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Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but it is played out over and over again in the quietest of chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”

— Pat Conroy

Travels with a Blue Vase, was suggested to me by a fellow traveler. Up to then I had one sketchbook from each trip. I carried a blue plastic vase with me so I could enjoy fresh flowers in my room, and sometimes it appeared in my paintings. Since then I have been delighted to find that some of my favorite artists also painted blue vases!

— Mary Ann Miller

Travels with a Blue Vase: A Mostly Mediterranean Sketchbook

book1A collection of watercolors and recipes from France, Italy and Greece that will appeal to anyone who loves to paint, eat, travel or dream.

More Travels with a Blue Vase: A Sketchbook of Paris and Beyond

cover2Continuing her travels from her first book, this book includes watercolors of Paris, day trips from there, as well as places from Amalfi to Amsterdam.


New Travels with a Blue Vase: A Sketchbook of Britain and Ireland

img_0101Information about the sites visited will be interesting to world travelers as well as arm-chair dreamers. Tasty recipes will tempt the cook and the Anglophile.


Travels without the Blue Vase: A Sketchbook of North America

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-3-34-57-pmFrom the ice-blue glaciers of Alaska to the sunny azure waters of the Caribbean, this book takes the traveler on a journey across North America.

Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller

Artist | Author

Mary Ann Miller a native Floridian, born with the “go” gene. She is an art educator, professional artist and author, having taught elementary school art in Jacksonville for  26 years before retiring in 2006.  Her work in transparent watercolor has been recognized throughout Florida as well as in France and England.

For the past 20 years she has been traveling to various parts of Europe following in the footsteps of artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse.

Sketchbooks from these trips have been combined to make the “Blue Vase” series of books.  She lives with her husband in Jacksonville, FL, and teaches classes in “Travel Sketching” as well as art classes to adults with special needs.

Mrs. Miller’s philosophy of her art echoes that of Renoir who said,  “For me a picture should be something likable, joyous, and pretty.  There are enough ugly things in life for us not to add to them.”

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