Friday, April 9, 2010

Venerdi in Venice: Growing Flowery

ink & watercolour illustration, photo inspiration thanks to Alexa

Travel Tip #369: When visiting friends in Venice, instructions such as,  "Ours is the watermelon-coloured villa with green shutters and flowers in the window boxes," may not quite suffice...  To be on the safe side, ask for more fail-safe pointers, like "what colour are your flowers?" and "which fertiliser do you use?"

Thanks to dear Alexa of The Road is Mine for the luscious photo inspiration.  And if you'll please excuse me, my mind is predictably wandering to gelato, geraniums and grappa.  So, on that note...

Happy Venerdi in Venice to you!

24 comments:

  1. Mmm, grappa!!!

    How beautiful to see those overflowing flower boxes. I wish I had the problem of saying my house is watermelon color with green shutters. Instead it's, our is the ugly white one with the trash cans out front. ;)

    I love this view. Lovely illustration as ever. :D

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  2. I like this one very much.

    No Francophile Friday?

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  3. Amy ~ as long as the trash cans don't have grappa empties poking out of them... ;)

    Thanks, Cafe!! Poor old Venerdi in Venice was feeling a bit neglected, so I felt I'd better pay it some attention. You might want to head over to Virginia's and lay your paw on her forehead, as she will need fanning and a lie-down when she sees today is not Francophile Friday.

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  4. I like how you insinuate that we, the commentators, are constantly popping to Venice, but can't stop to chat now as I'm on the way to Venice.

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  5. Oh how gorgeous. This made my mind wander as well, along the lines of a glass of bubbly prosecco! :)
    Happy Francophile , I mean Venitian Friday Shsh. :)
    V

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  6. A watermelon colored villa, I am so jealous!
    LL

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  7. Shell, I love the imaginary world you present to us, with its clean streets and perfect flowers, not to mention its delicious treats. I'm not surprised Lori Lynn has found her way here. One more girl in the gondola!

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  8. It's a big gondola, always room for one more. But now I want a watermelon house with a windowbox.

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  9. This drawing is so awesome that I actually forgot all about Francophile Friday. Paris just doesn't know how to wear these sorts of luscious colors. You (and Alexa!) are sure doing a great job making me question my yearly trip to France!

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  10. Mise ~ a più tardi, bella!!

    Virginia ~ prosecco? Works for me! Let's wander.

    Lori Lynn ~ I hope watermelon season is nearly upon you. :)

    Petrea ~ I didn't even have to sweep this street ~ it was lovely and tidy already. Yes, plenty of room in the gondola. I'll wake up Hugh.

    Hiker ~ I hear kale grows well in windowboxes ~ could be a temporary solution for you...

    Thanks, Katie!! Say, since Alexa loves Venice so much, you could head over there together after you meet up in Paris in September...

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  11. Oh, Shell -- I'm thrilled with this! A beautiful rendition of one of my fave photos (and, yes, Petrea, it was just this pristine). Curiously enough, just (2 minutes ago) had a conversation with the ex about the proposed trip to Paris and said that if anyone wanted to make it Paris and Venice, I wouldn't say no.

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  12. Hey, Alexa ~ I can understand why it's one of your faves ~ and grazie mille!! Paris and Venice sound like beautiful travelling companions to me.

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  13. Ooooh, I'd like to go there....

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  14. This is beautiful. Colours, composition, perspective... I love your way to depict Venice!

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  15. Ms M ~ in the meantime, please hop on board and join our gondola party. Hugh Jackman is our gondolier. Long story, of which he is blissful unaware...

    Oh, thank you, Pierre!! As you live there, I'm even more chuffed. :) I'm so lucky to have yours and Alexa's great eyes to draw on.

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  16. I love all three, gelato, geraniums & grappa even though I've never tasted grappa I am sure I would love it just by the way it sounds.
    beautifully painted Shell!
    : )

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  17. Lily ~ the word grappa does have a nice sound ~ I can imagine a hearty Italian man with a striped shirt booming it out in baritone. :)

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  18. I just popped over here after reading a comment you had left on Long Island Daily Photo blog. Seeing as we're living close by I wanted to stop in and say hi! So hi! Your artwork is simply adorable!

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  19. Shell and Harriet -- you two should meet!

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  20. Venice wears her colors well. How lucky are the people who live on this immaculate street.

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  21. Gelato/ Gelati - watermelon and green - geraniums. It's such a comfort coming to visit you Shell; an absolute delight at the very least.

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  22. Hi, Hey Harriet ~ thanks so much for dropping in! I've seen your meme at Alexa's as well as Lily's and many others, and not realised we're virtually neighbours. :)

    Yes, Alexa, that IS something do-able!

    Cali ~ the colours are amazing. I think I'd have to flip an 8-sided coin if it was my choice of villa render colour.

    Thanks, MmeB! I'm glad to bring you some cheer today.

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Merci, grazie, thank you for joining our conversation lounge. Your smile lights up the room. Even more beautifully than our crystal chandelier. x