Sunday, March 29, 2015

TERRAZAS DE MARBELLA I, watercolor sketch

TERRAZAS DE MARBELLA I, watercolor sketch, 4x4

Marbella is a beautiful and elegant town on the South of Spain, where Dali sculptures grace the downtown plaza leading from the gorgeous beach to the lovely Old Town shops, bars and restaurants area. This is a sketch of a quite villa of condominiums nearby.

To get to Marbella, you can fly into Malaga, and visit the several Picasso museums in Malaga, since he was born there.  His native house in front of the plaza is one of the museums.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Le Pont Neuf, Toulouse, France, watercolor

LE  PONT NEUF, TOULOUSE, France, 14x20 in. (35.5x50.8 cm.) watercolor, available for purchase.

One of the several bridges that crosses the industrial and University city of Toulouse, and its main river: La Garone. Le Pont Neuf is particularly beautiful as the sun goes down. Older, traditional buildings in Toulouse have been  built with bricks, giving the town a reddish color, thus called:" la ville rose". Tango Festival in the summer is fantastic, with people dancing tango everywhere! 

Monday, March 23, 2015


SAN DIEGO SKYLINE from Harbor Island, watercolor on Arches paper, 9x12 in. Painted plain air last week a day that the light was constantly changing. The sky, the clouds, and the sun, were playing hide and seek the entire morning!

We recently took a tour-cruise on the San Diego Harbor, and learned that "Harbor Island" didn't exist a hundred years ago. It was created with the accumulation of silt and rocks from the bottom of the bay, to deepen the San Diego Bay. Now there are some beautiful hotels, restaurants, parks, yatch club, it is a lovely ride with a gorgeous view of the San Diego skyline.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

LA ROUTE DES CYGNES, watercolor and ink sketch in my journal

LA ROUTE DES CYGNES,  ( The route of the swans, my translation) , watercolor and ink sketch from the book by RenĂ© Hardy. This is a novelized version of the discovery of America by the Vikings. The story starts in the year 870, and it goes on until 1006. I read it in French, my own translation is "The route of the swans", but it may have a different title in English. It was a very entertaining book, about a fantastic story. The discovery of a whole new continent, while they were thinking they had just discovered new lands farther away.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, sketch in my journal

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE, journal sketch from the book by Anthony Doerr. Amazing story of a 13 year old blind girl in Paris, and a 14 year old orphan boy in Germany. At the same time, the chapters succeed like a ping-pong game: girl/boy/girl... The metaphors are extraordinary, beautiful, remind me of Pablo Neruda's poems. The play of opposites next to each other for contrast and beauty are fantastic! Which is the "LIGHT" we cannot see? There is more to this book than the story of these people, and the war,

Monday, March 16, 2015

CALIFORNIA SOUVENIR, acrylic on board/panel, plein-air

CALIFORNIA SOUVENIR, 9x12 in. painted plein-air in Cambria, California. I must add I painted it last Spring while freezing to death on the cold beach, in spite of all the jackets I was wearing! But it was fun anyway, because I was with good company.

In painting as in life, it is not WHAT you do, or WHERE you do it, but HOW and WHY you do it. It's the motive, the goal, the company that counts.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

KATHLEEN'S FIRE, pastel portrait on Canson paper

KATHLEEN'S FIRE, pastel portrait on Canson paper, 28x22 in., a portrait of Kathleen Mitchell, glass blower extraordinaire, at The Glashaus.

Big event today Saturday, March 14, at The Glashaus, Kathleen's exhibition of her beautiful production. Come today, wonderful music, good food, and her fantastic artwork. Most studios will be open, too, including mine, all afternoon and evening. The Glashaus: 1815 Main Street, San Diego 92113. From the 5 fwy, exit Cesar Chavez Ave. See you tonight!