Painting from La Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla

Earlier this summer, I received a nice compliment on a bullfight painting that I did about 6 years ago: This painting was done from a photo that my wife took at a bullfight in Seville, Spain, in 2004, at the famous Plaza de la Maestranza de Caballería. The person who commented was very interested in theContinue reading “Painting from La Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla”

Spanish Flamenco Dress Art – Charcoal Drawing

Spanish Flamenco Dress Art When my wife and I were on vacation in Sevilla, Spain, a few weeks ago, we saw several boutique shops full of colorful flamenco dresses. I imagine they all do a great business during the time leading up to La Feria de Abril (April Fair)! La Feria de Abril is aContinue reading “Spanish Flamenco Dress Art – Charcoal Drawing”

A History of Nicaragua (and photos from my trip)

After having heard a lot about the tumultuous political history of Nicaragua, what with my in-laws being from Nicaragua and having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in nearby Costa Rica, I was still never quite able to put all the pieces together. I knew of the Somoza dictatorship, the Sandinistas, the Iran-Contras scandal, the lunacyContinue reading “A History of Nicaragua (and photos from my trip)”

Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica – beach, soccer, fish, relax

I’ve been going through my photos from the Peace Corps a lot lately and finding inspirations for paintings.  In 2008 I took a little weekend vacation “with the boys” to Puerto Viejo, Limon, on the southern Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  This is may favorite place in Costa Rica.  The Caribbean coast of Costa RicaContinue reading “Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica – beach, soccer, fish, relax”

Musical and Cultural Inspiration for Painting – Vallenato from Colombia

Inspiration from Smithsonian Folklife Festival This past weekend my wife, a friend and I went to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC, an annual festival whose goal is to strengthen and preserve diverse, authentic, living traditions – both old and new.  This year has 3 focuses – Rythm and Blues, the Peace Corps (it’sContinue reading “Musical and Cultural Inspiration for Painting – Vallenato from Colombia”

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