Edwardo’s Patio

Edwardo’s Patio, 12×9″, watercolor, 2016 Edwardo invited us to dinner last weekend. He has a highrise apartment in downtown Campinas, Brasil. The view’s great from the seventeenth floor and his deck is​ enormous and totally private. I was caught by the combination of geometry and airy openess and painted it in tribute to built spaces.Continue reading “Edwardo’s Patio”

7° North of the Tropic of Capricorn

We moved closer to the Equator last weekend, landing in Brasilia, 7° north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Ted had some business at the University of Brasilia. His colleagues, our friends, Adson and Diana, showed us  around several of the campuses spread far and wide throughout the city. Brasil is going through political and monetaryContinue reading “7° North of the Tropic of Capricorn”

Jardim Botanica

Jardim Botanica, 2016, 8 x 8″, watercolor on 140# CP paper  Ted and I have toured a few major highlights in Brasilia proper the past few days, places honoring the founders of this latest Brazilian  state, monuments which commemorate, venerate  and relegate these men who once held power to eternal memory. Ashes to ashes and dust toContinue reading “Jardim Botanica”

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”

Daylight Saving Time in the Tropic of Capricorn 

Tumbergia de Sara, 8×8″, watercolor on 140# hot press ppape The time changed overnight in Campinas, Brazil. Now it’s much hotter earlier in the day as the spring moves toward summer here. I painted a tumbergia, a very long and thick vine which has spread to shade the entire south patio of our apartment. TheirContinue reading “Daylight Saving Time in the Tropic of Capricorn “

Humidity and the Tropic of Capricorn

Humidity is often high along the imaginary circular line which is the Tropic of Capricorn . As I write it is  86% humidity  in Campinas, Brazil. In Phoenix,  AZ, where I was a week ago humidity is just 27%. Why should I notice or care about the difference? I notice and care because the paperContinue reading “Humidity and the Tropic of Capricorn”

The Tropic of Capricorn is on the move

Most folks probably know this already but the Tropic of Capricorn (TofC) moves about 15 meters north every blessed year, just when I’d started to think some things are constant.  This fact has something to do with earth’s tilt as it orbits the sun…it’s really far beyond my reckoning. These seeds and pods were on theContinue reading “The Tropic of Capricorn is on the move”