I got to take a fabulous trip to Italy for the new year, it was wonderful to take a break from the full blown winter of northern Michigan and bask in the 50-60 degree temps and sunshine of Rome, Umbria and Florence. I took along a small set of gouache plus some Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons and got a new sketchbook in Rome. I made time throughout our trip to stop and paint/sketch. My plans for the rest of the winter are to create a new body of work based on these small paintings. Stay tuned!