Wanderlust: My Great Big Around-the-World Trip
Wanderlust: My Great Big Around the World Trip art
Church entrance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

You may have noticed I haven’t posted here for a little while. The reason being I’ve been swept up in some enormous changes lately: over the course of the last week, I quit my job, packed up my condo, moved out of L.A., and boarded a flight to Dublin, Ireland. Yes, IRELAND!!

You may wonder what I’m doing here? Over the next year, I’m going to be traveling the world, doing travel writing and creating art as I go! I’m in Ireland on assignment for Tourism Ireland, Examiner.com, and my online magazine Culture Vixen. From Ireland I’ll continue through Scandinavia then criss-cross Europe, later heading to other continents.

So look for travel-inspired art on this blog from here on. I’ll also be posting photos from the road and doing a bulk of my travel blogging at CultureVixen.com. If you’d like to follow along you can subscribe to the Culture Vixen RSS or sign up for the Culture Vixen Newsletter (delivered 2-5x a week as new posts go up).

So excited!!

Signing off for the night from Ireland,
-Gayle

Il Due
Il Due art

“Il Due”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
5 x 8 inches

The David, The Duomo, The Uffizi and More! Soaking up the Sights in Florence, Italy
The David, The Duomo, The Uffizi and More! Soaking up the Sights in Florence, Italy art

The third part of my article in Culture Vixen magazine published today, packed with Florence’s greatest attractions. Check it out here:

Culture Vixen: Andiamo! Unforgettable Sights in Florence Italy (Part 3 of 3)

Pizza, Gelato, Panini and More in Florence, Italy
Pizza, Gelato, Panini and More in Florence, Italy art

Check out my guide to eating in Florence and discover the city’s best gelaterie too!

Culture Vixen: Mangiamo! Great Places to Eat in Florence Italy (Part 2 of 3)

Florence Travel Article Published in Culture Vixen Magazine
Florence Travel Article Published in Culture Vixen Magazine art
Ponte Vecchio at twilight.

Florence, known in Italian as Firenze, is in my opinion absolutely the most beautiful city in the world. I fell in love with the city during a blissful year abroad studying art, art history and the Italian language. I hadn’t been back to Florence for over a decade and with such great expectations to live up to, I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Florence Travel Article Published in Culture Vixen Magazine art
The Duomo, aka Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Book Cover Design for “The Bulge”
Book Cover Design for The Bulge art

I recently designed this book cover for “The Bulge” a short story by Tyson Wintibaugh. He has set the impressive goal of writing 100 short stories, so it looks like I’ll be working on lots of book cover designs with him. Check out the story HERE!

Art Store Sale!

Today through this Sunday my art shop is running a sweet sale: free shipping worldwide on all orders! Check out my art prints, apparel, iphone accessories, stationary and more:

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Photo Tour of the Mile High City
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Stabbed and bleeding heart sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

Got to spend last week out in Denver, visiting friends and family and working on a couple features for Culture Vixen magazine. It was a blast! Here are some favorite photos snapped from the trip:

(Also be sure to check out my latest article about epic Denver sculptures, including the wild horse that tragically killed its creator.)

Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games Art Installation.

I have always admired the work of Sandy Skoglund and finally got to see one of her installations in person! It was very red, and very cool to walk through a room of jumping foxes!

Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Tyson at the Denver Art Museum.
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Lemon Mascarpone Cannoli with Blueberries at Panzano.
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Troy Benns & his band rock the Celtic Tavern.

Denver City Sketch
Denver City Sketch art

Specs: Pen & Ink, 50 minutes.
Location: Denver, Colorado.

Live Tweet Tasting at Panzano, Denver

Tonight I’m doing a live tweet tasting at Panzano restaurant in downtown Denver for Culture Vixen magazine. Follow along and check out all the fancy dishes at #Panzano and @CultureVixen. See you there!

Florentine Glove Shop
Florentine Glove Shop art

This cool little glove shop was tucked into the corner of an old stone building on Via de’ Lamberti in the heart of Florence, facing Orsanmichele church. Loved the look of these leather gloves displayed on wooden faux hands!

Specs: Pen & Marker, 90 minutes.
Location: Florence, Italy.

Finestra, Lucca
Finestra, Lucca art

I had heard great things about Lucca, a Tuscan fortress city surrounded by medieval walls near Pisa, Italy. The city was as charming as I was expecting to be, and had a great small town flavor.

One small detail I noticed right away were the windows. In Florence they are all rectangular for the most part. But here in Lucca, they were all rounded at the tops. I love Italian windows, almost always comprised of green shutters on yellow unwashed walls. (This one was no exception.)

Specs: Pen & Ink on Moleskine sketchbook, 10 minutes.
Finestra, Lucca art