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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Years ago I wrote a bit of poetry. I've been recently thinking of the beautiful Japanese from of Haiku and trying my hand at it. I'd like to try to write one a day and see if I can do it. So here goes. Let me know what you think and if I should not quit my day job. I'm working on trying to get a good contrast without being too obvious (I think at this point, it is and I need to work harder) But it's a start and I'm having fun with it. A fellow artist I know (Lee Wayne Mills) creates haikus (is that the correct plural form?) and then a an abstract painting based on the poem. A wonderful idea I think.

I need to research this further because I'm reading something about a thing called "morae" which may or may not be the same as our English syllable. In that case, these little poems I've written may or may not be called "haiku" in the traditional sense.

There's also a facebook page. Click here for the link.

Anyway, here are my first feeble attempts!

Haiku Day 1

bird song and frog croak
awake to greet the sunrise
unaware, the city sleeps

Haiku Day 2

a pink horizon
spreads itself across the sky
dark shapes hug the land

the sky is crimson
now, dawn lights up the sky
grey herons swoop down

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bob's Workshop at Gallery One! Time to Register!

Bob will be teaching a workshop "Basic Digital Photography" at Gallery One in Ocean View in June. Gallery One is a fine art gallery owned and operated by a group of local artists hailing from the Maryland/Delaware shore area.

Bob's photograph entitled "Monreale Restoration, Palermo"

Here are the details. If you are interested, don't wait, these classes fill up!

Learn to use a digital camera and set up a photo to achieve optimum light, angle, and composition. Students must bring their own digital camera with charged batteries and the camera manual to each class.
(Class size: 6 min-12 max.)
Date: June 21 and 22
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Fee: $75

Gallery One, 32 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970. For information or to register call 302-537-5055.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Watercolor Journaling Workshops: Register now!!

Discover the joy of creating a watercolor journal as a memento of your travels - around the world or just around the neighborhood.

One of my journal pages created at Abbott's Mill Nature Center

Here's the info:
Watercolor Journaling Workshops

If you are in and around the Milford area:
Sat/Sun/Mon, June 25-27, 5:30-7:30pm
Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut Street, Milford DE. For information or to register call Judy at 302-424-8361
Member/Non-Member Price: $70/$80

If you are in and around the Ocean View area:
Wed/Thurs, June 29-30, 10am-3pm
Gallery One, 32 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970. For information or to register call 302-537-5055. www.galleryonede.com
Price: $120

Some examples of what I teach and what my students do!

A Watercolor Journaling Session in my Studio - working with MJ

In this session my students sketched and painted their shoes and journaled about it!

Maha's watercolor journal painted outside, along the Riverwalk in downtown Milford

And, in bad weather I always find interesting places to watercolor journal! This session was inside Minorbird, a lovely shop in Milford!

Hope you can come! It's a lot of fun! And they are filling up fast!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A New Watercolor: Puglia

This new watercolor is entitled "Laundry Day, Alberobello, Puglia" - this is the region where the trulli are found. These are the little houses with circular pointed stone roofs unique to this area. Click here for Bob's photograph that inspired my painting.

Here is an excerpt from our Italy Blog of what I wrote about this very special, little visited (by Americans) region of Italy:

Trulli! Alberobello and Locorotondo - February 19, 2007

On Wednesday, we got up and out early (in spite of a bit of a hangover from drinking an entire bottle of wine!) and headed for Alberobello, by way of Locorotondo. We were thrilled to see a brilliant blue sky overhead and couldn't wait to get started. It is impossible to describe the feeling of driving through this area and seeing these little houses in clusters everywhere. For one thing, they seem so simple and lovely, sometimes a single one standing along, usually in clusters of 3 or more. Some are dark stones, other more tan, golden. Some have white tops with decorations on them, some are plain. They say that it is just easier to build another one when you need more room, so some of the larger farms seem like an entire little borgo, with at least 10 or 12 of varying heights, clustered around a more box-like house. White is the color of these homes, unless they are made entirely of the warm, pink/tan stones of the area. Low stone walls surround the farms, reminding us of Ragusa and there are olive groves and vineyards and broad stretches of rolling farmland, a bright chartreuse green now.

But nothing is like arriving in Alberobello and seeing an entire little city, two huge neighborhoods on either side of a main drag, built completely of these trulli. The people themselves seem built to fit in them as so many of them were small of stature as well and we wondered which came first! They were for the most part friendly and proud of their little homes but we can only imagine how it must be in the summ
er when their world is invaded by hordes of tourists. It really is like stepping into a fairytale and you fully expect to see Snow White appear, because surely, Sneezy, Grumpy and Happy must be nearby. We loved it. We took copious amounts of photos. I sketched.