blue button near the curb.  Taking a chance on his advice, I located the kiosk, pushed the magical button and an image materialized of a lady behind a desk.  The wheelchair aid arrived in moments and I was on my way through the airport maze.  Diligence worked and I dedicated a journal page to The Blue Button.
   This account is for others who, like me, never believe a sudden injury could occur.  Information is obtainable, but its takes persistence to uncover.  Be realistic, innovative and tolerant of detours. Your holiday will be rescued and your memories will be priceless.
           
Resources:
www.apparelozed.com/wheelchair/imdex.html

Notes:
Best Museums for Disabled: The Louvre, Musee D’Orsay and Musee de L’Orangerie
In Paris: Wheelchair/Handicap accessible Metro/Bus  Line 14, Bus Line 20 and some buses on the 91 line.           
Most Airport Handicapped Services require a 48 hour notice.

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Contact Info:     www.cherrysweig.com   email: ciaocherry@cox.net

Le Monastere...our home for two weeks.



  
The courtyard awaits....


 
a very special first dinner...


  
Isabelle, our marvelous, amazing, fantastic guide and friend...  
         My roommates, Beth and Jackii....

                                         
A picnic in the sunflowers...


Resting my foot.