Gardenias in the Tropic of Capricorn 

Gardenias, 12×9″, watercolor, 2016 Walking here in Campinas, SP, Brasil, I’m occasionally stopped dead in  my tracks by the fragrance of the gardenias. The smell is for me euphoria. I just stand happy to be present in the joyous perfume forever. When I was a kid we had gardenias in the backyard that scented theContinue reading “Gardenias in the Tropic of Capricorn “

Sloppy Research in Marangá  

Cochlospermum gillvraei Benth., 8×8″, watercolor, 2016 http://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/624696 These seed pods grow on a tree, Bixaceae Cochlospermum gillivaei, a yellow flowered species common in Brasil, hailing from Australia. I haven’t determined its common name yet. Not being a botanist myself, I’ll offer the caveat that the above information might be wrong.When I see a plant thatContinue reading “Sloppy Research in Marangá  “

Mulheres do Trópico de Capricorn

Mulheres do Trópico de Capricorn, 12×9″, pastel The sunlight in the Tropic of Capricorn is blinding, saturating all it settles upon. There’s a lot of ambient environmental red and orange from the tawny clay earth to the baked tile roofs. Trees and plants scream green and yellow, the sky vibrates blue and indigo. It’s astoundinglyContinue reading “Mulheres do Trópico de Capricorn”

ARARIBA 

​ Arabiba, 12×9″, watercolor on 14O # Paper These winged seeds come from a tree which can grow to over 100 feet in height. In Brasil the tree is used extensively in reforestation projects, urban landscaping and for its ornamental wood. The yellow flowers become really large, 4-6″ whirly-gig units which are blown far and wide.Continue reading “ARARIBA “

Tropical Depression

Tropical Depression, 20 x 14″, pastel in Arches 140# CP Being American, being of a nature that celebrates variety and a se la vie attitude towards  most  matters, I must admit that I had a real sense of depression and loss with regard to the  US election  results. I’ve been painting this since the day of theContinue reading “Tropical Depression”

Tropical Sun and Shade

Tropical  Sun and Shade, 140# h0t press watercolor paper A couple years ago when I decided to paint with watercolors I found a book by Tom Hoffaman, Watercolor Painting, 2012, http://hoffmannwatercolors.com. I got a digital copy of it and refer to it frequently. Tom put out a post today about his upcoming teaching schedule for this andContinue reading “Tropical Sun and Shade”