Saturday, April 22, 2017

'Chilling out' in Venice, Italy Watercolor Painting

My husband and I have had the opportunity to visit so many beautiful places together and enjoyed them all.  I must say though that Venice has probably inspired me the most.  It is a fascinating place with all the character of the buildings that have been there forever.  It is probably one place I had been most curious about prior to visiting.  I couldn't imagine buildings that seemed to sit in the water and with the main form of transportation by boat.  It is such a different lifestyle from what I experienced growing up on a farm in Iowa.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Murano, Italy Watercolor Painting

While in Italy we spent a couple days in Venice and took the vaporetto (water transportation as seen on the water to the left in the painting) to Murano, known world wide for its beautiful glass creations.  Unfortunately it was a rainy day and we didn't spend a lot of time there visiting the factories.  This is another place I would like to return to, but we have so many other places we want to visit while we are able.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Cinque Terre, Italy 'Village Path' Watercolor

In Italy there is a section along the coast consisting of five villages called Cinque Terre.  The quaint villages are connected to each other via train, walking trails or boat.  We hiked from Monterosso Al Mare to Vernazza and then took the small train to Riomaggiore (see map below).  We had hoped to take the boat back to Monterosso but they said the waters were too rough so we ended up back on the train.  We were only there for a couple of nights or we would have definitely taken the time to do more hiking and visit the villages we didn't have time to see.  The trails were somewhat primitive and the villages we did spend time at were charming.  We would love to go back one day and spend more time in this area. This painting is from a section of the trail we hiked.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Squirrel Cage Jail - Council Bluffs, IA History

Built in 1885, this jail is truly unique.  It was in operation from that time until 1969.  It got its name from the cage that was housed inside.  The individual cells were pie-shaped with one door.  This particular squirrel cage jail was the only one ever built with three levels.  As the jailer manually cranked, the cage rotated/revolved around and the jailer could line up the opening of the cell with the jail door to allow the prisoner in or out of the individual cell.  The upper level had living quarters for the jailer and the front of the building had offices and cells to hold females and for youth.  You can read more about the history and get information on hours for tours HERE.  Only three revolving jails remain and all three are museums.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dodge House Watercolor Painting - History of Council Bluffs, IA

A watercolor painting I created as part of the Council Bluffs, Iowa series of historical landmarks and buildings is referred to as the Dodge House as it was occupied by General Dodge.  General Dodge was a Civil War veteran and railroad builder.  The Victorian home/museum is located at 605 South 3rd Street and is on the National Historic Registry.  The home, now a museum, offers tours and other activities throughout the year.  It is really a beautiful home to tour, especially at Christmas time when it is decorated throughout with holiday finery.  Information can be found HERE for hours, special events, a bit of history and other related information.  More info can be found HERE.

Dodge House, Council Bluffs, IA - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Kinsman Civil War Monument, Fairview Cemetery - Council Bluffs, IA

Another monument in Fairview Cemetery, Council Bluffs, IA is the Kinsman Monument, a Civil War memorial in honor of Colonel William Kinsman who was the commanding officer of the 23rd Iowa Volunteer infantry regiment.  More information about it's history can be found HERE.  

I have lived in this area most of my life and was not aware of this until just a few years ago.  The monument is surrounded by actual Civil War canons.  Many other Civil War veterans are also buried around this monument.  

The cemetery itself is one of the oldest in Council Bluffs and full of history.

Kinsman Civil War Monument - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Carnegie Library Watercolor Painting - Council Bluffs, IA

A landmark in downtown Council Bluffs, IA is this Carnegie Building.  This Carnegie Library opened September 12, 1905.  It served as the public library until 1998 after which time it became the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.  It was the largest of 17 Carnegie Libraries in Iowa designed by Patton and Miller.   If you are interested you can read more about the Carnegie Libraries in Iowa project HERE.

Carnegie Library Painting - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art