Here I am in Northern California thinking about Tuscany again. In a week I finish up teaching until Feb. 8th, 09. So I will have some free time to indulge in ...........(eating bon-bons? one of my students gave me a gift certificate to Sees) and painting. My goal is to finish another "How to" watercolor manual. This one will be on how to paint small Tuscan hilltowns and possibly Florence. I have been going through the photos I've taken on the workshops I've taught in Tuscany and found lots of images to show how to paint. Here is the first one I have been fussing with. Besides the arched wall its probably the most familiar Tuscan object. I just love these pots. They are all over Cortona and they never have a dead flower hanging on them. Their gardeners must get up very early and pull off all the old blossoms. Anyway, let me know what you think. By the way, if you have the urge to go to Tuscany and paint in 09, my trip is May 2-9 and my sponsor will give you a $150. discount if you register by Dec. 30.