Da Roma, Con Amore

We are back in the Eternal City.  Eternal traffic jams, streams of friendly people and an endless supply of art.   Check back here for lots of photos and updates! 

The Pantheon, Rome

The Pantheon, Rome

 

 

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Woman in Hijab Arch | woman in hijab

Woman in Hijab Arch

Many of the arches of Islamic architecture echo the shape of the upper body of the human form.  Here I have placed a face on that arch with this sketch in acrylics.   There is an example of an arch below the painting.

Woman in Hijab Arch, acrylics on paper, 13.5 x 21 cm/ 5.3 x 8.15"

Woman in Hijab Arch, acrylics on paper, 13.5 x 21 cm/ 5.3 x 8.15″

 

Islamic Arch

Islamic Arch

Self Portrait at Wine Fest | self portrait

 

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Big Band Concert – pen and ink drawings

These were done in the audience at Palau de la Musica, Big Band Concert May 2017

 

Big Band Palau de la Musica, small stage, 16 x 11 cm,

Big Band Palau de la Musica, small stage, 16 x 11 cm

Palau de la Musica, Certamen May 17, 16 x 11 cm

Palau de la Musica, Certamen May 17, 16 x 11 cm

Palau de la Musica, Certamen May 17, 16 x 11 cm

Palau de la Musica, Certamen May 17, 16 x 11 cm

 

Palau de la Musica, Certamen May 17

Palau de la Musica, Certamen May 17, 16 x 11 cm

Couple Snuggles 3 | couple snuggles acrylic painting

Couple Snuggles 3

Another in the Enamorado Con Amor/In Love with Love series.  Part of love is intimacy, but of course not all intimacy denotes love.  Here it does, and the couple sparkles in the play of light and shadow against a sharply and varied colored background.  

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III detail

Couple Snuggles III

Couple Snuggles III, acrylics on canvas, 1.5m x .95m, 57 x37″ 

The Buck Starts Here- tRump!

The Buck Starts Here!

 

The US President Harry Truman is famous for saying, “The Buck Stops Here.”  “Passing the buck” means avoiding responsibility and blame others.  That’s Trump in a nutshell-  it’s never his fault.

The Buck Starts Here

The Buck Starts Here, 29.7 x 42 cm, 11.7 x 16.5″ acrylics on Canson 300 gram acid free paper

 

 

Woman Climbs From Water | pastel painting woman climbs from water

Woman Climbs From Water , pastels, 50 x 65 cm, 20 x 25" (untrimmed)

Woman Climbs From Water — pastels, 50 x 65 cm, 20 x 25″ (untrimmed)

 

Woman Climbs From Water detail

Woman Climbs From Water detail

Woman Climbs From Water detail

Woman Climbs From Water detail

Woman Climbs From Water detail

Woman Climbs From Water detail

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca– Painting of Mallorca | Painting of Mallorca

This painting of Mallorca is a fantasy set in the capital of the Mallorca, the Spanish island off the coast of Valencia.   Woman have coffee while looking at a sculpture of woman.  In the background is the Cathedral, famous for the interior bathed in light from the rose windows and lighting by the famous Spanish Modernismo architect from Barcelona,  Antonio Gaudi.  

It is a major tourist destination for beach goers in the millions.  Germans, Russians, even the Spanish come here to luxuriate in the the beach resorts that line vast sections of the island’s coast.  But for a more serious tourist there is art, architecture and history, plus a neat one hour train to Sóller, a small, charming and tourist-overrun village in the mountains, in vintage wooden cars.  There are galleries for the upscale buyer and for Miró fans there’s his museum and studio on high with fine views of the coast.  (continued below the paintings)

 

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca-  a painting of Mallorca

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca, Painting of Mallorca, detail

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca, Painting of Mallorca, detail

 

 

At the Cafe, Cathedral of Mallorca

Cathedral of Mallorca in the distance, tourist walking by

After the the Iberians came the Phoenicians and Greeks.  The island was ruled from Rome no later than 123 BCE.   Then the Arabs arrived, whose fleet moored in the harbor and convinced the islanders to submit to Islamic rule while allowing residents to maintain their religious preferences.  Piracy was a significant source of wealth in the Islamic era, most likely largely due to the strategic location of the island.  The city was reconquered in 1229 by Jaume (James) I of Aragon.  His son built Bellver Castle and started the Cathedral.  In 1391 anti-Jewish killings were widespread.  Those who did not leave the island and survived were forced to convert.  Two gangs ruled the island in the 17th century,  when piracy was again widespread, while the Jews suffered tremendously thanks to that lovely chapter of Spanish history, the Inquisition.

The Cathedral, called La Seu, was started in the 13th but not finished until the early 17th century.   It is a Gothic structure and by no means is its exterior among the most attractive of that style.

The view of the Seu was from the roof of our hotel in the old center.

Couple Snuggling in Bed | Couple Snuggling in Bed pastel painting

Another in the Enamorado Con Amor/In Love with Love series.  Part of love is intimacy, but of course not all intimacy denotes love.  Here it does, and the couple sparkles in the play of light and shadow.  

 

Couple Snuggling in Bed, pastels, 65 x 50 cm/25.5 x 20"

Couple Snuggling in Bed, pastel painting, 65 x 50 cm/25.5 x 20″ 

 

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

Couple Snuggling in Bed detail

 

The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints.  The binder has a neutral hue and low intensity.  

Pastel is challenging because it is mixed and blended on the paper or other surface.  Colors cannot be tested on a palette although with the new powder pastels you can.  This work was done with sticks.  Changes are not easy to make, as you can not just paint over things.

In use since the Renaissance, they were very popular in the 18th century.  My favorite pastel painter is Renoir.  

The Buck Starts Here (anti-Trump) | anti trump art

Available as Limited Edition Prints (100) signed, or in an unlimited version

 

 

The Buck Starts Here

The Buck Starts Here