Sketch of Florence by Tyson Wintibaugh
Sketch of Florence by Tyson Wintibaugh art

This gorgeous pen and ink sketch is by Tyson Wintibaugh, sketcher extraordinaire.

Subject: The Duomo
City: Florence, Italy
Specs: Pen and Ink in Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

Watercolor Studies from Lake Como
Watercolor Studies from Lake Como art
View of Menaggio, Italy.
Watercolor Studies from Lake Como art
A Room with a View in Varenna, Italy.

Varenna Sunset
Varenna Sunset art

“Varenna Sunset”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
5 x 8 inches

This piece was painted on location in Varenna, Italy. My hotel room had a balcony that opened right onto Lake Como, with spectacular views over the water! This watercolor was inspired by the subtle ways the light danced across the water at sunset.

Prints, cards, and more featuring this piece are available in my online store!

Sottosopra (Upside Down)
Sottosopra (Upside Down) art

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

The All New GayleMail Newsletter
The All New GayleMail Newsletter art

It’s finally here: the restyled, super-fun, snazzy, one-of-a-kind  GayleMail artist newsletter! Newsletter subscribers will get weekly GayleMail updates packed with all the latest artwork, news, and adventures, as well as sales and giveaways, exclusive invites to art exhibits and much more! So what are you waiting for? Sign up HERE.

Italy and France, Here I Come!
Italy and France, Here I Come! art
Book cover images by Broadway Books (Sweet Life in Paris) and University of California Press (The Art of Renaissance Florence).

I am getting giddy with excitement for my upcoming trip to Italy and France! I’m uncharacteristically down to the wire here, still working out all the travel kinks at the very last minute. I ordered two books to get into the mood before the trip and they both arrived today! The first is “The Sweet Life in Paris” by David Lebovitz, a pastry chef and blogger who moved to Paris. The first couple chapters I read this morning were hilarious and completely entertaining. I also ordered “The Art of Renaissance Florence (1400-1600)”. I’m a total art history geek—when I flipped thorough this beautiful book I’m ashamed to admit I was totally salivating. Michelangelo, Raphael, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Donatello, oh my!

Sculptural Abstractions
Sculptural Abstractions art

So, Munky King makes a DIY ‘Omi’ that is a cross between art and toys. Inspired by Chinese opera and Japanese Oni masks, they come packaged as blinds in different blank white shapes.

Sculptural Abstractions art

I decided to turn mine into a sculptural version of one of my abstract paintings. Primary inspirations? The sea & the human circulatory system.

Sculptural Abstractions art

I have to say it was kinda cool working in 3-D since I do that so rarely (pretty much never, really).

Sculptural Abstractions art

Lemon Twilight
Lemon Twilight art

Another desert watercolor featuring Zabriskie Point near Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park.

“Lemon Twilight”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
2012

Artists Drive, Death Valley California
Artists Drive, Death Valley California art

Finally made it to Death Valley National Park. What a magical place! There is something irresistibly inspirational about the desert. Maybe it’s the way the mountain tops burn pink at sunset or the way the desert palette appears refined one minute then comes alive bursting with color the next.
Amazing.

“Artists Drive”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
2012

Road Trip: Vegas
Road Trip: Vegas art
Street performer at the Venetian.

Loooonnnng time, no post! To make up for it, here are some photos from the latest adventures:

Road Trip: Vegas art
Close-up of the glass bubble christmas tree at the Venetian.
Road Trip: Vegas art
Winter in Venice.
Road Trip: Vegas art
“Cornmeal Crusted Chile Relleno” with roasted eggplant, manchego cheese, red pepper sauce and balsamic vinegar. Yum! (Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill)
Road Trip: Vegas art
Cool interior design at Yellowtail, Bellagio.

Lotus Petals (Study)
Lotus Petals (Study) art

“Lotus Petals”
by Gayle Wheatley
Watercolor on Paper
12 x 9 inches

Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech
Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
Combining ingredients for a chicken tajine.

I wanted to share this feature article I wrote for CultureVixen.com, about my experience learning the art of Moroccan cooking abroad.

I love Moroccan cuisine. Pastilla, or meat pies encased in puff pastry and covered with powdered sugar and cinnamon, savory lamb tajines, and hot mint tea don’t even begin to scratch the surface of this complex culinary culture. My food obsession led me all the way to Morocco where I followed my taste buds right into the Moroccan kitchen.

Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
Pastilla.
Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
Gayle and Tyson in the kitchen at La Maison Arabe!
Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
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Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art