At the end of Wednesday just saw that Central Italy was hit this day with a 6.earthquake and at least 120 people died. My thoughts are with them.

No matter where I am, the world is full of beauty, whether I am in Italy, or near my house.


Reflection and sand bank – into Italy
Can’t choose between the Glistening sandbank and the Glistening insulation behind the 9 feet canvas below (Weekend Reflect, ABC Wed.).




The biggest Fence is around the city: the Historic city
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Thistle along the road


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For Sat. Critters






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Door downtown Lucca or Cinque Terre, Italy














Gelato (like ice cream), coffee and to-die-for-pastries in the coffee shop freshly made for each summer day! (Our Beautiful World, ABC Wed.)




Is he doing something new??


Fri Hunt: Begin with H: Historic city wall Lucca
Favorite of the week: above image
Single: image below



Single mindedness was needed for this,
in the barn (studio) ready the end of April)
This canvas is 9 feet wide, but enough room for a canvas 40 feet wide and 15 feet tall. The canvas is rolled up on the bottom.

Hubby found a solution, by connecting the support to a pulley. When I’m done with the top part, I crank up the pulley, and then paint the middle part, and lastly the bottom part.
This way I can stay on the floor and do not need a scaffolding.  Happy, because this saves us a few K’s.


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Cloudy day above the monastery in Lucca, across from the same coffee place that we made our own for that week ($2.50 for a cappuccino!). Here I made a sketch across the street of the towers.

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46 Comments Add yours

  1. I loved the Thistle and your GC painting!

    Will the paint crack when you roll up your canvas? It’s a neat system I sure hope it works! You have some BIG paintings in your head me thinks! 🙂

    Houses on the market in our price range have slowed to a slow annoying drip. I have no idea when something we like enough to go see will come up again. I’ll call or text if we head your way!

  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely door. If ever I get back to Italy, Lucca is on my bucket list 🙂

  3. Cool door and yum to cappuccinos! I don’t drink coffee on its own, but had some great cappuccinos when in France recently. Your studio must be amazing!


  4. Beautiful arch surrounding that door and I love the ironwork above it, too.

  5. jesh stg says:

    Sorry your house hunt got stalled:( The same thing happened to a friend of us this week, and they decided to rent for a while. Did you read my email? Changed the text about the pulley for the canvas, so I hope it’s easier to understand:) Yeah, it’s time for the big paintings – wish me success, for that’s completely a new thing!

  6. jesh stg says:

    Thanks, Norm. Am coming back later this week to get a better look at your post. One week in Italy is just not enough time!

  7. jesh stg says:

    Yes, those are the two countries to go for good coffee! That my studio is awesome is thanks to hubby! He has some inventive streaks:) Am gonna look at your door(s) asap!

  8. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Jean! The doors there were often much more elaborate than their interiors! In the area where I live now, it’s the opposite -this is plain-doors-land:)

  9. Eileen Wise says:

    Hello, Lovely series. My favorites are the thistle and the sky shot. Your grand kids are adorable.
    Have a happy Friday and weekend ahead!

  10. DeniseinVA says:

    Wonderful post Jesh. Your grandchildren are so sweet. I am almost back to normal and joining in the memes again. I will be joining in yours pretty soon. Have a great weekend!

  11. Yogi says:

    Beautiful photos and I marveled at the creativity of your “easel”

  12. TexWisGirl says:

    love the wall and the doorway. 🙂

  13. They seem to put so much more detail into older doors and doorways. I love all the details. That thistle photo makes me want to sit there and watch it open! 🙂 -Amy

  14. So many different subjects, and great photos for them all!

  15. I wish you all the best! I hope the pulley system works a treat! 🙂 xx

  16. jesh stg says:

    Thank you much, Deborah! Sent the email again night late. Let me know if you haven’t received it, because then I must have made a mistake with your E-address. Have a lovely weekend!

  17. I received your email. It was in my inbox this morning.

    I replied. 🙂 xx

  18. jMo says:

    Ingenius canvas solution! Looks like you enjoyed yourself while sipping reasonably priced and I bet delicious caps. The monastery shot is beatifully moody.

  19. jMo says:

    oops, beautifully…doubly so

  20. Nice shot of the fish 🙂

  21. James says:

    California and Italy are two places where I want to go.
    Lucca is very intriguing and your studio is amazing! Nice shots!

  22. Eileen Wise says:

    Hello, neat capture of the fish. I love the shot of the kiddies doing the artwork. Great series! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  23. love your series of photos,what a great idea hubby had! Have a great weekend!phyllis

  24. I remember that wall in Lucca when we visited last year but the summer heat made it a bit uncomfortable when rushing through Lucca to see what we could see before heading to Pisa. If I could go back I would try to do it cooler climates. Nice post & door pic (we were also in Cinque Terre before heading inland).

  25. I like the perspective you took of the towers. Like arms opening to the sky. That’s a pretty cool system for your canvas.

  26. Carol says:

    Love the thistle and interesting door! So many varied shots, great post.

  27. Teresa says:

    What a beautiful assortment of images. I am quite amazed with that blank canvas. I can hardly wait to see how you use it. Thank you so much for joining Friday’s Hunt. Hope you have a great week!

  28. Ros Crawford says:

    Lovely photos! My son adores Cinque Terre! Thanks so much for sharing at OBW!!

  29. The Door and the Wall were both quite neat to see & I’ll have some of that Gelato please.

  30. That canvass is huge! I can’t imagine how you do what you do. Beautiful collection. Forgot to say thank you for hosting on the post above. And glad you had fun with the grands.

  31. ewok1993 says:

    I find that I am more appreciative of the beauty surrounding me wherever I go now that I’m a lot older than when I was younger.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  32. Riitta says:

    Beautiful photos – ice cream is definitely summer! Thank you for sharing at OBW!

  33. Good morning Jesh, I always look forward to your posts. the first shot of the reflections and sand bank in Italy is lovely, and it is funny how so many people loved the door. I did too. Your grands are so sweet. Our grands make our world go round. Smile. Your studio is huge and your blank canvas will come alive with your art which I look forward to seeing finished. Amazing idea for rolling the canvas as you work.
    Have a lovely week and thank you for joining Blue Monday as always.

  34. Melody62 says:

    Wonderful choice for this weeks letter and beautiful photo’s to illustrate it… Italy, never been there though, maybe someday I will

    Have a nice ABC-W-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  35. photowannabe says:

    Yummmm….Gelato……my favorite.

  36. narami says:

    Love that shot! And the kids 🙂

  37. I love the Door in downtown Lucca, thanks for sharing sharing this week. I hope to see you again.

  38. Hi, nice pictures and the canvas idea is brilliant ! 🙂

  39. jesh stg says:

    Thanks to my hubby for being inventive:)

  40. To be an artist in Italy is like being in heaven. Enjoy it! Thistle plant photo is excellent.

  41. Another wonderful post, Jesh!
    Thank you for taking part in the Floral Friday Fotos meme, I look forward to your next contribution.

  42. Love the sky in the last photo and the architecture too.

  43. Roger Green says:

    But the Italy earthquake story made me very sad.

  44. Great shots, Jesh!
    Thanks for linking to the Friday Greens meme.

  45. Hello Jesh..I agree, I always enjoy your posts and your artistic view as then I think of my Mother….the kids are adorable…Michelle

  46. trablogger says:

    Lovely snippets. The clouds are really gorgeous.

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