Posts Tagged ‘italy’

Open Studio

Posted on: July 10th, 2012 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

Open Studio

My studio is finally in presentable shape, the work is unpacked and ready to be seen. So, I’m havin’ an open studio – albeit a brief one

Saturday, July 14th from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

If you can’t make it or you want an on-line peek at the work from the eight months spent in Italy, you can check out the link below.

I look forward to seeing you Saturday!

Arrivederci Roma

Posted on: June 21st, 2012 by jmbroekman

Ciao America

OK, so we’ve been home a little less than three weeks, and I am just now saying my goodbyes. Or, at least uploading the last of my pictures from the camera onto the computer. If you are on my newsletter mailing list, one last nostalgic installment is on it’s way to an in-box near you. If you aren’t on the newsletter list and want to see what you’ve missed these past few months, a link to the archives can be found in the sidebar to the right of this entry.

Adjusting to life in the United States has been a little more challenging than I’d imagined. There is much about my life in Foligno that I am sorely missing at this moment; but there is also much about my life in Maine that I am blissfully glad to be reengaged with. Now if I could just finish reclaiming my studio from the mice who took over in my absence, and find the strawberries among the garden weeds …

At left is the beach in Ostia – where they actually roll the sand to pack it down and make it smooth. While Italy will always be chock full of visual inspiration, nothing beats the sounds and smells of the rocky coast on this stretch of the Atlantic – I’m glad to be home for la bella stagione qui nel Maine!

More Italian Countryside

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by jmbroekman 1 Comment

Probably our last real road trip this time around took us to the Marche region to visit friends in Urbino (above left); then on to San Marino (technically not even Italy – above right). On the road between the two we went through an amazing valley, which it turns out is a hunting preserve (below, top). The weather was less than ideal, but the views are magnificent none-the-less. Below, on the bottom, is a view looking out from along the Urbino walls. A week from now we’ll be looking at a very different landscape.


The Italian Countryside

Posted on: May 18th, 2012 by jmbroekman 3 Comments

A beautiful hike in Umbria

Yesterday we hiked from Spello, along the old Roman aqueduct, to Collepino – a tiny little medieval “borgo” on the side of Mt. Subasio, completely surrounded by il parco regionale del monte Subasio. It was perfect hiking weather – bright and sunny, clear blue skies, with a nice cool breeze up in the hills. The great thing about hiking in Italy is you often can go from one town to another, and thus, there is usually some place to stop and have a nice plate of cheese and salami, and a glass of wine in a lovely little piazza. Or, your destination could be to stop for an espresso before turning around to do the hike back.

At left are pictures of the view along the trail, and looking back at our starting point, the town of Spello. Below, yet another amazing Umbrian countryside view, with Spello in the distance.

Below: The little piazza in Collepino; a pizza oven on the edge of town in Collepino; and along the path, a sweet-smelling flowering bush, the name of which I know nothing about, neither in English nor Italian!


Ancora Firenze

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012 by jmbroekman 3 Comments
Il leone alla chiesa di Santa Croce


must be one of the most photogenic cities around. We have been lucky to stopover for a night several times during these months in Italy. I’m going to miss being able to do that after we return to Maine at the end of this month.

At left: the lion guarding the entrance to la chiesa di Santa Croce, and a view up to San Miniato in the distance. Below: Santa Croce and the piazza after a rain; and looking at the Ponte Vecchio from behind.