One of my New Year’s ambitions was to cycle the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail more often than I had in the previous year. By January 7, I’d cycled 80 miles on the trail. The trail is through sections of Paynes Prairie State Preserve. I enjoy going downhill at 24-26 mph, feeling the rush of wind on […]
A watercolor portrait of a raven was created during my recent hiking and painting trip to the Grand Canyon. As I took photos of a raven sitting on a fence rail, I talked to the bird, telling it I admired its glistening feathers. I think its response indicated that it wasn’t interested in conversing unless […]
For me, visiting art stores in Barcelona is like visiting jewelry stores with rare and unique offerings. During my stay in Barcelona I was able to visit six different art stores, each with a range of exciting art supplies and especially watercolor offerings. It was a great opportunity to check out the different types of […]
A trip to the beach was a different experience this summer. Usually when I’m at the beach, I’m collecting shells, reading fiction or taking photographs of birds. This time, I was sketching. I sketched smaller watercolors for postcards and larger images for upcoming art shows. Favorite paints for capturing the sand, sea, sky and foilage […]
La Boqueria is an interesting market in Barcelona. With a range of fruits, vegetables, meats, sweets, spices, olives and people, I could spend a day wandering through it and just looking and taking photographs. On this particular visit, we were on a mission to purchase cheese, bread, grapes and other interesting items for celebrating New […]
Cycling has always been a favorite outdoor activity of mine. I had the opportunity to get out on our local Rail Trail, The Gainesville-Hawthorne Rail Trail, twice before the end of 2017. The first December ride was cold but with beautiful blue Florida skies. The second December ride was warmer but with grey skies and […]
Every year around Christmas time, the University of Florida Environmental Horticultural Club hosts a “Poinsettia Festival.” It’s always interesting to see the new leaf shapes, colors and designs of poinsettias that have been grafted. I believe I overheard someone say orange is the newest color. Here’s a short video from today’s visit.