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Italy 2017.11.25>12.01.048

Week 48: The last week in Italy I finished my last week with Davide Barbini with a still life of a wine bottle, oranges, newspaper, my diary and favorite Pelikan ink pen. It was a challenging still life since one side was lit with a blueish white light and the other side with a pinkish-orange … Continue reading

Italy 2017.11.11>11.24.046+47

Weeks 46 and 47 With only three weeks left in my time in Florence, weeks 46 and 47 were packed. We visited Venice and Lisbon on two consecutive weekends. We enjoyed both cities immensely. Seeing the Tintoretto and Titian painting in Venice was especially invigorating. It was also very pleasant to travel out of season. Lea … Continue reading

Italy 2017.11.04>11.10.045

Saturday marked my third class with Davide Barbini. Davide is an instructor at the Angel Academy of Art. He takes on extra students in his spare time. Besides his deep knowledge and artistic skill, Davide is a dedicated student of art and art technique. We have constructed 3weeks of study centered on color theory and … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.28-11.3>44

On Saturday, we toured the Altes Nationale Museum in Berlin to see paintings from the late 1800s to the early 20th century. This purpose built museum for a fixed collection was the first in the world to collect impressionist paintings (Monet in 1876). It houses work by Adolph Menzel, Caspar David Friedrich, Carl Blechen, Anton von Werner, Max Lieberman, Arnold … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.21>27.043

Week 43 in Florence began with my first lesson with Davide Barbini, my former instructor at The Angel Academy of Art. I chose Davide because of his experience with color, his keen eye and his innate understanding of the needs of the neophyte student. My first lesson was a 30 cm X 40 cm oil … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.14>20.042

We arrived in Florence on Sunday, September 15 in the early evening. Bright and early the next morning I began classes at Amy Florence Mosley’s studio located on Piazzale Donatello (just 10 minutes further walk north from Angel Academy and 3o minutes from my apartment.) I will study with Amy until November 8. The first … Continue reading

México 2017.09.30>10.06.040

This week marks the end of my summer at home. Next Friday the 13th of October, Lea and I leave for Italy. We will be there for seven weeks during which time I will work with Davide Barbini and Amy Florence Mosely. This week we began the process of cleaning the house, doing minor repairs … Continue reading

Mérida, Yucatan > Portland, Oregon

Lea and I have decided to leave Mérida for Portland, Oregon. We will miss the deep and wonderful friendships that we have nurtured since the fall of 2013. We will sincerely miss the wonderful Mayan people—their love of family, quiet tenacity and centuries-long connections to this magical place called the Yucatan. Our new home will … Continue reading

MX 2017.08.26-.09.01.35

Week 35 started with a national crisis after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston, Texas. This event created havoc in the southwest coastal areas of Texas. On Facebook, I posted the statement Place not Prayer will save Houston. Several folks wondered what I meant (and I suspect many felt I was insulting their religiousness). Here is what … Continue reading

US 2017.08.19-25.034

Week 34 was spent in Minnesota dealing with a dental appointment, recovering from the light-treatment of my scalp and visiting with friends. I was also able to meet with Dan Vercruysse, Kate Michaud and Eric Amel (the recipients of the first three awards—and now on the jury) to discuss the essay question for the 2018 … Continue reading

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