Costa Rica Art Prints

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Manzanillo Beach Art Print

Manzanillo is located on the southern tip of the Limón province on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, near Panama. In this painting, a palm tree is hanging out in the warm late-morning breeze, next to the Caribbean water gently rolling up to the shore. Red flowers are in bloom on a bush right below the palm tree.

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Manzanillo Beach, Costa Rica

Puerto Viejo Beach Sunset Art Print

This art print is of an oil painting of an evening beach sunset along the shores of Puerto Viejo! Puerto Viejo is just a little further north up the coast from Manzanillo.

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Puerto Viejo Beach Sunset Art

These Costa Rica art prints are available as ultra premium prints, unframed or framed, in my Spanglish America Etsy shop. They make for excellent beach decor, especially for those that have vacationed or lived in Costa Rica (I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer there from 2006 to 2008 and came to know the country intimately).

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 a huge annual event held in Sevilla, known for its music, dancing, food, men dressed in suits and women dressed in flamenco dresses.

Here is a charcoal and red ink drawing of a Spanish Flamenco dress that I recently created. Art Prints are available here.

Click here to view more Spanish influenced art!

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Spanish Flamenco Dress – Charcoal Drawing

Travel to Argentina and Uruguay

Last week I traveled with my wife and mother-in-law to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Buenos Aires City View

My wife’s grandfather, Marcos, emigrated from Buenos Aires to the U.S. in 1960. He sadly passed away many years ago, but much extended family remains in Buenos Aires, most of whom I got to meet for the first time!

We laughed:

Argentina Szeinfeld Family

Argentina Tia Dela's House

 

Buenos Aires Argentina Family

We ate (oh boy, did we eat!):

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Buenos Aires Argentina Coffee

We took a day trip to Montevideo, Uruguay:

Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay

And with the warmth of my new family in Argentina, we experienced the city of Buenos Aires from a local and authentic perspective:

Argentina Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Argentina Tango

Argentina Evita Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Argentina

Buenos Aires Argentina Blue Car

It was a trip I’ll always remember. We plan on visiting again!

Soon I’ll be posting more photography.

– Dave

First Layer of Paint – La Tuiliere, France

When applying the first layer of paint to a painting, it’s always like looking at a piece of art that just as easily could have been made by a 5 year old version of me:

La Tuiliere In Progress

 

Then, with each successive layer of paint and fine tuning, the art starts maturing and eventually turns into a professional-looking piece!

Here, I’ve drawn out what I’m going to paint, and added a thin layer of oil paint to about half of the canvas so far.

A Spontaenous Weekend Getaway to Salt Lake City, Utah

What a weekend!

My wife and I took a spontaneous getaway to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Utah Sign

All of last week, we were planning on going to the Finger Lakes in New York. But most of the B&B’s and hotels were booked, plus the weather was supposed to be rainy.

So I thought, “Why don’t we try to do a ‘last-minute’ sort of trip…maybe we can get a deal?”

I downloaded the Hotel Tonight iPhone app, looked at their list of cities, and saw Salt Lake City. We’d never been. “Let’s go,” we said.

My father-in-law works for a major airline, so we’re able to get standby tickets.

Airport Shoes Photo - Utah

We reserved our tickets, left for the airport, got on the flight, booked a ‘last-minute deal’ hotel room, and by midnight we were there.

The next morning we had breakfast, rented a Ford Focus, got some maps (I am not a GPS type of person…a brain and a compass usually beats a GPS!), and off we were to the Great Salt Lake.

Great Salt Lake Bison Utah

First time I’ve ever seen a bison! I’ve eaten them, but never seen one in person. Their heads are huge, by the way.

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Dave Great Salt Lake Utah

Afterwards, we drove back toward Salt Lake City, stopped for some lunch, then booked a hotel downtown. This much activity deserved a nap, and we took advantage. Later, we found a hip Italian restaurant and had a D.O.C. Margherita Pizza (D.O.C. stands for ‘Denominazione di Origine Controllata’, aka the real deal margherita pizza, as they make them in Naples).

Pizza Utah Margherita

Then we checked out the University of Utah campus, stopped at a Whole Foods for water bottles for the next day, and hit the sack back at the hotel.

The next morning we drove to the trendy 9th and 9th neighborhood and found the go-to café – The Coffee Garden.

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9 and 9

Maybe it was the neighborhood, but Salt Lake City is definitely a place for hipsters. The state is very outdoor-oriented also, which I love. There is a laid-back vibe in the air.

After breakfast, we drove east through the mountains to go to Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival.

Park City, Utah

We did a little shopping, then continued on our drive to a geothermal, underground mineral water crater at the Homestead Resort in Midway, where we swam in the warm, deep-hued turquoise waters.

This was the epitome of relaxation.

My skin felt smoother than I think it’s ever felt before. If you can ever swim in natural mineral water, I recommend it!

Geothermal Crater Utah

The next destination on our trip was Sundance, Robert Redford’s famous mountain resort. On the way there, we drove along the long and winding Deer Creek Reservoir, a popular recreational area. Maybe we’ll swim here next time?

Deer Creek Utah

Eventually we got to Sundance, where we bought a few gifts at the store, whose establishment preceded the well-known Sundance catalogue.

Sundance, Utah Landscape

Sundance Utah

We had some food from the café, then headed back towards our hotel we booked by the airport in Salt Lake City, but not before making another stop at The Coffee Garden in 9th by 9th to unwind for the evening.

Utah, thanks for the memorable trip!

Look out for paintings in the next couple months of beautiful Utah scenes!