I never posted my photos from Portugal! It was a beautiful place and I took over 300 photos. I may have to do a few paintings from the pictures I took, including local flora, beautiful coastal areas, gorgeous architecture and even a man trying unsuccessfully to rescue his small, sinking boat.
I'm now in California for a short trip and will be on my way back home Thursday night for another trip to visit my in-laws for the weekend. It will be busy, but I tend to prefer being busy than not.
As you know, I like to freak people out on the plane by sharpening my colored pencils with a battery operated pencil sharpener. (I really don't like to freak them out...I'm so paranoid someone will say something to me to get me to stop, so I try not to sharpen them too often!) On a similar note regarding pencil sharpeners and airplanes, if you bring a battery operated OR an electric pencil sharpener on a carry-on, be sure to take them out of your bag, just like your laptop, and place them in the bin to go through the xray. After consistently being stopped to have my bag searched, I tested it out and placed both sharpeners in the bin to go through separately...and it was smooth sailing!
I was able to get quite a bit done on the carnation last night in the hotel room, so now I have to let it sit, facing me as if it will shout "I'm done!" or more likely "come on, you know I still need to be worked on...I look terrible!" The photo is from my phone, so not a great picture, but you get the idea. At least I see the light!
(Updated June 28th: Instead of putting up a new post just on this, I thought I'd add the finished piece below:)