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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

//My Beginner Flower Watercolor Workshop//

I am very sorry for I have not posted anything for such a long time. There are so many stories I would like to share with you. But I am going to fast forward before I talk about other stories.

I have been wanting to conduct a watercolor workshop - and I dreamt about being a teacher for a long time. 

Although this is the second time I had a workshop, I pretty much know what to do and prepared for the materials I wanted to teach my students.

Since I love vintage china and high tea for as long as I can remember - I thought it would be a good idea to combine them together. I like the idea for a small intimate lovely and friendly water color class where my students and I can be girly girl friendly among each other. I deliberately give a long hours for the class so that people can enjoy painting and eating the food during class. Having a break and drinking tea and eating quiche and sand whiches seems to be a great idea. 

I also prepared a booklet for my students. This booklet contained a basic technique on how to paint flower watercolor also some important material like sources where they can get materials, and where they can learn basic flower on their own.

I was very happy because just before the class started someone from Japan contacted me if I am going to have another workshop which was requested by my friends in New York as well. We just have to set up the date. So it was a perfect timing for her and it happened that she was going to travel to New York. So I was very happy to have her in my class.

I am hoping to conduct more watercolor workshops in the future. This is something I really like doing. Teaching others about basic flower watercolor is my passion. I would love to teach all what I know about flower watercolor to my students.

So if you are interested or have a group of friends wanted to learn basic flower watercolor while having some good food out of vintage china I would like to teach you and your friends or your family.
Just contact me through email at Thank you.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

//Lake Maggiore + Venice, Italy Trip//

We were waiting for this trip for over a year. And finally it happened.

It was all started almost 2 years a go when my best friend in school "Dina Yassin"  whom is now living in Dubai texted me that she was going to get married and the reception will be in Italy - near Milan. I was shocked because I have not heard from her prior to that texted I received from her. Right away a happy tears started to form in my eyes because one I am very happy to hear the great news and second she still wanted to invite me to her wedding day after all of those years without any contact. Immediately I said "yes" that Steven and I will be there.

The wedding was postponed as she initially planned. But a month a go was the big day and Steven and I were very excited to go and be there for her big day in Lake Maggiore, Italy. We also planned that after the wedding reception, we were going to visit Venice. None of us had visited Venice before although I visited Italy several times before.

Lake Maggiore was beautiful beyond words. Just like I imagined it would be. Beautiful villas and hotels on the side of the lake a long the narrow winding road  that goes on to the mountain top. In the middle of the lake are several small islands with red terracota stone building seen from a far. It was so enchanting and poetic to have witnessed such beauty. 

Upon arrival in the hotel room I immediately took out my water color and painted the lake seen from our hotel window. 

We spent the first two days by ourselves but it was raining almost everyday so we were taking it easy and enjoy the small town surrounding the hotel eating pasta, pizza and ice cream.

Long before the wedding day - Dina told me that I could take pictures of her during the reception. And I was very excited about this. This is a golden opportunity for a photographer.

And when I walked in the room where Dina was waiting to come out from the room for the reception - I could not believe how beautiful and elegant she looks. I wish I had more time to take pictures of her. But I did not want to overwhelm Dina with poses I wanted her to do. Because I knew she had so many things in her mind already. So I left and took pictures of the dining room and table setting.

We really enjoyed Dina and Silvano's wedding reception. The location could had not been perfect - the setting by the lake Maggiore was just lovely.  Everything was really beautiful. It was a night to remember and definitely a beautiful wedding of east meets west.

A day after the wedding reception we left for Venice. We drove to Malpensa airport - dropped the car there - took a bus to Milan's train station and went to Venice. 

And oh my - Venice was like a dream. This was the first time for Steven and I in Venice. We could not believe what we saw. Steven kept on saying "I can't believe the whole city is on top of the water!" I was so very happy that I was in Venice, finally. This city is magical. I could not even begin to describe the feel of the city; the canal, the narrow street with beautiful ancient stone buildings one after another  on each side of the street - the bell rang and heard from a far.  It was like going back in time where before I could only see in a movie. I think I am in love with Venice.

The highlight of Venice trip for me was to paint at least two sites - which I did. One is a random building and the other one is our hotel. I had been wanting to do it before we departed. I was very happy that I got to do it. 

The gondola ride was so much fun although we thought it was over priced - 85 Euros for half an hour! At least we tried it out for once.

Lake Maggiore and Venice, Italy  trip is always in our heart. We definitely will come back.

Here is the small island in the middle of the lake that I painted upon arrival the hotel room.

I found a quiet place where I can paint a small building of Venice.

Then I also painted our hotel.

Thank you for reading!