Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Happy Halloween

I'm taking a little break from painting to enjoy spending some time with the kids (and some chocolate)
These are my two wonderful children.
My son is dressed up as Eario, the janitor of the Mushroom Kingdom (Mario Bros)
and my daughter is a character from a show she watches, called Ergo Proxy.
I was excited that my son wanted to be a janitor for the day and was able to convince him to sweep the house.

We tried to dress up our dog, Twilight, as a black widow spider.
She was not too happy about it.
She gave me these sad eyes, wondering what I was doing to her.

Twilight's birthday is today and 
yes, she is our Vampire Dog.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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El Baile Flamenco

The Dance of the Night

While in Cordoba, we were treated to a night of flamenco dancing.
This dance of Andalusia is an inspiration for many artists, including myself.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos

 Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos 
(Castle of Christian Monarchs)
Corodoba, Spain
poured watercolor

While in Spain, I taught my class how to do a poured watercolor. The above image is what we did. 
It is of the  Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos in Cordoba. 
This castle is located along the river near the Mezquita and was built in 1328 by Alfonso XI. 
It is the castle where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella resided when Christopher Columbus approached them with the request to fund his journey and subsequently the discovery of America. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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Painting In Spain 2012

 The Olive Grove

I just returned from spending 10 fabulous days in the south of Spain teaching a watercolor course.
It was a dream come true with good food, perfect weather, and the most amazing time painting.
We did some plein air painting, some pours, and we even painted with wine.

The resort where we stayed is in Andalusia near Villanueva de Tapia, which is about an hour north of Malaga.
We would spend a couple of days painting at the resort. Then spend a day with our cameras touring the local sites before we would repeat the cycle.
Everything was provided for us by Hilary and Mike Powell of Flavour of Spain.
Hilary arranged the tours and Mike was the chef extraordinaire, making us the most amazing Spanish tapas and meals.
All we had to worry about was what would we paint today.

El Molino

The back of El Molino

Some of my students painting "en plein air"

One of the many views from El Molino

Some of my students painting with wine.

Olive Tree for Nick
(another demonstration piece for the class)

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