Sea Horse

I love this short story – Sea Horse, from PeaceGrooves, that takes place in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

Puerto Viejo is a place I’ve painted a few times, and will continue to paint in the future. I love it there. Have you been?

Puerto Viejo Painting

Puerto Viejo Painting

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Puerto Viejo Boat
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Beach Cactus, Orange Seashell, Biking to Manzanillo

Beach Cactus

When I was exploring this beach, Playa Panama, in Costa Rica, I was surprised to come upon a cactus at a far edge of the beach! It seemed to be majestically standing guard over the turquoise blue water.

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Beach Cactus – SOLD

Orange Seashell

There are thousands of seashells lying on any given beach, but you really can appreciate each one:

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Glowing Seashell – SOLD

Bike Ride to Manzanillo

Manzanillo is a half-hour bike ride south of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica.

Bike Ride to Manzanillo, Costa Rica

It’s nearly in Panama. You feel like you really are “away from it all”, and the truth is, once you leave Puerto Viejo, you are. It does get hot, so bring water to drink…

Dog in Manzanillo Costa Rica

Or cool off in the water:

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Manzanillo Beach – SOLD

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 Rica seems to be less visited by tourists, yet I find it much more appealing.  I think it’s prettier and enjoy the Caribbean culture more.  Reggae music, jerk chicken, coconut rice and beans, slow pace, patua language (a mixture of English, Spanish and French)…

Anyways, we were hanging out and walking along the water one evening and I got this picture of a boy kicking his soccer ball along with a big fish in his hand.  I think this shows a slower-paced lifestyle; go fishing, walk along the beach, play a little soccer…

I just finished it today –

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Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – Acrylic Painting

It’s an acrylic on a 6″ by 6″ Ampersand artist panel.