Arte, Cultura de Costa Rica, Música, Baile y Fiesta (and mean faces, smile next time!!)

I came across this photo on Facebook last night of my former students Brad and Itxel, in traditional Guanacaste dress, standing in front of the mural I painted of a Guanacaste man and woman in traditional dress! A few months ago several of my former students got on Facebook all of a sudden after theContinue reading “Arte, Cultura de Costa Rica, Música, Baile y Fiesta (and mean faces, smile next time!!)”

2/3 done with painting

Just have to add some more depth with the rye, make the sky a bit darker and more dangerous-looking, and add in the main character (possibly my client’s father, in this case), on the cliff.  Until then, here’s what it looks like right now!

Progress on painting…a skyscape full of emotions

The sky-scape in the Catcher in the Rye painting I’m working on gradually changes from a sunny, happy temperament to gloomy and bleak.  The darkest part of the painting is on the far right side, where Holden Caulfield will be standing on a cliff. Holden Caulfield’s unsettled state of mind is revealed in the opening paragraph: “IfContinue reading “Progress on painting…a skyscape full of emotions”

Love in a troubled inner world…The Catcher in the Rye

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.  Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me.  And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.  What I have to do, I have to catch everybody ifContinue reading “Love in a troubled inner world…The Catcher in the Rye”

Mixed Media Surf Art

Lots of surf art lately, and here is another piece to add to the collection!  This is a custom-made, 8″ by 12″ mixed-media piece done on a Canson Illustration Board (a museum-quality paper).  Below is the original photo, accompanied by 2 shots of the artwork! To commission your own special art piece, please view myContinue reading “Mixed Media Surf Art”

Surf Art in Maui!

This is a recently completed painting of surfer Arnie Smith hitting the waves in Maui, Hawaii!  The painting is 8″ by 12″ and custom framed in a 12″ by 16″ black metal, archival-quality frame with UV glass protection, and an acid and lignin-free mat board!  Thanks Jenny for giving me the opportunity to provide youContinue reading “Surf Art in Maui!”

Family Portrait Drawing – Father and Daughter

Here is a father-daughter portrait drawing that I recently completed. This portrait drawing really shows off the innocent energy and playfulness present in the captured moment.  What she’s doing is slapping a sticker of Dora the Explorer on his forehead, just in case you’re wondering! To commission your own special portrait art, please see the Commission CustomContinue reading “Family Portrait Drawing – Father and Daughter”

finished Punta Uvita oil painting – Costa Rica art

…and I’m done!  This oil painting of the whale’s tale formation in Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay), Costa Rica.

Peace Corps Art

The past few days I’ve been taking the bus from Alexandria to Arlington.  We live in a diverse neighborhood on the north end of Alexandria, close to a large Latino community made up of mostly Central American immigrants.  Since I am usually one of the few gringos on the bus, it sort of reminds meContinue reading “Peace Corps Art”

Grandparents – Granddaughter Portrait Art Drawing

I recently turned this photo of baby Victoria with her visiting grandparents from Portugal into a portrait drawing that was given as a surprise gift to them.  Mario, the grandfather, is also a talented artist.  I’m glad they liked it and have some meaningful artwork to display in their home back in Portugal! To commissionContinue reading “Grandparents – Granddaughter Portrait Art Drawing”

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