It seems like forever since I last blogged although it has only been just over a week. Time has just gotten away from me since we got back from Skye. I still haven't done any new artwork since completing the sketchbook project although I have a million sources of inspiration to draw from (pun intended) if I can ever manage to motivate myself and/or find time.
I did print off 30 greetings cards (5 each of 6 different designs) and took them up to Assisi Animal Sanctuary for them to sell at the weekend so hopefully they might be able to make some money from those.
Anyway, I did a post a couple of weeks ago called the Armchair Tourist - Roussillon and mentioned that I might make it a regular spot, using paintings of places I haven't been to as an illustration and with some useful/useless bits of information about the place which might inspire me and/or you to go there at some point in the future.
This week's hot spot is actually a wee bit of a cheat as I have been there before, twice in fact, but I didn't take the photo I used as inspiration to paint from and it's been 11 years since I was there so it has probably changed so much I would need to go back again anyway!
So, things I know about Boston (and things I have gleaned from Google!)
- It is the largest and capital city of the state of Massachussetts.
- It was the location for serveral major events during the American Revolution including the Boston Tea Party - which I learnt was not actually an Alice in Wonderland style tea party at all but rather was when a group of colonists boarded ships full of tea and threw it all into Boston Harbour after officials refused to return the taxed tea to Britain.
- I spent Millennium Eve in Boston (more specifically a town not far from the city called Hull) - although this was not as exciting as it sounds as I had the flu and missed all the celebrations trying to sleep it off - I wasn't even awake to see the ball drop!
- The pub that inspired the setting of the 80s sitcom Cheers is located on Beacon Street in Boston. The sign outside was used in the opening credits of the show.
- It was home to one of my favourite 90s TV shows - Ally McBeal - the building
used for exterior shots of the law firm is also located on Beacon Street!
- Locals say things like 'wicked pisser' (pronounced pissah) which apparently means something that is either really amazing or really rubbish depending on the way in which it is said!
|Credit: Kimber Butler from http://www.paintmyphoto.ning.com/|