Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Lovely Memories

I am home after a really nice holiday in Madeira. It was so nice to return to the island as it triggered so many memories as we stayed here for ten weeks back in 2004. It was a time when I did many drawings and paintings, little objects each day. The picture shows many of the little shells I found on the sandy beach near us. The two lovely shells I bought in Madeira were later made into one of my art cards. This was part of a display of some of my shell collection from when I had my exhibition. They always remind me of Madeira.

Lots of beautiful things inspired me as we looked around the museums and galleries. The colours of fruit and vegetables and the flowers at the market. Tables piled high with freshly picked cherries and strawberries been sold on the corner of the street.

A tropical garden, incredibly beautiful churches, tiles, Mosaic patterned streets, to name a few of the images fixed in my memory. The Firework displays over the harbour, as young and old all joined in to watch, were magical. Everyone makes you feel so welcome, it is relaxing place and now back home I feel very refreshed and inspired.

I was pleased to read all the comments while I have been away. Thank you.

12 comments:

Carolina said...

Hy Milly,
I'm so glad to see you back on blog-town :) Welcome back!
I'm also glad you had such a good time on your trip. Madeira seems like a piece of heaven.
Hope to see your new paintings soon.
Un abrazo,
Carolina

S. Etole said...

Such enjoyable, soft drawings.

Jill said...

I hope we are going to see some more of your holiday drawings.

Frances said...

Welcome back to you, Milly. Glad that you've had such a fine holiday.

Aren't shells so wonderful as subjects? The varied shapes and colors really do call for pencil and brush and paint.

Nature!

xo

Pondside said...

I can't help but collect a shell or two from any beach I visit. I keep a large mussel shell on my bedside table - the iridescence of the inside reminds me of a beautiful day on a red beach on Prince Edward Island.
Madeira - such an exotic-sounding name. I'm glad you had such a good time!

Raining Acorns said...

Oh, so glad to see this! Welcome back, and thank you for sharing your holiday with us through these lovely drawings.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Welcome back Milly, good to hear that you had such a lovely time on Madeira. Love the shell and sea star drawings. x

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Oh goodness, your blog and your art are beautiful. So glad I found you. I love the skeleton leaf

Carolyn

acornmoon said...

so that is where you have been, I am sure you will be inspired by your adventure and no doubt you will have collected many wonderful things to draw.

Emerald Window said...

I am so envious of your drawing talent. And your photos of your travels are breathtaking too.
I'll be visiting your blog often.
Cenya

kampinga said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday, mixing old memories wih newly made ones. I love the shell paintings, they are so intricate, those shapes and colours..

Michelle Palmer said...

Oh Milly these are wonderful!
Sweet 16 and I just returned from a two week journey to Florida (ocean) and North Carolina (mountains)...
We gathered boxes and boxes of shells, cones, stones... I can't wait to be settled back in and able to paint!
Your artwork is exquisite! ALWAYS inspires me to get to my studio!
Hope your day is wonderful~
Michelle