Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
I've just completed this watercolor, and framed it. It was fun, it goes well with the rest of my TANGO series. Painting is good for you, and dancing tango is good for you. In San Diego, you can dance tango at several venues. Tango del Rey, near the 5 Fwy, is convenient, easy parking, very friendly and patient instructors. Try dancing tango!
Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Driving down La Jolla Shores street last week, in La Jolla, California, I saw this magnificent view of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. The trees are full of red, orange and yellow leaves, people walking and exercising. This is WINTER, for goodness sakes! Yet the colors are not winter-like. I painted this watercolor on an Aquaboard for watercolor, a new experience for me. It felt weird, but it took the watercolor well. Later I varnished it with spray varnish.
A new study proves creating visual art after retirement does a body-and mind- good. A recent study conducted in Germany suggests it might be beneficial to our brains. Using fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to measure brain activity in recent retirees, several researchers published their results in an article: "How Art Changes Your Brain" in PLOS ONE, an international, peer reviewed outline journal.
The brains of those who were "physically creating art" showed "a significant improvement in psychological resilience" or stress resistance over the control group taking art appreciation. Find more details: www.plosone.org
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
This morning we had a fabulous breakfast here. I did this quick sketch of the view I had from my table, after breakfast. Suddenly this handsome man came to our table and introduced himself: he was Richard Walker, the owner of this and other establishments! What a surprise! Apparently our waitress had told him I was sketching. Delicious super-breakfast!
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Above: Tango Callejero, watercolor, 30x22 in. , in exhibition at THE GLASHAUS, 1815 Main Street, San Diego, California 92113. Part of the exhibit: DANCING INTO THE NEW YEAR, during the month of January 2015.